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Report for Week Ending Nov. 6

Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 10:53 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
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The Rivermen Report
Report for Week Ending Nov. 6
The Peoria Rivermen completed yet another three-games-in-three-day stretch this weekend, their third of 12 this season. They are now 5-6-1-1 through their first 13 games of the year after they dropped two of three this weekend.

Nov. 4 – W 3-2 vs. Chicago
The Rivermen won the first of consecutive home games against the Chicago Wolves thanks to solid goaltending by Ben Bishop, who stopped 28 of 30 shots on goal. Derek Nesbitt scored the first Peoria goal while Anthony Nigro registered a short-handed tally to give the Rivermen a 2-1 lead early in the second period. Brett Sterling’s second period power-play goal broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the game winner. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Nov. 5 – L 2-1 vs. Chicago
Chicago earned the weekend split with a 2-1 win on Friday night as 29 of Peoria’s 30 shots on goal were stopped by goaltender Matt Climie. Nesbitt scored the lone Rivermen goal at 6:19 in the second period, which extended his goal-scoring streak to an AHL-best five games. Jake Allen stopped 25 of 27 shots on goal and remains winless on the year. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Nov. 6 – L 2-1 vs. Milwaukee

Entering the game, Peoria trailed Milwaukee and Charlotte by just a point for the division lead, however, an outstanding outing by Jeremy Smith prevented 31 of Peoria’s 32 shots from reaching the back of the net, keeping the Rivermen in third place. Jonathan Cheechoo tallied a second period power-play goal after he swatted in his fourth of the year from just outside the crease. VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Rivermen Notes
  • Peoria’s potent offense – which had scored 29 goals in its previous six games – was held to just five goals in three games this weekend.
  • Although the offense went cold this weekend, the Rivermen rank 12th in the league in goals scored per game at 3.23. They haven’t been as fortunate on defense however, allowing 3.15 goals per game, which positions them at 22nd in the league.
  • Ben Bishop is 5-3-1 with an impressive 2.25 goals-against average and 0.929 save percentage. Without his four goals allowed in his season debut, he has posted just a 2.14 GAA with a 0.931 sv%.
  • Derek Nesbitt (2g), Jonathan Cheechoo (1g, 1a), Brett Sterling (1g, 1a) and T.J. Hensick (2a) finished the weekend tied for the team lead with two points each.
  • After failing to tally a point on Saturday, Hensick and Sterling both saw their league-leading nine-game point streaks come to an end. Nesbitt’s goals scored streak also ended at five.
  • Hensick (4g, 13a) is tied for the league lead in assists with 13 through 13 games and is second in points with 17. Sterling (8g, 7a) is tied for third in goals and sixth in points with 15.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild currently leads all AHL rookie defensemen and ranks fourth overall in plus-minus. His plus-9 is only one back of John Albert (St. John’s) for the overall rookie lead.
  • Off-season acquisition Danny Syvret (8a) is tied for fourth in points among AHL defensemen with eight through 13 games played. His eight assists, five of which have come on the power play, grade him third in the league among defensemen.
  • Second year forward Anthony Nigro scored his fourth goal of the year this weekend on a shorthanded takeaway in Thursday night’s win. Nigro tallied nine goals and six assists in 54 games with Peoria in 2010-11.
  • Anthony Peluso’s 54 PIM rank third in the league after he accumulated 14 this weekend. Sterling’s 11 minors are the second most in the league.
  • After adding two more power-play goals this weekend, Peoria is tied for 10th in the AHL on the man advantage at 21.7%. The penalty kill grades 11th best in the league at 83.1%.
  • Peoria ranks third in minor penalties with 79 and sixth in penalty minutes per game at 20.23.
  • Sterling (47) and Cheechoo (45) rank among the top five in the league in shots on goal at fourth and fifth respectively, while Phil McRae’s 42 shots rank ninth in the league. McRae finished the weekend with 13 shots on goal.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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