November 20, 2017 - 06:30 pm

Rivermen Place Greenberg on Injured Reserve Monday

Peoria also returns 2016-17 goaltender Parks, waives Leon, signs rookie Smith to full contract


Peoria, IL – The Peoria Rivermen announced a series of roster moves Monday, sending winger Justin Greenberg to the 30-day Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury and signing rookie winger Will Smith to a full contract, while adding goaltender Tyler Parks on a full deal and waiving netminder Matt Leon. Additionally, the Rivermen have loaned defenseman Nick Neville to ECHL South Carolina as Peoria prepares to host a pair of games against the Mississippi RiverKings Friday and Saturday night at Carver Arena following the Thanksgiving Holiday.


Greenberg goes to the IR after suffering an injury late in the first period of Peoria’s game last Friday night in Evansville when he was cross-checked into the boards by Thunderbolts defenseman Brandon Lubin. Greenberg, the reigning Warrior Hockey SPHL Player of the Week, will be on the sidelines a minimum of 30 days, while Lubin sat out Evansville’s game at Mississippi on Saturday.


Smith remains with the Rivermen on a full contract following the expiration of his three-game tryout deal, during which he played two games, recording three shots on goal, going +1 against Knoxville November 11 before registering a -1 rating at Birmingham on Saturday.


Parks makes his return to the Rivermen after he saw action in 17 games for Peoria last season, going 8-3-4 between the pipes with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .925 saves rate, adding a pair of shutouts for the Rivermen. The Imperial, MO native spent time this fall with ECHL Tulsa, and had next-level stints last season with the Elmira Jackals and Missouri Mavericks.


Leon leaves the Rivermen after playing in just one game, taking a shootout loss Saturday against the Birmingham Bulls in Alabama. The Pineville, NC native spent time in training camp with the Rivermen, and Saturday’s game marked the professional debut for the SUNY-Geneseo product.


Neville, meanwhile departs the Rivermen for ECHL South Carolina after skating in 10 games for the Rivermen this year, tallying four assists and a +5 rating. Last season, the Bloomfield Hills, MI native saw action in 18 contests for the Stingrays, recording two assists before joining the Rivermen, for whom he logged a goal and three helpers in seven games, adding an assist in seven postseason contests.


The Rivermen return to action this Friday and Saturday night when they host the Mississippi RiverKings at Carver Arena, with both games scheduled for 7:15 PM.


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