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Published: December 23rd 2013 @ 2:05 PM



Dennis Sievers/Peoria Rivermen


The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced today that Peoria's Garrett Vermeersch has been named the Easton Player of the Week for December 16-22.


Vermeersch scored four goals, two on the power play, and added four assists as the Rivermen took two of three games from Bloomington this past weekend.


On Friday, the Macomb, MI native celebrated his 24th birthday in style by scoring a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and adding an assist in a 6-2 win over the Thunder. Vermeersch came back on Saturday with a four-point night, scoring one goal and setting up three others in a 6-3 win over the Thunder. He closed out the weekend by scoring Peoria’s only goal in a 4-1 loss to Bloomington on Sunday.


Vermeersch, who played four seasons for Northeastern University, currently leads all SPHL rookies with 13 goals and seven power-play assists.  He also ranks second in power-play goals (4) and is third in rookie points (24).


Also Nominated: Kevin Walrod, Bloomington (3 gp, 6g, 2 ppg), Jordan Draper, Columbus (3 gp, 2g, 1a, 1 gwg), Dominic Osman, Huntsville (2 gp, 2g, 1a, 1 gwg), Jon Higgins, Knoxville (2 gp, 2g, 1 shg), Todd Hosmer, Mississippi RiverKings (2 gp, 3g, 2a, 1 shg), Chapen LeBlond, Mississippi Surge (3 gp, 2g, 3a, 1 gwg) and Joshua Turnbull, Pensacola (3 gp, 2g, 2a, 1 gwg)


The Rivermen will escape the winter weather and open a four-game road trip on Thursday with a 6:30 CST puck drop against the Columbus Cottonmouths in Columbus, Georgia. The game can be heard locally on CD Country 107.9 FM or online at www.cd1079.net. Fans can also follow along via the live video and audio stream atwww.americaonesports.com.