Want to know what's happening with the Peoria Rivermen, the Blues' AHL affiliate? Look no further than our Rivermen Report blog, which will be updated every Tuesday throughout the season. Each blog will feature game summaries, highlights, stats and other notes from the past week in Rivermen hockey.  

Report for the Week Ending Feb. 26

Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 9:29 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
The Rivermen won two of four meetings last week, capturing four of eight possible points. Peoria is now 30-24-2-1 with 63 points and rank third in the Midwest Division and tied for sixth in the Western Conference.

Feb. 21 – SOW 4-3 vs. Abbotsford | HIGHLIGHTS

Adam Cracknell scored with 48 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday night at Carver Arena. Peoria overcame a 2-0 deficit in the second period with markers from Phil McRae and Brennan Evans. Ben Bishop recorded his league-leading 24th win after stopping all nine Abbotsford shots in overtime and four of five shootout attempts. Derek Nesbitt and Brett Sterling tallied goals in the shootout.

Feb. 24 – L 2-1 vs. San Antonio | HIGHLIGHTS
The San Antonio Rampage defeated the Rivermen 2-1 on Friday night at Carver Arena. Greg Rallo’s tally at 15:28 in the first period stood as the game’s lone score for over 42 minutes before Scott Timmins improved the lead to 2-0. Derek Nesbitt tallied the lone Rivermen marker just 18 seconds later to finish the scoring. Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 31 shots on goal in what proved to be his final start for Peoria before being traded to the Ottawa Senators. Peoria went 0-for-3 on the power play and held San Antonio scoreless on four opportunities.

Feb. 25 – L 2-1 vs. San Antonio | HIGHLIGHTS
San Antonio downed the Rivermen 2-1 for the second time in as many days on Saturday night at Carver Arena. Chris Bruton scored his first career AHL goal at 10:27 in the second period before San Antonio countered with two markers in the third. Jake Allen stopped 25 of 27 shots on goal in the loss while Jacob Markstrom saved 40 of 41.

Feb. 26 – SOW 4-3 vs. Abbotsford | HIGHLIGHTS

The Rivermen topped the Abbotsford Heat 4-3 in a shootout for the second time this week on Sunday evening at Carver Arena. Adam Cracknell, Jonathan Cheechoo, and Phil McRae each scored in regulation, countering a three-goal second period from the Heat. Derek Nesbitt improved to 7-for-7 in the shootout this season while Anthony Nigro and McRae each scored on their attempts to give Peoria the victory. Jake Allen stopped 25 of 28 shots on goal in addition to three of four shootout attempts.

Rivermen Report
  • Last weekend’s games marked the 11th of a league-leading 13 three-games-in-three-days series for the Rivermen this season. Peoria is 6-5-0 in the first game, 3-7-1 in the second, and 9-2-0 in the third game. The Rivermen will not play in another one of these series until March 30.
  • With Sunday’s win, the Rivermen improved to 5-1-0 in the shootout this season. Peoria is tied for the league lead after converting 12 of 29 (.414%) shootout attempts this season.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-30 rating is still the best in the AHL.
  • Danny Syvret’s 33 points (4g, 29a) rank fourth among AHL defenseman.
Transactions
  • Feb. 27 – T.J. Hensick (C) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 27 – T.J. Hensick (C) returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 26 – Ben Bishop (G) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 26 – David McKee (G) released from PTO
  • Feb. 26 – David McKee (G) signed to PTO
  • Feb. 24 – Ian Cole (D) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 21 – T.J. Hensick (C) recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)
  • Feb. 20 – Ben Bishop (G) 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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