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Report for the Week Ending Feb. 19

Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 9:46 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
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Report for the Week Ending Feb. 19
The Rivermen won two of three meetings last week, capturing four of six potential points. Peoria is now 28-22-2-1 with 59 points, which grades third in the Midwest Division and tied for sixth in the Western Conference.

Feb. 15 – W 1-0 at Rockford

Peoria set a new season-low in shots on goal for the second time in as many games with 13, but still managed to defeat the Rockford IceHogs 1-0 on Wednesday night at BMO Harris Bank Center. Brennan Evans scored his first goal of the season just 20 seconds into the second period. Ben Bishop played 51:14, stopping all 36 shots of 36 shots on goal and Jake Allen tallied six saves on six shots in 8:46 of action in the second frame. Allen relieved Bishop early in the second stanza after he became ill.

Feb. 17 – L 4-2 vs. Charlotte | HIGHLIGHTS

The Charlotte Checkers stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the first period with goals from Zac Dalpe, Zack Boychuk and Justin Shugg in a 4-2 win over the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena on Friday night. Evgeny Grachev ended John Muse’s shutout bid just 20 seconds into the third period and brought the Rivermen within two. Just 18 seconds after a Michal Jordan marker, T.J. Hensick scored the game’s final goal at 5:03 in the third period. Jake Allen stopped 26 of 30 shots on goal while Muse saved 26 of 28. Both teams went 0-4 on the power play.

Feb. 18 – W 3-1 at Grand Rapids

Jake Allen captured his fifth win in his best start this season, stopping 31 of 32 shots on goal, in a 3-1 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday at Van Andel Arena. Second period goals from Brett Sterling and Anthony Peluso gave Peoria a 2-0 lead entering the final fame. Griffins rookie Gustav Nyquist brought Grand Rapids within one, but Phil McRae sealed the win just 30 seconds later. Both teams finished the game with zero penalty minutes.

Rivermen Report

  • Jake Allen started back-to-back games for the first time this season with Ben Bishop recalled on loan in St. Louis.
  • Third in the league in scoring and the only one of the top six who doesn’t play in Hershey or Norfolk, T.J. Hensick has 19 goals and 45 assists for 64 points in 53 games with the Rivermen this season. His 264 points in 231 career AHL contests are good for a 1.14 points-per-game average, the most among active players.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild became the first player in the AHL to reach the plus-30 threshold after he posted a plus-one rating in Saturday’s win.
  • The Rivermen power play leads with Western Conference with a 20.7% conversion rate this season. The penalty kill ranks seventh in the AHL at 84.1%.
Transactions
  • Feb. 20 – Ben Bishop (G) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 18 – Ben Bishop (G) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 18 – Brad Fogal (G) released from PTO
  • Feb. 18 – Brad Fogal (G) signed to PTO
  • Feb. 15 – Evgeny Grachev (LW) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 15 – Ian Cole (D) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
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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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