March, 2013 Archives

Retired Peoria Rivermen center Tyler Rennette was inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday night in a on ice ceremony at Carver Arena between periods of the game between the Lake Erie Monsters and the Rivermen. He was surrounded by his wife and three children. He was selected  by the St. Louis Blues in the second round #40 overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Enjoy photo’s from his induction and some shot’s from the 30th anniversary Peoria Rivermen alumni game played March 23, 2012.

-Bob

In his final game with the Peoria Rivermen on a conditioning assignment, goaltender Brian Elliott shutout the Lake Erie Monsters in a 2-0 win Saturday evening at Carver Arena in front of 7,660 fans. Elliott stopped 27 shots and finished his two-game stint in Peoria with a 0.946 save percentage. The Rivermen were the first team to score after both teams missed out on power-play opportunities in the first period. Jani Hakanpaa slapped a backdoor pass from the blue line to a wide-open Derek Nesbitt. Nesbitt deflected the pass past Calvin Pickard into the back of the net for his 25th goal of the year at 12:24. The goal for Nesbitt was the 200th American Hockey League point of his career and the assist for Hakanpaa was his first point in the AHL. The Rivermen went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Lake Erie was 0-for-2. Peoria outshot the Monsters 35-27.

-Bob


Junior Alex Chandler went 4-for-5 and hit a walk-off two-run home run in the ninth inning to help Bradley rally for a 5-3 victory in the series opener against Indiana State, while senior Mackenzie Camp followed it with a three-hit, complete game shutout in a 2-0 BU win in the night cap as the Braves swept a doubleheader from the Sycamores Friday afternoon at Laura Bradley Park. Bradley (18-12 overall, 3-1 MVC) is 3-1 to open Missouri Valley Conference play for the first time since 2000 and the Braves improved to 9-3 in their last 12 games with Friday’s victories. In the opener, Bradley had to rally from a 3-1 deficit to force extra innings and Chandler delivered the big hit of the day with a two-run, walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth to propel the Braves to a 5-3 extra-inning victory. Freshman Rachel Huggins gave BU an early 1-0 lead with a RBI single in the bottom of the second inning and Bradley threatened to break the game open after loading the bases with no outs later in the inning. Junior Madeline Lynch-Crumrine scattered three hits over the first five innings, before Indiana State managed to push a pair of runs across in the top of the sixth to go in front 2-1. Alex Lucas ripped a pinch hit, two-out double to left to drive in a pair of runs and the Sycamores had a 3-1 lead after Morgan Allee belted a one-out homer in the top of the seventh.

-Bob


Bradley University center Will Egolf apparently does not want his sixth season to end. After scoring a career-best 22 points in the opening-game of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, Egolf turned in a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds Saturday night and buried a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:01 remainining, lifting the Braves (18-16) to a 77-72 win against Tulane University (20-15) in the second round of the CIT at Renaissance Coliseum. Egolf started an 11-0 Bradley run to flip that 6-point deficit by scoring in the paint with 10:18 left. He added another interior bucket for a 62-62 tie and Walt Lemon Jr. ultimately capped the run with a pull-up jumper with 6:02 left for a 67-62 lead. In addition to Egolf’s first double-double since his redshirt sophomore season in 2009-10, the Braves got 17 points from Pickett, 13 points from senior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards and 12 points from Lemon. Senior forward Kendall Timmons scored a game-high 29 points and reserve Louis Dabney was Tulane’s only other double-digit scorer with 11 points. Junior center Josh Davis ripped down a game-high 17 rebounds for the Green Wave. Bradley will visit Missouri Valley Conference rival Northern Iowa for a third-round game in the CIT Tuesday night, 7 p.m., at the McLeod Center.

-Bob


Illinois Central College (31-4) women’s basketball team lost in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division II national tournament to Louisburg College (31-3)72-68 on Friday night at Lorene M. Ramsey GymnasiumOlivia Gaines had a game-high 22 points for the Lady Hurricanes. Jazmine Parker and Tiffany Johnson added 15 points apiece to join Gaines in double figures. Demeisha Morris and Chanta Wright joined  ShaVonn Watkins in double figures, with all three scoring 17 points for ICC. The loss puts the Cougars in the third-place game against fourth-seeded St. Clair Community College (21-10) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday

-Bob

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