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Rivermen Game Notes: Peoria Rivermen (23-10-3) at Macon Mayhem (21-10-5)

February 11, 2018 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Peoria Rivermen News Release


The Rivermen come into tonight's game after suffering a 6-5 shootout loss in Birmingham, Peoria's second defeat in as many nights to the Bulls. Peoria held a 5-3 lead with seven minutes remaining in regulation until the Bulls tied the game with a pair of goals on an extended power- play sequence before prevailing in the shootout.

The overtime point improves the Rivermen to 49 standings points on the season, still three behind league-leading Pensacola.


Today's contest marks the first of three meetings this season between the Rivermen and Mayhem, the only meeting of the regular-season series in Georgia, and the first time the two teams have faced one another since Macon swept Peoria in last April's President's Cup Finals. After tonight, the Rivermen will host Macon for a pair of games, March 23 & 24, at Carver Arena to wrap up the three-game season series.


The Mayhem enter tonight's game after taking a 3-2 win over the Marksmen in Fayetteville last night, improving Macon to 21-10-5 on the season, two points behind Peoria in the SPHL standings. The Mayhem are paced in scoring this season by former Rivermen winger Jake Trask, whose 43 total points are just three shy of Fayetteville's Jake Hauswirth for the league lead.

Meanwhile, Mayhem winger Darren McCormick leads all SPHL goal scorers with 21 tallies on the season, while veteran winger Dennis Sicard ranks among the league leaders with 129 penalty minutes this season, 10 shy of league-leader Brad Drobot of Fayetteville. In net, Mayhem goaltender Charlie Finn has gone 10-5-1 this season, tallying a 3.15 goals-against average while recording a .908 save percentage. On special teams, the Mayhem power-play has been deadly this season, converting at a 20/8% clip, good for third in the SPHL, while Macon's penalty kill ranks eighth at 80.8%.


Last night's Rivermen loss in Birmingham included a goal and an assist for Rivermen winger Keegan Bruce, giving him eight points in seven games since joining the Rivermen via trade. For the season as a whole, the Bellingham, WA native has tallied 12 goals and 15 assists in 36 games, including four game-winners to go with a pair of power-play goals.


Last night's game also included a goal and an assist for Rivermen winger Joe Kalisz, giving the second-year pro points in each of his last three outings, including back-to-back multi-point games. In 32 games this season between Peoria and Fayetteville, Kalisz has logged nine goals and five assists after the Davison, MI native logged 18 goals and 17 helpers in 48 games last season for the then-FireAntz.


Rivermen center Justin Greenberg notched an assist in last night's game to extend his point streak to seven games, dating back to a January 26 Rivermen win over Evansville. Since returning from Injured Reserve in late January, the Dallas, TX native has posted five goals and four assists in seven games, giving him 10 goals and seven helpers in 16 contests this season.


After today's game in Macon, the Rivermen will return to Carver Arena next Friday through Sunday for a trio of games against Fayetteville, including Jean-Guy Trudel bobble head giveaway night on the 16th and Rivermen Hall of Fame Night on 2/17, with former ECHL Rivermen forward Darren Clark being inducted into the Peoria Professional Hockey Hall of Fame. After that, the Rivermen will play host to the Huntsville Havoc on February 23 before traveling to Evansville for a single game with the Thunderbolts the following night at the Ford Center.

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