Rivermen Headlines

Published: December 5th 2013 @ 12:35 PM by: Alan Fuehring




Date                    Time                    Opponent            Broadcast                    

Fri, Dec. 6           7:15pm CST         Vs. Havoc             CD Country 107.9 FM / Live Video

Sat, Dec. 7          7:15pm CST         Vs. Havoc             CD Country 107.9 FM Live Video




On Friday, Dec. 6, all fans have the opportunity to purchase two upper bowl tickets for just $20 by bringing a Coca-Cola family product can to the Peoria Civic Center box office.



On Saturday, Dec. 7, Disney Channel star Peyton List, who plays the role of Emma in the network's hit show "Jessie," will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Carver Arena concourse courtesy of CEFCU. In addition, Santa Claus will make a special appearance, and it's also Marines Toys for Tots Night. All fans are encouraged bring a toy to donate to the cause.



The Rivermen (5-6-3, 13pts) and Havoc (8-5-1, 17pts) will face each other four times this season, with two of those meetings taking place at Peoria's Carver Arena - both this weekend. The Havoc currently lead the season-series by a game, after winning the inaugural meeting between the two clubs, 7-2, on Nov. 8 in Huntsville. The Rivermen allowed five consecutive goals that night, while forwards Parker Stanfield and Ryan Raven notched the two Peoria goals. Eric Levine made his pro debut that night and suffered the loss, allowing five goals on 19 shots in relief of starter Russ Stein. 



The Rivermen enter this weekend on a four-game point streak and look to win their third straight game for the first time this season. Last weekend, Peoria swept Bloomington in a home-and-home series for the second time this year, largely in part to Nick Prockow’s hat trick last Saturday and a solid effort by goaltender Eric Levine both nights. Levine stopped 58 of 62 shots on the weekend (.935 save %) and is now 3-4-3 on the year. Levine and the Rivermen have not lost in regulation since Nov. 21.



Beginning Friday, the Rivermen will play four of their next five games at home, where they are 2-3-2 this season. However, rookie center Garrett Vermeersch has seven of his eight goals this year at home, while Peoria’s power play at Carver Arena is second-best in the league at 24.3% (9-for-37).



The Huntsville Havoc are in their 10th season in the SPHL, where they won the President’s Cup in 2009-10, and went to the finals last year. Currently, the Havoc possess the top offense in the league (3.9 goals/game) and are led by forwards Justin Fox (8g, 14a, 22pts) and Mike Gurtler (9g, 11a, 20pts), who are second and third in league scoring respectively. Goaltender Jesse Kallechy is third in the league with a 2.32 GAA and is tied for second with six wins. In addition, Kallechy won the SPHL’s “Player of the Week” award last week.  



Rookie netminder Eric Levine has shown great improvement between the pipes each game this season, and is turning into a solid young goaltender for the Rivermen. After starting the year 1-4-1 in this first six appearances, Levine is now 2-0-2 in his last four starts with a 2.18 GAA and a .933 saves rate over that span. Even more impressive, he has done that will very little rest. Now with Paul Karpowich ready to go, it looks like Peoria will have a powerful 1-2 punch in net.



Last Saturday at Bloomington, center Nick Prockow notched his first career four-point game and his second hat trick of the season. The Montreal native now leads the team in almost every offensive category including eight goals (tied w/ Garrett Vermeersch), nine assists, 17 points and five power play goals. In addition, Prockow is the only Rivermen skater with eight points in his last five games. He also has both of the team’s two shorthanded goals. 



Since the beginning of the season, Peoria has been near the bottom of the league in penalties and penalty minutes per game. After last weekend however, the Rivermen jumped up to seventh in that category (more than 18 PIM/game) after committing a season-high 77 PIM at Bloomington on Saturday. Jarrett Rush, who dropped the gloves after the final horn, is now second in the league among defenseman with 44 PIM, while Parker Stanfield fought twice in that game and recorded a team-high 20 PIM. For the Havoc, captain Sam Cannata is tied for the league lead with four majors among defenseman.   



The Rivermen average more than 34 shots per game this season, which is second-best in the league. Overall, Peoria has thrown more than 30 shots towards the net in each of its last six games and has broken the 40 shots per game mark four times this year, including last Saturday at Bloomington. Parker Stanfield currently leads the team with 66 shots on goal, which is 16 shots better than second place Garrett Vermeersch. 


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