Category: Skating

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



I made a trip Saturday night to the Peoria Civic Center to get up close to the action and take some snaps from the suicide section (on the floor next to the track, in the danger zone) of Roller Derby action. The Valley Girls defeated the Mall Rats 73-60 in the opener and the Wrecking Crew skated to a easy victory 179-100 over the visiting Decatur Derby Dames.

-Bob

The Peoria Push Derby Dames packed up there skates and traveled 45 minutes east on I-74 to take on there closest rivals the McLean County Missfits Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. It was a great night of fun and hard hitting roller derby action. When the dust settled the scoreboard read 132-112 in favor of the home town MissFits.

-Bob

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