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Report for the Week Ending April 1

Tuesday, 04.03.2012 / 8:56 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
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Report for the Week Ending April 1
The Rivermen put an end to a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 shutout over San Antonio on Sunday. Peoria is now 37-30-2-2 with 78 points, good for third in the Midwest Division and tied with Lake Erie for eighth place in the Western Conference. The Rivermen are just two points behind fourth-place Abbotsford.

March 30 – SOL 4-3 at Rockford
The Rockford IceHogs came from behind to defeat the Rivermen in a 4-3 shootout decision on Friday night at BMO Harris Bank Center. Jonathan Cheechoo’s second-period tally tied the score at 1-1; however, Rockford’s Rostislav Olesz scored his second goal of the game just 1:56 into the third period. Cade Fairchild and Cheechoo both potted third-period markers, but Brandon Fahey scored a power-play goal to force overtime with less than five seconds remaining in regulation. Peoria sent the lone shot on goal in overtime before heading to a shootout. Derek Nesbitt and Patrick O’Sullivan gave the Rivermen a 2-0 lead through the first two rounds of the shootout. IceHogs forwards Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin and Matt Fornataro scored on the final three Rockford attempts to seal the victory. It was just Peoria’s second shootout loss this season.

March 31 – L 4-1 vs. Charlotte | HIGHLIGHTS

The Charlotte Checkers defeated Peoria 4-1 in front of 7,845 fans at Carver Arena on Saturday night. Jonathan Cheechoo tallied the lone Rivermen goal at 9:11 in the second period. Zac Dalpe and Brett Sutter both scored within one minute of each other late in the second period before Chris Durno added an insurance goal at 11:39 in the third period. Sutter finished the scoring with an empty-net goal at 19:20 in the third period. Jake Allen stopped 29 of 32 shots on goal while Mike Murphy saved 20 of 21. Peoria finished 0-for-2 on the power play and held Charlotte to 0-for-6.



April 1 – W 1-0 vs. San Antonio | HIGHLIGHTS
The Rivermen put an end to a five-game losing streak in a 1-0 shutout over the San Antonio Rampage at Carver Arena on Sunday night. With just five seconds remaining in the second period, T.J. Hensick won a draw before heading straight to the goal. Hensick’s draw cruised to Derek Nesbitt, who dished to Cade Fairchild at the left point, where a fired a shot of the rear boards. Fairchild’s shot took a helpful rebound to Hensick at the doorstep, who scored the game’s lone goal with just 0.5 seconds remaining in the third period. Alex Stalock recorded a 31-save shutout in his first start with the Rivermen while San Antonio’s Jacob Markstrom stopped 36 of 37 shots on goal. Both teams went 0-for-3 on the power play.

Rivermen Report

  • The Rivermen became the first team in the league with six 20-goal scorers this season.
  • T.J. Hensick leads the Western Conference with 67 points (21G, 46A) in just 61 games this season.
  • Derek Nesbitt has scored on all seven shootout attempts this season.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-28 rating is still the best in the Western Conference.
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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

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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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