Baker's Pair Jolts Surge over RiverKings

By: David Schmoll
March 14, 2014

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- Bill Baker scored a pair of goals as the Mississippi RiverKings (28-21-4) fell to the Mississippi Surge (22-25-5) at home 5-1 on Friday night.

The teams traded goals in the first period on the power play. Bill Baker deflected a Joe Tolles shot past Dan McWhinney with the Surge on a five-on-three power play 10:21 into the first period to put the visitors on top. The RiverKings came back with the power play goal of their own. Matt Whitehead's deflection slipped past Mathieu Dugas 12:50 into the opening frame to tie the game at one going into the first intermission.

The Surge took control of the game in the second. Brett Vandehogen buried a Tom Craig pass past McWhinney from the slot to put the Surge on top 2-1. Four minutes later, the former RiverKing Craig slid the puck to the back of the net to give the visitors a two-goal edge headed into the second intermission.

In the third, the Surge netted another pair. Baker found the back of the net for the second time in the game with a wrist shot over the glove of McWhinney just under three minutes into the third, giving the Surge a 4-1 lead. In the waning moments of the period, the Surge notched their fifth goal of the game on Ian Boots' shot to take a 5-1 victory in Southaven.

Dan McWhinney (12-10-1) took the loss after stopping 23 of 28 shots against. Mathieu Dugas (14-12-2) stopped 31 of 32 shots against in the win.

The RiverKings hit the ice tomorrow night in Biloxi in a rematch with the Surge. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. with all the action airing live on 87.7FM and the America One Sports Network.

RiverKings season tickets for the 2014-15 season are on sale now! Season tickets paid in full by June 1 receive a free parking pass for the entire season. Call 662-342-1755 to order yours today!

About the Mississippi RiverKings
The RiverKings are supported by our community partners, season ticket holders, fans, and grants from the Maddox Foundation, an independent private foundation based in Hernando, Miss. To find out more about the RiverKings, call 662.342.1755 or visit www.riverkings.com.

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