Dennis Sievers/Peoria Rivermen
Peoria Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel has announced that leading goal scorer Garrett Vermeersch has been returned on loan from the Fort Wayne Komets (ECHL) and is expected to be back in the lineup this weekend against Bloomington.
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During his most recent promotion, the 24-year-old notched one assist, two shots on goal, and a plus-one rating over three games with the Komets. He was initially called up to Fort Wayne on December 30, which marked his second promotion of the month after he was called up by the Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL) on Dec. 10. He dressed one game for Greenville but never saw the ice.
A native of Macomb, Michigan, Vermeersch has appeared in 22 games for the Rivermen this season and leads the team in goals (14), shots (89), and is second on the roster with a plus-eight rating. Plus, his 27 points are best among rookies in the SPHL and he is currently tied with Nick Prockow for Peoria’s top scorer.
Vermeersch will enter Friday’s contest with a 10-game point streak (8g, 9a), which began Nov. 29 against Bloomington – a team he has had loads of success against. Overall, 17 of Vermeersch’s 27 points have come in just seven games against the Thunder. In addition, the 6’0, 180-pound rookie center was named the SPHL’s Easton Player of the Week for Dec. 16-22 after producing eight points (4g, 4a) in three games against Bloomington that weekend.
Prior to turning pro, Vermeersch spent the last four years at Northeastern University in Boston, where he recorded 23 goals and 50 assists over 130 colligate games. During his junior season in 2011-12, he tied for the team lead in goals (10) and was third overall in team scoring (24 points).
The Rivermen return to action and conclude a three-game road trip tonight with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop against the Bloomington Thunder at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. 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 at www.americaonesports.com.