RANK'S FOURTH SHUTOUT LEADS RIVERMEN PAST KNOXVILLE
Jolanda Jansma/Knoxville Ice Bears
Kyle Rank stopped all 32 shots he faced on Friday as the Peoria Rivermen blanked the Knoxville Ice Bears 2-0 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum. The shutout marked Rank’s (10-5-0) league-leading fourth of the season and third for the Rivermen. In addition, Parker Stanfield scored the game-winning goal in his first game back with Peoria since his recent call-up to ECHL Florida.
With the victory, Peoria improves to 18-13-3 on the season (39 points) and extends its win streak to three games – all against Knoxville. Furthermore, the Rivermen are a perfect 3-0-0 against the Ice Bears this season and finish the month of January 8-3-0.
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Peoria struck first at 5:12 of the opening frame when Stanfield found the net on a delayed penalty. From the left side, Kory Helowka’s backhand pass found Nick Prockow alone in the slot, who ripped a one-timer on goal from point blank. Initially, Knoxville netminder Bryan Hince was able to make the save, but the puck trickled behind him and Stanfield knocked it home for a 1-0 lead. Prockow and Helowka, in his Rivermen debut, earned assists.
After a scoreless second period, Adam Hartley added an insurance goal at 3:09 of the third period to give Peoria a 2-0 lead. Dean Yakura gained the zone and picked out Hartley, who hit one time re-direction past Hince for his third goal of the season.
The Rivermen were outshot 32-24 on the night and went 0-for-5 on the power play. However, Peoria went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill and is now a perfect 12-for-12 on the penalty kill against Knoxville this season.
Hince (13-11-4) suffered the loss after he made just 22 shots on 24 saves.
Peoria concludes its season-series with Knoxville on Saturday with a 6:35 CST puck drop in Knoxville, Tennessee. The game can be heard locally on CD Country 107.9 FM or online at www.cd1079.net. Fans can also follow along via the live video and audio stream at www.americaonesports.com.