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Eureka College senior guard Caty Eeten scored 23 points, including a driving layup with 9:19 left in the second half to break the all-time Eureka scoring record, lifting the Red Devils to a 97-76 non-conference win over Knox College, Saturday afternoon at the Reagan Center. The decision also marked the first home victory for new head coach Victoria Jones. Eeten overcame early foul trouble and went 10-for-16 for the field to finish the contest with 1,485 points, breaking the previous EC record of 1,483 set by Jessica Reardon (2001-05). Eeten, who set the new all-time mark in only 71 career appearances, also owns all-time program records in scoring average (20.9), free throws made (466) and free throws attempted (575). She also has made 481 career field goals, 103 shy of the all-time Eureka record of 584 set by Jill McGinnis (1991-95). Saturday’s game was played at the Prairie Fire’s brisk tempo that includes full-court pressure and frequent mass substitutions. The visitors quickly claimed their largest lead of the afternoon, 10-4, less than five minutes into the contest. The Red Devils recovered quickly, responding with a 11-4 run and snagging their first lead of the day when junior forward Kelsey Shoemake scored in transition for a 15-14 edge with 12:52 left in the first half.

-Bob

Joe Caveney scored the game-winner with just 1:27 left in overtime on Saturday as the Pensacola Ice Flyers defeated the Peoria Rivermen, 3-2, for the third straight night at Carver Arena. Despite the loss, Rivermen goaltender Eric Levine made a career-high 40 saves, while Peoria scored both goals on the power play. Peoria falls to 3-6-3 on the season, but earns its ninth point of the year. In addition, Levine is now 1-3-2, while Ice Flyers’ netminder John Griggs stopped 29 of 31 shots for his second win. Parker Stanfield (1g, 1a), Tyler Fernandez (1g, 1a) and Cole Ruwe (2a) each notched a multi-point night for the Rivermen. Peoria begins a home-and-home series next weekend against the Bloomington Thunder with a 7:15 p.m. puck drop on Friday at Carver Arena.

-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


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