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The Bloomington Thunder gave new head coach Greg Pankewicz a victory in his SPHL debut with a 5-1 win over the Mississippi Surge on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. The Thunder opened the night’s scoring with 10:57 remaining in the opening period when Burke Gallimore reached a bouncing puck deep and slipped it inside the right post. The Thunder increased their lead to 2-0 just 32 seconds into the second period when Gallimore forced a turnover and Dennis Sicard scored through the five-hole from the bottom of the right circle. The Thunder pushed the advantage to 3-0 with 12:31 left in the middle chapter when Tyler Noseworthy forced a turnover high in the attacking zone and wristed a drive top shelf, which ended the night for starting Surge goalie Dan Clarke. A power play goal by Travis Granbois at the left post on feeds from Kevin Walrod and Ron Cramer with 9:46 left in the second period increased the hosts’ lead to 4-0. The Surge finally scored with 16:48 left in regulation just as their power play expired on a wrister by Jarkko Leppanen on the glove side just inside the right post. Gallimore recorded his second goal of the game when a deflected puck landed on his stick at the inside edge of the right circle followed by his blast to put the Thunder ahead 5-1 with 14:24 remaining in regulation.

-Bob



Rookie center Garrett Vermeersch netted the game winner, and his third goal of the night, with 3.6 seconds left in regulation as the Peoria Rivermen edged the Bloomington Thunder 7-6 in there SPHL home opener at Carver Arena. Nick Prockow also scored a hat trick in Peoria’s home opener before 5,689 fans. The Rivermen improved to 2-0-0-0 on the season, while backup goaltender Russ Stein made his professional debut and went on to earn his first pro victory. Stein made 20 saves on 23 shots over 40 minutes of play. Then with the seconds winding down in regulation, Rivermen winger Parker Stanfield gained the zone and left the puck for Vermeersch, who buried a slap shot from the left side into the back of the net for the game-winner at 19:56. Vermeersch finished the game with four points including an assist. Tyler Fernandez (1g, 2a), Jarrett Rush (2a) and Joe Schiller (2a) also notched multi-point games. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, working with Rivermen co-owners Bart Rogers and John Butler, formally declared the home opening game Saturday as Bruce Saurs Hockey Night in Peoria.

-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


Darren Haydar spoiled Jake Allen’s return to the Peoria Rivermen when he scored a goal and added two assists within a 3:38 span to lead the Chicago Wolves to a 3-0 victory over the Rivermen Saturday night at Carver Arena before 6,881 fans. Matt Climie recorded his third shutout of the season with a 38 saves to help the Wolves to their first win in Peoria this season. The third period featured the Wolves scoring three goals in the first 6 minutes. After forcing a turnover, Andrew Ebbett passed the puck to Haydar, who scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season past Allen to break the tie at 1:50. Next, Ebbett added a goal of his own after rebounding a shot from Haydar. Kevin Connauton also earned an assist on the goal at 3:01. Lastly, Haydar led a 2-on-1 break and pushed a pass to Devin DiDiomete, who scored his second goal of the year on a one-timer at 5:28. Connauton was credited with another assist on the play.

-Bob

The Texas Stars excelled on special teams going 3-for-3 on the power play and also scoring a shorthanded goal in Saturday’s 8-4 win against the Peoria Rivermen in Carver Arena before 6,501 fans. After the Rivermen took an early 2-0 lead, Texas scored seven of the next eight goals. The Rivermen opened up the scoring in the game when Andrew Murray skated up to a deflected puck by the right circle and shot it past Richard Bachman, who was in goal for the first time this season for the Stars. Phil McRae and Evgeny Grachev assisted on Murray’s goal. In a one-goal game heading into the third period, Texas scored three goals in the first five minutes. Justin Dowling scored his first goal of the season when he skated down the right side only 53 seconds in the frame. 1:23 later, Toby Petersen scored his fourth goal of the season. Next, Maxime Fortunus had his shot deflected off of two players and it went past Jake Allen, who replaced Mike McKenna in net. The Stars scored their final goal of the night when Tomas Vincour slapped in a rebound.

-Bob

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