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Report for the Week Ending April 8

Tuesday, 04.10.2012 / 9:03 AM
By Kevin Orris - Peoria Rivermen / The Rivermen Report
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Report for the Week Ending April 8
The Rivermen took two out of three in their final and 13th three-games-in-three-days series this weekend. Peoria is 39-31-2-2 and is currently tied with Milwaukee for second place in the Midwest Divison and sits in a four-way tie for fifth place in the Western Conference. The Rivermen will play their final home game of the season on Friday against Charlotte before traveling to Chicago on Sunday for their final game of the regular season.

April 5 – W 3-2 vs. Texas | HIGHLIGHTS

The Rivermen topped the Texas Stars 3-2 at Carver Arena on Friday night. Derek Nesbitt scored the game’s first goal at 6:53 in the second period before former Rivermen Matt Fraser countered just seven minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. Patrick O’Sullivan scored following a takeaway in the right circle to give Peoria its second lead of the game 7:32 into the third period. Just 2:22 later, Adam Cracknell deflected a Shaun Heshka shot on goal, which proved to be the game winner. Fraser struck again with a goal at 19:21, but Jake Allen stopped any further last-minute Stars attempts. Allen finished the game with 32 saves while Jack Campbell stopped 35 of 38 shots on goal. Peoria went 0-for-4 on the power play and held Texas scoreless on two chances.

April 6 – W 3-1 @ Oklahoma City
The Rivermen topped the Oklahoma City Barons 3-1 with third period goals from Phil McRae and Jonathan Cheechoo at Cox Convention Center on Friday night. Mark Cundari gave Peoria a 1-0 lead at 14:11 in the first period, which stood until Ryan Keller’s goal at 10:17 in the third period. McRae scored 1:03 later and Cheechoo tallied an empty net goal with just four seconds left in regulation. Jake Allen stopped 31 of 32 shots on goal and held Oklahoma City 0-for-2 on the power play. The Rivermen finished with 27 shots on goal and went scoreless on three man advantages.

April 7 – L 4-2 @ Houston
Peoria mounted two comeback attempts, but fell short in a 4-2 loss to the Houston Aeros at Toyota Center on Saturday night. Chad Rau put Houston up 1-0 just 28 seconds into regulation, but Phil McRae tied the game within the first two minutes of the second frame. Former Rivermen Jon DiSalvatore restored the Aeros lead once again, but Anthony Nigro came through with a marker at 12:58 in the second period to tie the game 2-2. Houston received two more goals to cap off the scoring. Jake Allen stopped 42 of 46 shots on goal while Matt Hackett faced just 25 Rivermen shots.

Rivermen Report
  • Peoria is the only team in the league with six 20-goal scorers this season.
  • T.J. Hensick leads the Western Conference with 70 points (21G, 49A) in just 64 games this season.
  • Defenseman Cade Fairchild’s plus-29 rating is still the best in the Western Conference.
Transactions
  • April 6 – Jordan Binnington (G) signed to ATO
  • April 5 – Steve Somerfield (G) released from ATO
  • April 5 – Steve Somerfield (G) signed to ATO
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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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