December, 2012 Archives

Mike McKenna out dueled the AHL‘s top goaltender in Barry Brust as the Peoria Rivermen came back to beat the Abbotsford Heat 2-1 in a shootout on New Year’s Eve at Carver Arena. McKenna made 35 saves in regulation and overtime and then stopped four of five in the shootout to earn the win. After a fast-paced but scoreless first period, Kris Kolanos opened the second with a power-play goal to give the Heat a 1-0 lead. Kolanos tucked a shot, from along the goal line, over the shoulder of McKenna for his ninth of the season at 2:34. Despite the fact that Peoria was outshot 17-10 in the second period it was still 1-0 at the start of the third. Taylor Chorney tied the score with a goal at 7:35 of the third period. Derek Nesbitt and Ian Cole earned assists on the play and Chorney scooped the puck off the boards and rifled a snapshot under the glove of Brust from the right faceoff circle. Phil McRae and Jaden Schwartz scored in the shootout while McKenna allowed just a single goal as Peoria snapped a three-game losing streak.

-Bob

Kirkwood Community College (13-3) jumped out early for a double-digit first half lead using a 16-0 run that spanned 8:42 and held on to defeat the hosts ICC (13-3) 59-41 in the championship game of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Cougar Holiday Tournament at Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium. The Eagles had a rebounding advantage (52-34) and shot 47.9 percent from the field, led by Kianna Jacobs’ game highs with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Helena Rodriguez led the Cougars in scoring with 12 points.

-Bob

Bradley guards Dyricus Simms-Edwards and Walt Lemon Jr. combined for 43 points and 10 steals, leading the Braves to a 67-57 win versus Drake in the MVC opener for both teams at Carver Arena Saturday night before 7,534 fans. Lemon paced the Braves offensively with a season-high 23 points, while Simms-Edwards added 20. The backcourt combo also spearheaded a defensive effort that forced Drake into 18 turnovers and led the Braves to a 23-6 advantage in points off turnovers. Together, the duo combined for 43 points, 10 steals, eight rebounds, six assists and just four of Bradley’s eight turnovers. Simms-Edwards, who entered the game tied for eighth nationally with 3.0 steals per game, finished with eight thefts, one shy of the school and MVC single-game record. Simms-Edwards also provided the bulk of the defensive work against the Bulldogs season scoring leader Ben Simons, who managed 13 points, but was 4-for-18 from the field and 1-for-8 from 3-point range.

-Bob

Kirkwood Community College beat the Cincinnati State Technical & Community College 75-60 in a first round game of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Holiday Tournament. The Eagles wore down the Surge who only had seven healthy players during the game at Lorene Ramsey Gymnasium in East Peoria, IL. Kianna Jacobs led Kirkwood in scoring with 21 points and Whitney Henderson added 13. Desiree Ash scored 15 for Cincinnati State, Brandi Henschen added 14 and Hannah Stephenson had 12. The Eagles advance to face top seeded Lake Michigan College at 6 p.m. Saturday.

-Bob

Springfield Lanphier knocked off top seeded and previously unbeaten Washington,  49-47 in semifinal play at the 48th annual Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament Friday evening. The Panthers had a two-point lead and the ball with 1:10 to play but turned the ball over on its next two possessions. Washington (11-1) led 22-15 at halftime and held its largest lead at 31-17 after a Mason McCoy three-point play with 5:08 left in the third quarter.Freshman point guard Xavier Bishop‘s 3-pointer for Lanphier (7-5)  cut its deficit to a point with 1:48 remaining. Larry Austin’s driving layup, off a Washington turnover, tied the score at 47 and Scottie Wallace tipped in the game winner with 1.9 seconds to play. Alec Peters scored 16 points and added 11 rebounds for Washington. Bishop scored 16 and Larry Austin had four assists and three steals for the Lions.

-Bob

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