Rivermen Headlines

Published: November 21st 2013 @ 10:00 AM




Date                    Time                 Opponent              Broadcast                    

Thurs, Nov. 21     7:15pm CST     Vs. Pensacola         CD Country 107.9 FM / Live Video

Fri, Nov 22           7:15pm CST     Vs. Pensacola         CD Country 107.9 FM Live Video

Sat, Nov. 23         7:15pm CST     Vs. Pensacola         CD Country 107.9 FM / Live Video



On Thursday, Nov. 21, the Rivermen will host JMP Media Group Night at Carver Arena at 7:15 p.m. Mention 'JMP' at the Peoria Civic Center box office and receive a buy one ticket, get one free deal to that night's game.



On Friday, Nov. 22, the Rivermen will host Coats for Kids Night as well as a Coca-Cola 'Two-for-$20' Date Night. All fans who bring a new or used coat for donation will receive a FREE voucher to an upcoming Rivermen home game. In addition, all fans who bring a Coca-Cola can to the box office can receive two upper bowl tickets for just $20.



On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Rivermen will host Boy Scout Night as they take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers at Carver Arena at 7:15 p.m. All boy scouts can purchase a lower bowl end ticket through the Rivermen office for just $12, which includes a hot dog and soda. In addition, the first 300 scouts to register will receive a free patch.


"Central Illinois STRONG Night"  

All weekend long, the Rivermen will be collecting donations at each entrance to Carver Arena in support of the local American Red Cross and its tornado relief efforts in central Illinois. In exchange for a donation, no matter the amount, each fan will receive a FREE ticket to the December 20 game against the Bloomington Thunder, which has been designated "Central Illinois STRONG Night." The Rivermen will also wear special jerseys that night, which will be auctioned off live after game. 100% of the proceeds will benefit tornado relief in central Illinois as well.



The Rivermen (3-5-1-0) and Ice Flyers (5-4-1-0) will face each other five times this season, with three of those meetings coming at Peoria’s Carver Arena – all three this weekend. In fact, the two teams will play each other more frequently this weekend than they did over nine years together in the ECHL. Peoria and Pensacola met only twice during that era, with Peoria winning 2-1 at Pensacola on Feb. 14, 1997, and Pensacola winning 4-2 in Peoria on Feb. 19, 1997.



The Rivermen completed a season-long five-game road trip last Saturday with a big 2-1 win at Fayetteville, which also ended a six-game losing skid. Nick Prockow notched the winner (also Peoria’s first shorthanded goal) with just under 12 minutes remaining, while netminder Eric Levine made 26 saves on 27 shots for his first professional win. Pekin-native Cole Ruwe also netted a goal for the Rivermen, his first of the year.



The Rivermen begin a four-game homestand on Thursday, including three in a row against the Pensacola Ice Flyers Nov. 21-23. Overall, Peoria will play seven of its next eight games at Carver Arena, which will be the team’s longest stretch of home games this season. In addition, Peoria will not travel out of state until December 26.



The Pensacola Ice Flyers are in their fourth season in the South Professional Hockey League and are the defending President’s Cup champions. Previously, the team spent 12 years (1996-2008) in the ECHL as the Pensacola Ice Pilots. This year, the Ice Flyers are led by the league’s top two rookies, Joe Caveney and Paul Rodrigues. Caveney currently leads the entire SPHL in goals (11) and points (20), while Rodrigues paces the league in assists (15). In addition, both of Pensacola’s goaltenders are among the top six in GAA and save percentage. Rookie John Griggs is 1-3-1 (2.83 GAA, .891) and Peter Di Salvo is 4-1-0 (2.55, .923).



When center Nick Prockow was signed over the summer, he was considered to be one of the key players to watch. Now we know why. He’s currently tied for the team lead in points (9) and assists (5), and is the only player to record a multi-point game in each of the last two contests (1g, 3a). Last Saturday, he notched the game-winner at Fayetteville with Peoria’s first shorthanded goal of the season.



Over the last six games, Peoria’s power play has dipped all the way from first to eighth in the league and currently sits at 15.5%. In addition, the Rivermen have not scored in their last 22 power play chances and overall, Peoria is just one for its last 33 (3%).



Less than a month into the season, the Rivermen have already placed center Dean Yakura (knee) and d-man Tyler Amburgey (hip flexor) on the 30-day injured reserve. In addition, Ryan Raven is out with a lower body injury, while Nick Wheeler will be playing this weekend with a broken nose.



On Monday, the Rivermen signed veteran and ex-AHL netminder Chris Carrozzi, a sixth round draft pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2008. Carrozzi only lasted two full days with the Rivermen though, as he left the team Thursday afternoon to apparently go back to school and play hockey at the University of New Brunswick. In response, Peoria has turned to St. Louis native Kevin McFarland as its emergency back-up for this weekend. McFarland was in training camp for Peoria but was released on Oct. 20. The Rivermen released Russ Stein on Monday to make room for Carrozzi.


For more information, please visit the Rivermen office located inside the Peoria Civic Center or call (309) 676-1040.