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Report for the Week Ending Jan. 29

Tuesday, 01.31.2012 / 2:32 PM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
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Report for the Week Ending Jan. 29
The Rivermen won two of three games this week improving their record to 22-20-2-1. Their 47 points currently rank third in the Midwest Division and eighth in the Western Conference with all seven teams behind them within four points.

Jan. 24 – W 6-3 vs. Milwaukee | HIGHLIGHTS

Peoria defeated the Milwaukee Admirals 6-3 in the second annual Faceoff Fieldtrip on Tuesday morning in front of 7,082 at Carver Arena. Adam Cracknell (2g), T.J. Hensick (1g, 1a), Danny Syvret (1g, 1a), Derek Nesbitt (2a) and Cade Fairchild (2a) each recorded two-point games in the win. Phil McRae and Jonathan Cheechoo (EN) also scored for the Rivermen. Jake Allen allowed three goals on 30 shots while Peoria fired 40 shots on net. Peoria scored two power-play goals on four chances and held Milwaukee to 1-for-5 on the man advantage.

Jan. 27 – W 4-2 vs. Grand Rapids | HIGHLIGHTS
Grand Rapids’ Brendan Smith scored a short-handed marker for the game’s first goal at 6:48 in the first period before Peoria responded with a four-goal second period en route to a 4-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins last night at Carver Arena. Adam Cracknell tallied three assists while Ian Cole scored in his first game back from St. Louis. Ben Bishop allowed two goals on 34 shots and remains tied for the league lead in wins with 18. Evgeny Grachev, Jonathan Cheechoo, and Cade Fairchild also scored for Peoria. The Rivermen went 1-for-6 on the power play while the Griffins converted on one of four.

Jan. 28 – L 5-2 vs. Grand Rapids | HIGHLIGHTS
After Peoria’s top three scorers were held off the score sheet on Friday night, Brett Sterling, Derek Nesbitt and T.J. Hensick each tallied goals for the Rivermen in a 5-2 loss to the Griffins on Saturday. The Griffins led 3-1 halfway through the second period before the Rivermen tied the game heading into the third period. Jake Allen stopped 33 of 37 shots on goal while both teams were held scoreless on three power plays.

Rivermen Report:

  • Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop was named Top Goaltender in the AHL Skills Competition on Sunday night. Bishop’s 18 wins and six shutouts both lead the AHL.
  • All-Star center T.J. Hensick’s 53 points (16g, 37a) grade first in the Western Conference. Hensick now has 17 multi-point games this season.
  • Prior to Saturday’s loss, Evgeny Grachev tallied points in three consecutive contests.
  • Rivermen head coach Jared Bednar coached in his 125th game for Peoria on Saturday.
  • The Rivermen power play ranks fourth in the AHL at 21.5%. The penalty kill grades eighth at 83.2%.
  • Peoria is one of three teams in the AHL with four 30-point scorers as of Jan. 30.
Transactions:
  • Jan. 26 – Chris Bruton (RW) signed to SPC
  • Jan. 26 – Chris Bruton (RW) released from PTO
  • Jan. 25 – Chris Porter (LW) conditioning loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Jan. 24 – Ian Cole (D) returned on loan from St. Louis
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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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