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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

The Bloomington Thunder scored twice on a five-minute major late in the third period and defeated the Peoria Rivermen for the fourth straight game, 4-2 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Tuesday. Paul D’Agostino netted the game-winner, while both Rivermen goals came on special teams. With the loss, Peoria fell to 24-17-6 on the season (54 points) and is now tied with the Mississippi RiverKings for fourth place in the SPHL standings. The magic number to clinch a spot in the President’s Cup playoffs remains “five” – points earned by the Rivermen or missed by ninth-place Fayetteville. In addition, the loss extended Peoria’s losing streak on the road to six straight.Kyle Rank (15-8-2) made 28 saves but suffered the loss for the second straight game. On the other side, B.J. O’Brien (8-13-1) earned the win and stopped 38 chances.

-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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