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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

Dean Yakura scored his first goal of the season on Tuesday but the Bloomington Thunder responded with two unanswered goals to defeat the Peoria Rivermen 2-1 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Reid MacLeod notched the game-winner more than 12 minutes into the third, while the Rivermen went 0-for-4 on the power play. With the loss, Peoria falls to 20-14-4 on the season (44 points) and remains fifth in the SPHL standings. In addition, Peoria’s six-game point streak comes to an end, while the Rivermen have now dropped each of their last three games in the season-series to Bloomington. Peoria opened the scoring with just 16.3 seconds to play in the first period when Adam Hartley found Parker Stanfield on a backdoor pass from the left circle. After Stanfield jammed at it several times from the back post, Yakura knocked the loose puck home past Thunder netminder B.J. O’Brien at 19:44. Seconds later, Jarrett Rush and Dennis Sicard dropped the gloves for the night’s first bout just as the first period expired. Each earned a five-minute fighting major as well as a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct minor. MacLoad collected the go-ahead goal at 12:38 of the third when he led a 3-on-2 charge down the right side and ripped a shot on target that Eric Levine knocked down, but watched trickle into the back of the net. Travis Granbois and Sicard earned the assists. Peoria outshot Bloomington 30-29, but finished the game 1-for-3 on the penalty kill.

-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 dropped their final meeting of the season with the Mississippi Surge 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. All four first-period goals were scored on power plays to give the Surge a 3-1 lead at the first intermission. A bad bounce ended up off the back of Thunder goalie Max Strang and into the net on a goal by Luke Greiner on a power play, but Kevin Walrod answered by tipping a Burke Gallimore drive from the high slot on a power play also assisted by Travis Granbois with 14:07 showing on the first period clock. Yet another power play goal gave the Surge a 2-1 advantage with 10:55 left in the opening chapter on a drive by Kyle Kudroch at the right post. The Surge scored on another man advantage when Kudroch batted a rebound into an open net with just 38 seconds remaining before the first intermission. Max Strang took the loss while stopping 14 of the 19 shots he faced before being replaced after the fifth Surge goal by B.J. O’Brien, who saved nine of the 10 shots. Mathieu Dugas took the win with 37 saves. The Surge were 3-for-5 on the power play while the Thunder were 1-of-6.

-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



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