Posting a 4-3 wins at Dayton on Friday and a 4-3 win against Dayton on Saturday, Peoria extended its winning streak to a season-best four games and evened their home record at 4-4-2. The Rivermen, who had not won back-to-back games this season until the current streak, are 7-9-3 and in eighth place in the North Division of the National Conference, one point behind Dayton (9-12-0) and 15 points behind leader Atlantic City (14-5-4).
Peoria will host Toledo on Friday and then travels to Wheeling for games on Saturday and Sunday. The Rivermen are 0-1-0 at home and 2-1-1 overall against Toledo and 0-1-0 at Wheeling and 1-1-1 overall against the Nailers.
In his last four games, rookie goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu is 4-0-0 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.50 and a save percentage of .917. Selected in the fifth round (159th overall) by St. Louis in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and under contract to Worcester of the American Hockey League, the 20-year-old Beckford-Tseu has improved his record to 5-6-1 while lowering his goals-against average to 2.75 and raising his save percentage to .906.
During the winning streak, Trevor Baker leads Peoria with three goals, including a game winner and a shorthand goal, and his five points tie him for the scoring lead with Brian McCullough has two goals, including a game winner, and three assists. Defenseman James Sanford, who is under contract to Hamilton of the American Hockey League, had a career-high three assists on Saturday, giving him four points in his last two games.
McCullough, who has been selected to the ECHL All-Star Game three times, leads the Rivermen with seven goals and 15 points and he is tied for the team lead with two game-winning goals and eight assists.