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WEEKEND PREVIEW: RIVERMEN VS. FIREANTZ
Published: November 14th 2013 @ 5:00 PM

Nov
14
2013

 

 

Date                Time                Opponent                            Broadcast                    

Fri, Nov. 15     6:05pm CST    @ Fayetteville FireAntz       CD Country 107.9 FM / Live Video

Sat, Nov. 16    6:05pm CST    @ Fayetteville FireAntz       CD Country 107.9 FM / Live Video

 

PEORIA VS. FAYETTEVILLE

The Rivermen (2-4-1-0) make their inaugural trip to Fayetteville, North Carolina this weekend for a pair of games against the Fayetteville FireAntz (1-3-0-0). The Rivermen enter Friday's game in 8th place in the SPHL (5 points), just one marker ahead of the FireAntz who are tied with Bloomington at the bottom of the standings (4 points). This season, Peoria and Fayetteville will meet six times, including a back-to-back series at Carver Arena Feb. 14-15, and the final two games of the regular season in Fayetteville Mar. 21-22.

 

CAUGHT IN A SLUMP

The Rivermen enter this weekend on a five-game losing streak, which began Nov. 1 at Carver Arena. Since starting the year 2-0 for the first time in six years, Peoria has fallen to 2-4-1-0 overall and 0-4-1-0 in the month of November. Last Friday, the Rivermen lost 7-2 in their first ever trip to Huntsville before being swept in a pair of games by the Mississippi RiverKings in Southaven, Miss. On Saturday, however, Peoria battled back from a two-goal deficit late in regulation to force overtime and pick up its fifth point of the season.

 

ABOUT THE RIVERMEN

The Peoria Rivermen are in their 32nd season of professional hockey, but first in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Previously, the Rivermen have spent time in the International Hockey League (1984-1996), the East Coast Hockey League (1996-2005), and the American Hockey League (2005-2013). The franchise has won three championships including the 1985 and 1991 Turner Cup (IHL) championships as well as the 2000 Kelly Cup (ECHL) championship.

 

VIEW FROM FAYETTEVILLE

What originally began as the Cape Fear FireAntz in 2002, the Fayetteville FireAntz joined the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2005. Since then, the franchise has won the 2006-07 President’s Cup championship as well as the 2012-13 regular season title. The FireAntz are led offensively by rookie defenseman Zach Carriveau, who heads the team in goals (3) and points (5). Veteran scorer Brett Liscomb (second on the team with four points) attended training camp with the Rivermen but was released on Oct. 17.

 

After having all of last weekend off, Fayetteville enters this weekend rested and on a one-game win streak, after defeating the Bloomington Thunder, 6-3, at home on Nov. 2. In addition, the FireAntz have the luxury of starting the season with a six-game home stand.

 

WELCOME TO THE PROS

Rookie center Garrett Vermeersch has been one of Peoria’s hottest players during his first three weeks as a pro. The 23-year-old scored at least one goal in each of his first three games including a hat trick during the Rivermen home opener on Oct. 25. The Macomb, Michigan native currently leads the team with five goals and eight points and has recorded at least one point in five of the team’s first seven games.

 

FLOOD GATES HAVE OPENED

Over the last five games, the Rivermen have allowed a league-high 25 goals and have been outscored 25-8 in the month of November. In addition, Peoria has been outscored 13-5 in the first period this season. However, Fayetteville has scored just eight goals all year thanks to a pair of shutouts. Neither team has scored the first goal of a game this season.

 

SIN BIN DILEMMA

When it comes to penalty minutes this season, the Rivermen and FireAntz are on completely different sides of the spectrum. Peoria currently averages the fewest penalty minutes in the league, just over 14 per game, while Fayetteville leads the league with 48 PIM per contest. The FireAntz also lead the SPHL with three 10-minute misconducts and seven game misconducts.

 

FILLING THE VOID

The Rivermen filled a much needed role last week with the signing of enforcer Nick Metcalfe on Monday. Metcalfe, who competes as a cage fighter during the offseason, attended training camp with SPHL Knoxville and fought Columbus’ Dan Amesbury, who is considered one of the top two fighters in the league. Metcalfe, 23, spent the last four years at Tufts University.

 

POWER PLAY WOES

Over the last four games, Peoria’s power play has dipped from first to fifth in the SPHL and currently sits at 18%. The Rivermen are currently on an 0-for-14 streak on the power play and just one for their last 24.

 

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Fans are encouraged to follow the Rivermen all season long through Facebook (Official Peoria Rivermen Facebook Page) and Twitter (@Peoria_Rivermen) for live, in-game updates as well as player news and special contests and giveaways.

 

JMP MEDIA GROUP NIGHT

On Thursday, Nov. 21, the Rivermen will hold JMP Media Group Night as they take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers 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.

 

COATS FOR KIDS NIGHT

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.

 

BOY SCOUT NIGHT

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.

 

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