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GDT: QCS @ PEO-2/8/2019 (2-3 W)

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From: The Peoria (IL) Journal Star > Sports


Inside the Rivermen: An SPHL honor for Blasko, Pride Night for the Rivermen, and duel with the ‘RiverStorm’

By Dave Eminian
of the Journal Star

Posted Feb 7, 2019 at 8:12 PM

Updated Feb 7, 2019 at 8:23 PM

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Friday, Quad City at Rivermen, Carver Arena, Peoria, 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Rivermen at Quad City, TaxSlayer Center, Moline, 7:10 p.m.


Records: Peoria, 29-3-4 (1st). Quad City, 9-21-3 (9th).

Season series: Peoria 9-1-1.

Head coaches: Peoria, Jean-Guy Trudel. Quad City, Dave Pszenyczny.


Goals: Peoria, Austin Vieth 18. QC, Mitch Mueller 11.

assists: Peoria, Ben Blasko 30. QC, Mueller, Phil Bronner 10.

Points: Peoria, Blasko 45. QC, Mueller 21.

Goaltenders: Peoria, Steve Klein 15-3-1, 1.83, .929; Storm Phaneuf 10-0-1, 1.80, .912. QC, Peter Di Salvo 7-12-1, 3.27, .907; Ryan Mulder 2-3-0, 2.71, .917.



Offense rank: Peoria, 3.69 (1st). QC, 2.24 (8th).

Defense rank: Peoria, 2.03 (1st). QC, 3.33 (8th).

Power play: Peoria, .187 (5th). QC, .192 (4th).

Penalty kill: Peoria, .837 (4th). QC, .838 (3rd). ...

BIG PICTURE: ... The Rivermen, fresh off a 12-day, 5-0-1 road trip, now start a 10-game stretch in which they’ll play nine times at home. The Rivermen are 13-0-1 at Carver Arena -- the only team remaining in professional hockey without a regulation loss on home ice this season. Peoria owns the SPHL high ground with a 12-point lead in first place, and can clinch an SPHL playoff spot this weekend. ...

RIVER READINGS: The Rivermen, banged up, tired, and with some players down with the flu, did not skate for three days this week. ... Peoria’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is five points over Quad City or six points over Pensacola. ...


Read more at: https://www.pjstar.com/sports/20190207/inside-rivermen-sphl-honor-for-blasko-pride-night-for-rivermen-and-duel-with-riverstorm


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And from Mr. E's game report ...


... The Rivermen now are 30-3-4, and with a Birmingham loss Friday opened a 14-point lead in first place in the SPHL. Their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is one point, over Quad City.

And it’s still early February.

Record aside, this was not a great outing for either team Friday. The Rivermen, shorthanded and battered after a big road trip the last two weekends, had three days off this week.

They looked like they wanted a fourth. And Quad City, with a roster that includes 12 former Rivermen players on it (active, injured or called-up) didn’t offer much either.

Peoria coach Jean-Guy Trudel was ticked off after the game. And he spent a good 20 minutes letting his player’s know it.

“I could see this coming, we just had a very emotional road trip, took 11 of 12 points and felt great,” Trudel said. “But we came home feeling too good about ourselves. This game was awful to watch.

“I know, we’re at 30 wins and that’s great. But we feel way too good about ourselves and we have some guys who better get it going.” ...


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