April, 2013 Archives

The Farmington Farmers (15-5, 6-0) defeated the host Brimfield/Elmwood Indians 4-1 Tuesday afternoon in Prairieland Conference action. B/E (16-3, 7-1) went up 1-0 thanks to Morgan Ledbetter’s RBI double. From there, though, the Indians got five hits, while leaving seven runners on base. Farmington pitcher Morgan Florey struck out 11, walked two, retired 10 in a row, and was aided by a flawless defense behind her. Brittany Danley (2-for-4) provided some runner support with a fourth-inning RBI.

-Bob

The Peoria Rivermen franchise ended Sunday night at Carver Arena before 4,302 loyal fans after 31 continuous years. The team received a standing ovation the final minute of the game against the Milwaukee Admirals. Longtime P.A. announcer B.J. Stone announced “One minute remaining in Peoria Rivermen hockey,” to the crowd. Long lines waited for over two hours after the game to meet the players, get autographs, take pictures and visit one last time with there favorite team.

-Bob

Goal keeper Magnus Hellberg made 20 saves to earn his sixth shutout of the season as the Milwaukee Admirals handed the Peoria Rivermen a 3-0 loss Sunday night at Carver Arena in front of 4,302 fans. The Rivermen ended the season with a AHL record of 33-35-5-3. The Admirals took a 1-0 lead with 7:27 remaining in the first period courtesy of Mattias Ekholm’s 10th goal of the season. Ekholm took a shot that Mike McKenna got a piece of, but the puck trickled across the goal line. Ryan Ellis and Patrick Cehlin assisted on the first goal of the contest that needed to be reviewed. Daniel Bang scored his ninth goal of the year at the 10:34 mark of the middle frame to increase Milwaukee’s lead to two goals. On a breakaway, Bang cut to the forehand and was able to elevate the puck over the outstretched right pad of McKenna for the tally. Joonas Jarvinen earned the lone assists on the play. With 5:03 remaining in the second period, Zach Budish scored his first goal of the season to make it a 3-0 game. Mark Van Guilder took a shot that McKenna originally stopped. The rebound went to Budish, who backhanded the puck into an open net. Mattias Ekholm was credited with the secondary assist.

-Bob


The Charlotte Checkers went 2-for-2 on the power play in the first period on their way to a 5-0 win over the Peoria Rivermen on Saturday night at Carver Arena in front of 6,899 fans. The Rivermen season will conclude on Sunday when they host the Milwaukee Admirals at 5:05 p.m. Charlotte opened the scoring at 11:19 of the first on Justin Shugg‘s seventh goal of the year. Matt Beca fired a shot from the point that deflected off the leg of Shugg and past Paul Karpowich. Later in the period, the Checkers had another successful power play. Brett Sutter threw the puck into the crease, where Zac Dalpe redirected the puck into the back of the net for his 19th goal of the season at 17:03 to give Charlotte a 2-0 lead. Ryan Murphy was also credited with an assist on the goal. In the second period, the Checkers scored two goals within 35 seconds of  each other. Dalpe passed the puck to Zach Boychuk, who scored his 23rd goal of the season from the left circle at 10:56 to push their lead to 3-0. Justin Krueger also assisted on the goal. Afterwards, Matt Marquardt sent a pass to Jeremy Welsh. Welsh hit a one-timer past Karpowich for his 15th goal of the year at 11:31 to give Charlotte a 4-0 advantage. Shugg earned his second point of the game with an assist on the goal. After the Rivermen were unable to convert on multiple power plays in the third period, Sutter danced around the Rivermen defense for his 19th goal this season at 11:52. Left winger Chris Terry assisted on the final goal of the game, which gave Charlotte it’s 5-0 win. Goal keeper Rob Madore stopped all 35 Rivermen shot’s on goal for the shutout.

-Bob


Down 3-0 with five minutes remaining, it would have been easy for the playoff-bound Charlotte Checkers to pack it in and continue their road trip. Their captain, Brett Sutter, had other ideas. In exactly 5:49 of game time, Sutter scored two goals and two assists, including the overtime winner, to cap a hugely improbable 4-3 comeback over the Peoria Rivermen on Tuesday night at Carver Arena. In danger of being shut out one minute, the Checkers now carry a five-game point streak (2-0-3) into their final two games of the season. Sutter’s outburst tied the franchise record for most points in a single game, something he himself had achieved twice earlier this season. After starting the rally himself with a wraparound goal with 4:48 left in regulation, he had the primary helpers on goals by Justin Shugg and Zach Boychuk before doing the honors himself with a sharp-angle rocket just 1:01 into the extra session. John Muse, making his second consecutive start in goal, made 25 saves. Rivermen goalie Mike McKenna, whose 50 saves that night are still tied for the most made by any goaltender in the AHL this season, was up to his old tricks on Tuesday as part of a 43-save showing. Goals by T.J. Hensick in the first period and Nathan Longpre in the second period looked as though they would be enough support, with Evgeny Grachev’s goal to give the Rivermen a 3-0 lead with 5:23 remaining seeming to put the game out of Charlotte’s reach.

-Bob

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