Peoria Rivermen blowout victory sets 8 records, milestones

Peoria Rivermen winger Mike Gurtler (second from left) celebrates one of his two goals in a 10-3 win over Vermilion County at Carver Arena on April 2, 2022.

PEORIA – The Peoria Rivermen were good theater on Saturday, playing the role of Globetrotters to Vermilion County’s Generals in an SPHL match where league and team records were broken and no shortage of lead roles and historic subplots.

The Rivermen destroyed the worst team in pro-hockey, 10-3, in a match where Peoria could easily have had another five or six goals before 3,340 at Carver Arena.

Veteran Rivermen winger Mike Gurtler, who played on his 35th birthday, celebrated with two goals and an assist.

Veteran Rivermen goalkeeper Eric Levine achieved his league-best 28th win of the season, surpassing Kyle Rank to set a franchise record for most wins by a goalkeeper in a single season in Peoria’s SPHL era.

SPHL rookie and league league goal scorer Marcel Godbout had two more goals to raise his season total to 32, making Joe Rybar’s 1998-99 ECHL effort number six of a rookie in Peoria’s 40-year franchise history.

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