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Comeback Falls Short, RiverKings Fall to Pensacola 2-1

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Tyler Green made 26 saves, and Devin Mantha scored his eighth goal of the season, but the RiverKings can’t mount the complete comeback at Planters Bank Ice at Landers Center as they fall to Pensacola.
 
The first two periods would remain scoreless, though not without action, as the middle frame saw fisticuffs between the RiverKings Brantley Sherwood and Pensacola’s Anthony Calabrese. Shortly after, Jake Schultz and Ice Flyer Patrick Harrison decided to join in on the action with a battle of their own. Despite the momentum, the RiverKings couldn’t crack rookie goaltender and SPHL Warrior Player of the Week, Gordon Defiel.
                                                                                                                         
The third period would drip down to almost halfway before anyone broke the ice, and unfortunately for the RiverKings, it was Pensacola who struck first. Trever Hertz set up in the high slot, just below the blue line and ripped a snapshot over the glove hand of Tyler Green for the game’s first goal.
 
The RiverKings would get a break with a Pensacola penalty but slipped up allowing a shorthanded goal to Stephen Hrehoriak who had a mini-breakaway and was able to best Tyler Green and get Pensacola the 2-0 lead.
 
The RiverKings would battle back just a little over three minutes later when team Captain Devin Mantha netted his eighth goal of the season, and his third power-play goal against Pensacola this season. Nearing the end of the third it got frantic and looked as though the RiverKings might complete the comeback with another power-play goal, but Defiel stood his ground, and the Ice Flyers escaped Southaven with the win.
 
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Posted by Mississippi RiverKings at 9:54 PM

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TEAM GP W L OT PTS
PEO y-Peoria 56 38 13 5 81
MAC x-Macon 56 33 16 7 73
PEN x-Pensacola 56 33 16 7 73
HUN x-Huntsville 56 30 16 10 70
KNX x-Knoxville 56 30 20 6 66
EVV x-Evansville 56 27 20 9 63
MRK x-RiverKings 56 29 25 2 60
RKE x-Roanoke 56 26 26 4 56
BIR Birmingham 56 22 28 6 50
FAY Fayetteville 56 12 38 6 30
 
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Updated: April 8, 2018

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