RIVERMEN SET FOR HEALTHY DOSE OF THUNDER
|Fri, Jan. 10||7:05 pm CST||@ Bloomington||CD Country 107.9 FM / Live Video|
|Sat, Jan. 11||7:15 pm CST||Vs. Bloomington||CD Country 107.9 FM / Live Video|
THUNDER STICKS GIVEAWAY
On Saturday, January 11, the first 500 fans through the doors at Carver Arena will receive a free set of Rivermen thunder sticks courtesy of Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers.
The Rivermen are excited to announce their new "loaded ticket" promotion for each of the five remaining home games in January. Beginning this Saturday, fans who purchase the "loaded ticket" will receive a lower bowl seat, plus a hot dog, popcorn and soda for just $15! However, there will only be 200 seats available per game, so call the Rivermen office at 676-1040 or stop by the Peoria Civic Center box office today! There is no limit on how many you can buy.
ALL TOO FAMILIAR
Friday marks the first of five straight meetings between the Rivermen (13-10-3, 29 pts) and Thunder (10-17-0, 20 pts) - and 10th matchup between the two teams already this season. Following Peoria’s first SPHL shutout win (3-0) on New Year’s Day, the Rivermen lead the season series 7-2-0, although it was Peoria that got shut out (2-0) in its last trip to the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Through nine games, Nick Prockow leads the Rivermen in scoring vs. Bloomington (14 pts = 8g, 6a), while Tyler Noseworthy leads the Thunder against Peoria (7 pts = 3g, 4a).
STREAKING IN JANUARY
Entering Friday’s bout with Bloomington, the Rivermen are on a league-best three-game win streak following a pair of victories last weekend in Biloxi, Mississippi. Overall, Peoria’s three-game win streak is the second-longest for the team this season (five straight wins from Nov. 29-Dec. 20), while January marks the second straight month Peoria has started with at least three wins in a row.
SURGING TO VICTORY
Last weekend, the Rivermen knocked off the Mississippi Surge in a pair of games on the beach (in Biloxi, MS). On Friday, Peoria bounced back from a 2-0 deficit in the third behind Jarrett Rush’s first goal of the year and Matt Viola’s game-tying score with just 22 seconds left to force overtime. There, Nick Prockow scored his league-leading eighth power play goal for a 3-2 Rivermen win. On Saturday, Peoria got goals from five different skaters en route to a 5-2 win. Both Eric Levine and Kyle Rank earned a win in net.
VIEW FROM BLOOMINGTON
The Thunder enter this weekend on a one-game skid after being shut out in Columbus (3-0) last Saturday – which marked the fourth time this year Bloomington has been shut out. In addition, the Thunder had a chance to escape the basement of the standings for the first time since November, but couldn’t. Offensively, the Thunder are led by Tyler Noseworthy (20 pts = 7g, 13a), but lately, Kyle Watson has seven points (3g, 4a) in his last 10 games.
With the SPHL becoming the premier feeder league for the ECHL, more and more players are getting the call every week – and it continues to have a heavy impact on Peoria’s roster. On Monday, the Rivermen suffered their seventh of eighth call-ups of the year when versatile winger/d-man Nick Wheeler and forward Phil Bushbacher were each promoted to ECHL Cincinnati. Wheeler had produced six goals and five assists in 26 games, while Bushbacher had only skated in four games since being signed on Dec. 31. In response, the Rivermen signed Jeremiah Ketts to a contract following his three-game tryout with the team. Impressively, Ketts notched at least one point in each of his three-games during his tryout (1g, 3a).
PLAYIN’ LIKE A PROCKSTAR
Through the first half of the season, center Nick Prockow has been one of the best offensive players for the Rivermen – and the league. He currently leads Peoria in goals (12), assists (15) and points (27) and is sixth in the league’s scoring race. Additionally, Prockow is on a three-game point streak (3g, 3a) and three-game goal streak entering this weekend.
On Jan. 1, Peoria traded Corey Tamblyn to Fayetteville for gritty winger Aaron McGill. A native of Salem, Oregon, McGill is known as one of the toughest guys in the league, and on Friday, the 24-year-old will face Bloomington for the first time in a Rivermen uniform. However, McGill has faced the Thunder twice before, and on Nov. 1 with Fayetteville, he collected 29 PIM including a fight with Nic Polaski and a game misconduct. Last year, he fought 17 times with Huntsville, with three of those bouts vs. now-Bloomington enforcer Dennis Sicard.
TEAM STREAKS AND STATS
Peoria has a power play goal in each of its last three games (3-for-19 combined, 16%)…The Rivermen have been outshot in eight straight games (4-4-0)….Peoria is a perfect 10-0-0 when leading after two periods...The Rivermen are midway through a stretch where they will play Bloomington in six consecutive home games.