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Weekly Notes 11.29.10
Published: November 29th 2010 @ 12:00 AM




WEEK 8 IN REVIEW (2-0-1-0)









vs. Chicago

3-2 OTL

Derek Nesbitt, Dave Scatchard

Ben Bishop (2/25)



@ Rockford

5-0 W

Anthony Nigro, Derek Nesbitt, Nick Drazenovic, Graham Mink, Mark Cundari

Jake Allen (0/31)



@ Grand Rapids

3-2 W

Anthony Peluso, Phil McRae, Stefan Della Rovere

Jake Allen (2/36)


vs. Chicago (11/26) Dave Scatchard’s game-tying goal in the third period was enough to earn the Peoria Rivermen a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Chicago Wolves in front of 6,018 fans at Carver Arena on Friday night.  The Rivermen ended their season-long seven-game homestand with a 4-2-1 record. READ MORE 


@ Rockford (11/27) Jake Allen’s 31 saves earned him the Peoria Rivermen single-season shutout record and it only took him eight starts to do it.  His fourth shutout paced the Rivermen to a 5-0 win over the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday night at the MetroCentre.  His four shutouts are most in the American Hockey League and pushed him past Manny Legace on the single-season shutout list, who had three in 2008-09.  READ MORE


@ Grand Rapids (11/28) The Peoria Rivermen traveled to Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids for the first time this year and brought home a 3-2 win Sunday afternoon. Jake Allen stopped 36 of 38 shots for his eighth win in nine starts and Stefan Della Rovere tallied the game-winning goal early in the third to bring the Rivermen to within one point of division-leading San Antonio.  READ MORE








Graham Mink – 18

Three Players – 3


Three Players Tied – 7

Derek Nesbitt – 2


Graham Mink – 11

Nathan Oystrick – 3


18-for-97, 18.6% (8)

2-for-16, 12.5%


114-for-128, 89.1% (1)

15-for-15, 100.0%



Overall…The Rivermen picked up five more points in last week’s three games and are now 14-7-1-1.  Their 30 points are now just one point behind the division leading San Antonio Rampage (15-6-1-0).  Peoria is just two points ahead of both Oklahoma City (13-7-1-1) and Milwaukee (11-6-1-4). 


Back to the Beginning…The Rivermen, who started the season 7-1-0, are back to being one of the hottest teams in the league.  Peoria’s current six-game point streak (5-0-1-0) is the longest active streak in the AHL. Milwaukee’s 2-0-0-1 record over their last three games makes them the only other team in the West Division with a winning streak of any kind.    


Allen’s Antics…Rookie goaltender Jake Allen started back-to-back road games over the weekend for the first time in his career and won them both.  He has now won four straight starts and recorded four shutouts in his first eight starts.  He finished the month of November with a 6-1-0 record, a 1.36 GAA and a 0.959 save percentage.  He allowed four of his nine goals in one game and without it was 6-0-0 with a 0.82GAA and 0.975sv%.  Overall, his 1.27 GAA and 0.962 sv% are the best in the AHL. 


New Record Already… Allen’s four shutouts have set a new record for the most shutouts by a Rivermen goaltender in a single season. He accomplished the feat on November 27 in just his eighth start.  Manny Legace posted three shutouts in just 23 games during the 2008-09 season.


Immediate Impact… Even though Derek Nesbitt only appeared in eight of the team’s 12 November games, he was Peoria’s leading point producer with eight points (3g, 5a).  Signed to a PTO from ECHL Gwinnett, Nesbitt was named the ECHL Player of the Month for October when he posted 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 11 games with the Gladiators before being signed by the Rivermen on Nov. 12. 


Killing the Competition…Peoria’s penalty kill was perfect for the second week in a row.  They were 15-for-15 and have now killed off 35 consecutive power plays – a streak that started on Nov. 17 (7 straight games). Over that time Peoria’s PK percentage has gone from 84.9 percent (12) to 89.1 percent (1st). 


Return of the Goals…Saturday’s 5-0 win over Rockford on Saturday was just the second time since Oct. 17 in which they have scored more than three goals.  The Rivermen have scored 17 goals and are averaging 2.83 GPG over their current unbeaten streak (5-0-1).  In their previous nine games (2-6-0-1) they totaled just 16 goals and averaged only 1.77GPG. 


Defense Wins Games…With two more wins this weekend, the Rivermen are still 14-0-0 when keeping the opposition to two goals or fewer.  They are still winless when allowing three or more (0-7-1-1).


Fast Starts..The Rivermen are outscoring their opponents 25-13 in the first period.  They are outscoring their opponents 8-3 in the first five minutes of the first period. 


Rocking Rockford…32 percent of Peoria’s goals this season have been scored against Rockford.  In five games Peoria has scored 20 times and allowed just nine goals.  The Rivermen have score 63 goals on the year which is fourth in the West Division. 


Pleasant Change of Pace…The Rivermen have not made a roster move since Nov. 19 when Nathan Oystrick returned from St. Louis – a span of 10 days and counting.  The Rivermen made eight different transactions, involving seven different players over the previous 10-day period (11/9-11/19). 


The Busier the Better… Peoria finished their second consecutive weekend with three games in three days with a 2-0-1 record.  They will also have a full schedule next weekend with games in Hamilton, Cleveland and Peoria.  So far this season the Rivermen are now 3-0-1 in the first game, 4-0-0 in the second and 3-1-0 in game three.  This year Peoria will play a total of 11 three-in-threes.




11/19/2010 Nathan Oystrick (D) Peoria ADD Returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)

11/16/2010 Nicholas Drazenovic (C) Peoria ADD Returned on loan from St. Louis (NHL)

11/16/2010 T.J. Hensick (C) Peoria DEL Recalled from loan by St. Louis (NHL)