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The Peoria Rivermen opened the 2014 SPHL President’s Cup Playoffs with a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Cottonmouths on Wednesday behind two goals from Garrett Vermeersch at Carver Arena. Between the pipes, GK Kyle Rank stopped all 35 shots he faced en route to his first career playoff shutout. With the win, Peoria took a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-three, first-round series and is now just one victory away from the second round. It was the first playoff win for the Rivermen franchise since April 25, 2009, when the American Hockey League team defeated Houston in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Combined with the regular season, Rank’s shutout was his ninth of the season. Andrew Loewen, on the other hand, made 24 saves and suffered the loss. The Rivermen will continue the best-of-three playoff series with Game 2 against the Columbus Cottonmouths on Friday at 6:30 p.m. CST in Columbus, Georgia.

-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



Center Garrett Vermeersch scored two goals and added an assist as the Peoria Rivermen rolled to a 6-2 victory over the Bloomington Thunder at Carver Arena on Central Illinois STRONG night before 2,979 fans. Rookie netminder Eric Levine made 22 saves on 24 shots, and earned his fourth straight win, as the Rivermen never trailed in the contest. With the victory, Peoria (8-6-3) is now on a season-long five game win streak and is also 5-0-0 against the Thunder (5-14-0) this season. Peoria outshot Bloomington 21-2 in the first. In support of the local American Red Cross and its tornado relief efforts in central Illinois, the Rivermen wore custom jerseys, which were auctioned off live after the game. The Rivermen continue their three-game series with the Thunder on Saturday night, with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop in Bloomington at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

-Bob

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





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