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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



A few images from the weekend’s  Original March Madness and host of the IHSA Class 3A & 4A boys State basketball finals held at Carver Arena in Peoria, IL. Congratulations to Class 3A champions Chicago Morgan Park High School (24-6) led by Josh Cunningham (13 pts.), Lamont Walker and Charlie Moore with 12 points each, defeated the Lincoln Railers (34-3) 59-49 led by junior sharpshooter Gavin Block. In the Class 4A  championship game Whitney Young (28-5) held on to beat a tough opponent from Lisle Benet Academy (25-8) 46-44. The game had several high profile athletes. The Dolphins had three Division one college players on the floor, Jahlil Okafor, Paul White and Miles Reynolds. The Redwings  were led by Sean O’Mara and Collin Pellettieri.

-Bob

The Peoria Rivermen concluded the home portion of their regular-season schedule on Tuesday with a convincing 4-1 win over the Bloomington Thunder at Carver Arena. Joe Schiller led the way with a career-high three points (3a), while Taylor Larsen, Adam Hartley, Alex Mentink and Rob Vanwynsberghe each netted a goal. With the victory, the Rivermen extended their point streak at home to 13 straight games and finished the season 19-6-3 at Carver Arena. In addition, the win closed out Peoria’s 17-game season-series against Bloomington, which the Rivermen took 10-7-0. Peoria also mathematically eliminated the Thunder from playoff contention. Overall, the Rivermen improved to 29-18-7 (65 points, third place) and increased its lead over the Huntsville Havoc and Mississippi RiverKings – who are tied for fourth – to three points.

-Bob

Bradley (12-17, 7-9 MVC) used a season-best 14 steals to force 23 Loyola-Chicago turnovers in a 55-38 victory Saturday night at Carver Arena. Bradley limited the Ramblers (9-19, 4-12 MVC) to the fewest point total by a Braves opponent since a 76-35 win against Oakland Dec. 6, 1997. For the second time this year, a Bradley opponent did not produce a double-digit scorer and Loyola shot just 26.5 percent (13-49) from the field, including 1-for-18 (.056) from 3-point range. Walt Lemon, Jr. finished as the game’s only double-digit scorer with 16 points, pushing him into the top 50 (49th) in Missouri Valley Conference history with 1,659 career points. He also registered five of Bradley’s 14 steals, moving past Daniel Ruffin into fourth place in school history with 211 career steals. Lemon is one of four Bradley seniors who will play their final Bradley Basketball home game Tuesday night when the Braves host #3 Wichita State (29-0, 16-0) in a nationally-televised game at Carver Arena. The nation’s lone unbeaten team, Wichita State is trying to unseat the 1985-86 Bradley Braves (16-0) as the last undefeated Valley regular-season champion.

-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

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