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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



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

The Bloomington Thunder dropped their final meeting of the season with the Mississippi Surge 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. All four first-period goals were scored on power plays to give the Surge a 3-1 lead at the first intermission. A bad bounce ended up off the back of Thunder goalie Max Strang and into the net on a goal by Luke Greiner on a power play, but Kevin Walrod answered by tipping a Burke Gallimore drive from the high slot on a power play also assisted by Travis Granbois with 14:07 showing on the first period clock. Yet another power play goal gave the Surge a 2-1 advantage with 10:55 left in the opening chapter on a drive by Kyle Kudroch at the right post. The Surge scored on another man advantage when Kudroch batted a rebound into an open net with just 38 seconds remaining before the first intermission. Max Strang took the loss while stopping 14 of the 19 shots he faced before being replaced after the fifth Surge goal by B.J. O’Brien, who saved nine of the 10 shots. Mathieu Dugas took the win with 37 saves. The Surge were 3-for-5 on the power play while the Thunder were 1-of-6.

-Bob


The Peoria Rivermen erased a two-goal deficit to earn a point as the Milwaukee Admirals escaped with a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday night at Carver Arena before 5,856 fans on Ryan Reaves bobblefist giveaway. The Rivermen outshot the Admirals 40-25, and tied the game with just 1:29 left in regulation, only to see Chris Mueller score the game-winner at 1:00 of overtime for Milwaukee. Jack MacLellan opened the scoring at 7:01 of the first period with the first goal of his professional career. Jani Lajunen‘s shot rolled over the arm of Jake Allen and into the crease, MacLellan jammed the puck into an open net. Chris Bruton put the Rivermen on the board at 15:20 with his third goal of the season. Brett Sonne and Anthony Nigro were awarded assists as Bruton put Sonne’s rebound over the outstretched arm of Jeremy Smith. One minute into overtime, during a netfront scramble, Mueller scored the game-winning goal. Mike Moore and Brad Winchester were awarded the assists in the overtime goal.

-Bob

In a New Year’s Eve contest dominated by penalties, the Peoria Rivermen topped the Rockford IceHogs 3-2 in front on 6,226 fans at Carver Arena on Saturday. Phil McRae netted the game winner midway through the third period while the teams combined for 102 penalty minutes. Peoria opened the scoring with its second shorthanded goal of the year at the 7:40 mark of the first period. After Adam Cracknell was boxed for hooking, Cade Fairchild and Brett Sonne raced two-on-one down the ice and into the Rockford zone. From the top of the right circle, Fairchild fed Sonne who pulled the puck to the backhand and pushed a shot around IceHogs goaltender Alec Richards. At the 6:47 mark, the tempers began to flare once again as Brennan Evans and Andrew Shaw dropped the gloves in the Rivermen zone. Towards the end of their tilt, Jeremy Morin stepped in and grabbed ahold of Evans, drawing almost everyone else on the ice into the scuffle. Morin was given a game misconduct for being the third man into the altercation. Click for the official box score.

-Bob

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