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Report for the Week Ending Jan. 15

Tuesday, 01.17.2012 / 10:46 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
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The Rivermen Report
Report for the Week Ending Jan. 15
The Rivermen finished a five-game homestand – their longest of the season – with two wins and a loss last weekend to improve to 20-17-2-1 this season. Peoria’s 43 points rank fourth in the Midwest Division and eighth in the Western Conference.

Jan. 12 – W 4-0 vs. Lake Erie | HIGHLIGHTS
Ben Bishop recorded his league-leading sixth shutout and 16th win on Thursday night in a 38-save effort. T.J. Hensick (1g, 2a) and Brett Sterling (1g, 1a) each scored power-play goals while Derek Nesbitt (1g, 1a) and Mark Cundari (1g) scored in the latter half of the game. The Rivermen went 2-for-6 on the power play and held the Monsters scoreless on five opportunities.

Jan. 13 – L 2-1 vs. Houston | HIGHLIGHTS
For the third time in as many games, Hensick scored a first period power-play goal to give the Rivermen a 1-0 lead. After Houston countered with two first period goals, Peoria sent just 13 shots on goal over the final two periods. Jake Allen stopped 34 of 36 shots on goal while Aeros goaltender Darcy Kuemper saved 22 of 23. The Rivermen went 1-for-4 on the power play and held the Aeros to 1-for-7.

Jan. 14 – W 2-1 vs. Houston | HIGHLIGHTS

Brett Sonne and Nesbitt each scored second-period goals within a span of 1:41 while Bishop saved 32 of 33 shots on goal in his AHL-best 17th win of the season. Peoria finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play and Houston went 0-for-4.

Rivermen Report
  • Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop was named Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 15, 2012. Bishop won both of his starts last week and stopped 70 of 71 (0.986%) shots on goal. He currently ranks among the top five AHL goaltenders in GAA (2.17), save percentage (0.932%), wins (17), shutouts (6), minutes (1607:02) and saves (796).
  • All-star center T.J. Hensick’s 47 points (14g, 33a) continue to lead the Western Conference. Hensick has tallied seven points over the past four games and has registered at least one point in 32 of his 40 games this season.
  • Rookie defenseman Cade Fairchild leads the league in +/- at 21.
  • The Rivermen power play grades second best in the AHL at 21.8%. The penalty kill ranks eighth at 84.2%.
  • Hensick and Fairchild were both selected to play in the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic last week. Vote for Hensick and Fairchild to start in the game at TheAHL.com!
Transactions
  • Jan. 11 – Maury Edwards (D) released from PTO
  • Jan. 11 – Evgeny Grachev (LW) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Jan. 11 – Cade Fairchild (D) recalled on loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Jan. 14 – Cade Fairchild (D) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
The Rivermen return to the ice on Friday, January 20 against the Texas Stars at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Park Center. Listen live on CD Country 107.9 FM (www.cd1079.net) and follow along on Twitter (@RivsGameday).

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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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