Category: Goalie

The Bloomington Thunder scored twice on a five-minute major late in the third period and defeated the Peoria Rivermen for the fourth straight game, 4-2 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Tuesday. Paul D’Agostino netted the game-winner, while both Rivermen goals came on special teams. With the loss, Peoria fell to 24-17-6 on the season (54 points) and is now tied with the Mississippi RiverKings for fourth place in the SPHL standings. The magic number to clinch a spot in the President’s Cup playoffs remains “five” – points earned by the Rivermen or missed by ninth-place Fayetteville. In addition, the loss extended Peoria’s losing streak on the road to six straight.Kyle Rank (15-8-2) made 28 saves but suffered the loss for the second straight game. On the other side, B.J. O’Brien (8-13-1) earned the win and stopped 38 chances.

-Bob



Kyle Rank stopped all 32 shots against and blanked the Mississippi RiverKings on Sunday, the Peoria Rivermen goaltender broke the SPHL record for shutouts in a season with six. Previously, the record had been held by Louisiana’s Riley Gill, who collected five shutouts just one year ago. Overall, the 26-year-old leads the league with a 1.64 goals against average and .948 saves rate. He is 14-5-0 on the season and 9-4-0 with the Rivermen since being traded from the Fayetteville FireAntz on Dec. 18 for future considerations. Rank dealt his second shutout of the weekend while Parker Stanfield notched two goals to lead Peoria to a 3-0 victory before 2,791 fans at Carver Arena.

-Bob



Dean Yakura scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday but the Bloomington Thunder responded with two unanswered goals to defeat the Peoria Rivermen 2-1 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Reid MacLeod notched the game-winner more than 12 minutes into the third, while the Rivermen went 0-for-4 on the power play. With the loss, Peoria falls to 20-14-4 on the season (44 points) and remains fifth in the SPHL standings. In addition, Peoria’s six-game point streak comes to an end, while the Rivermen have now dropped each of their last three games in the season-series to Bloomington. Peoria opened the scoring with just 16.3 seconds to play in the first period when Adam Hartley found Parker Stanfield on a backdoor pass from the left circle. After Stanfield jammed at it several times from the back post, Yakura knocked the loose puck home past Thunder netminder B.J. O’Brien at 19:44. Seconds later, Jarrett Rush and Dennis Sicard dropped the gloves for the night’s first bout just as the first period expired. Each earned a five-minute fighting major as well as a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct minor. MacLoad collected the go-ahead goal at 12:38 of the third when he led a 3-on-2 charge down the right side and ripped a shot on target that Eric Levine knocked down, but watched trickle into the back of the net. Travis Granbois and Sicard earned the assists. Peoria outshot Bloomington 30-29, but finished the game 1-for-3 on the penalty kill.

-Bob

Gino Cavallini scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for the St. Louis Blues alumni to post a 10-9 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Carver Arena Wednesday evening before a estimated crowd of 4,500 fans. The game was fundraiser to benefit the victims of the EF-4 tornado that devastated Washington and other central Illinois communities November 17, 2013. Event organizer Denis Cyr, the former Peoria Rivermen, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks winger, reunited on a line with Denis Savard for the first time since their NHL days together 30 years ago. Terry Yake had a hat trick for the Blues and Eric Daze contributed a hat trick for the Blackhawks. If you would like to contribute to the victims visit there web-site Skate Strong Hockey.  Early reports are that the night raised $ 50,000. I want to personally thank Denis Cyr for trusting me to photograph this awesome night. I hope everyone is happy with my images.

-Bob



Reunions and sharing stories of there glory days in professional hockey were prevalent in the locker rooms at the Peoria Civic Center Wednesday evening. Players and coaches from the St. Louis Blues alumni team and there rival Chicago Blackhawks gathered to reminisce and renew fellowship in order to raise money for tornado relief victims in the tri-county area. Some locker room and pre-game photo’s of the people who made this event possible. The idea for the event was engineered by former Peoria Rivermen HOF’er Denis Cyr. A web-site was established so fans can continue to donate and help raise funds to benefit those who were affected by the November 17, 2013 EF-4 tornado that sweep through central Illinois and devastated Washington and surrounding communities. If you would like to contribute, please go to there web-site Skate Strong Hockey.

-Bob

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