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GDT: PEO @ BIR-3/15/2019 (3-4 SOL)

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From: The Peoria (IL) Journal Star > Sports


Inside the Rivermen: Kalisz returns, Rivermen face Bulls in duel of SPHL’s elite





Friday, Rivermen at Birmingham, Pelham Civic Complex, Pelham, Ala., 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Rivermen at Birmingham, Pelham Civic Complex, Pelham, Ala., 7 p.m.


Records: Peoria, 35-7-6 (1st). Birmingham, 32-14-2 (2nd).

Season series: Peoria, 0-0-1.

Head coaches: Peoria, Jean-Guy Trudel. Birmingham, Jamey Hicks.



Goals: Peoria, Austin Vieth 20. BRM, Josh Harris 21.

assists: Peoria, Ben Blasko 40. BRM, Josh Harris 30.

Points: Peoria, Ben Blasko 57. BRM, Josh Harris 51.

Goaltenders: Peoria, Steve Klein 18-5-2, 1.91, .923.; Storm Phaneuf 13-2-2, 1.92, .904. BRM, Mavric Parks 25-8-2, 2.36, .930.



Offense rank: Peoria, 3.52 (3rd). Birmingham, 3.58 (2nd).

Defense rank: Peoria, 2.13 (1st). Birmingham, 2.75 (4th).

Power play: Peoria, .183 (6th). Birmingham, .205 (3rd).

Penalty kill: Peoria, .828 (4th). Birmingham, .841 (2nd) ...


BIG PICTURE: The league’s top two players in the scoring race -- Rivermen center Ben Blasko (57 points) and Birmingham center Josh Harris (51 points) meet on the ice for the final two regular-season battles between the league’s two elite teams.  ... Rivermen lost four of their last five and two straight in regulation. They are trying to avoid three straight losses for the first time this season. Birmingham lost three of its last four, all those defeats to a surging Huntsville team. ... It’s a pair of ECHL-caliber teams matching up in the SPHL. ...


Read more at: https://www.pjstar.com/sports/20190314/inside-rivermen-kalisz-returns-rivermen-face-bulls-in-duel-of-sphls-elite


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March 16, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

Pelham, AL – The Peoria Rivermen piled 45 shots on goal through regulation and overtime, battled to a 3-3 tie after 65 minutes, and fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Birmingham Bulls at Pelham Civic Complex Ice Arena Friday. The loss, Peoria’s third straight, drops the Rivermen to 35-7-7 on the season before tomorrow night’s rematch with the Bulls in Alabama. ...

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