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December Rolls in with Three and Three

By: Will Wodka
media@riverkings.com
December 2, 2013

Date Time Opponent Broadcast 
Fri. December 67:05 p.m. @ Pensacola (9-6-1) Sports 56/87.7FM/America One Sports Network 
Sat. December 77:05 p.m. vs. Bloomington (3-9-0) America One Sports Network 
Sun. December 83:05 p.m. vs. Bloomington (3-9-0) America One Sports Network 

WEEKEND RECAP: Facing the Mississippi Surge in a home and home during the week, the RiverKings took the first game by the score of 2-1 but lost in Biloxi 3-2 the following night. Tuesday’s game saw all the action in the first period as the RiverKings fell behind early, but rebounded with goals by Mike Grace and Andrew Randazzo. Making 32 of 33 saves, Matt Krahn closed down the door and sealed the win for the RiverKings in front of 6,000 kids during the team's 14th Face Off Field Trip. Shortly after the game both teams headed to Biloxi, where the RiverKings again fell behind early, this time unable to surpass the Surge, who scored two goals in the second period to give them the edge. The RiverKings traveled to Columbus on Friday night, fighting back late with two goals in the third, by Todd Hosmer and Charles LaChance, to steal the win as Matt Krahn stopped 22 of 23 shots to improve to 5-0-1 on the year. The RiverKings headed back home Saturday to face a reeling Knoxville Ice Bears team, who lost their last five games, but watched their early first period lead, after a goal by Hosmer, his second in as many nights, slip away, as Knoxville countered with two goals, just a minute apart from each other and adding another in the second to win 3-1.


THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST:
The RiverKings are a perfect 6-0-0 when leading after one period of play, but are 0-3-0 when trailing after one. With the regulation loss on Saturday, the RiverKings are now 5-1-1 when scoring first and 5-2-0 when outshooting their opponent. Overall the team is scoring an average of 2.79 goals per game, while giving up an average of two goals a game.

PRODUCING FROM ALL ANGLES:

Secondary lines are beginning to pick up the pace, scoring five of the last seven goals for the RiverKings. Charles Lachance continues to produce after signing with the team a month ago and has points in six of his last eight games. Two two power play goals on nine chances in their last four games, Andrew Randazzo now leads the team's defensive unit with seven points in 14 games and remains a +6.

ICE FLYERS: The RiverKings head to Florida on Friday to meet with the Ice Flyers for their first of four meetings this season. The Ice Flyers are coming off of a 7-3 victory over the Huntsville Havoc, where the team scored four unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes of play. Tied with the RiverKings for second in the standings, the Ice Flyers have scored the most goals in the league with the help of leading scorer Joe Caveney, who has 12 goals and 15 assists in 12 of 16 games. Leading the team in assists with 18, Paul Rodrigues has points in seven of his last eight.

SPECIAL TEAMS: More of a Jekyll and Hyde in special teams, the Ice Flyers have the second best power play in the league, scoring 16 goals on 78 man-advantage opportunities, but is the second worst team in the league on the penalty kill, killing off 78.2% of opponents power play chances.


LOW RUMBLES: The RiverKings head home Saturday to welcome the Thunder for two games at the Landers Center. In their last game, the Thunder lost to in-state rivals, Peoria, who scored four unanswered goals on 41 shots. Beginning a three in three on the road Friday, the Thunder is struggling as of late losing their last four games while being outscored 18-8 in those games. Road woes continue for the team, who have now won one road game this season and find themselves last in the league with six points. Although the team is struggling early on, Kevin Walrod’s five goals and seven assists in nine of the first 12 games for the Thunder leads the team. The Thunder have found themselves in the box often with the help of Daniel Barczuk, who has spent 64 of the team‘s league-leading 449 minutes in the box.

MAKING ROSTER MOVES: The four-game slump the Thunder have been experiencing, their longest of the season, has contributed to the team making a few roster moves throughout last week, which included the waiving of Darick Ste-Marie, who had two goals and four assists in nine games, and signing Brandon Hew to another three-game tryout.


AWAY GAME WATCH: Be sure to catch all the RiverKings action when they're away from the Landers Center at Old Style BBQ in Olive Branch, the Official Away Game Watch Party Headquarters of the RiverKings. All the action starts Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. and Friday night at 6:30.

MILITARY NIGHT: Come to the game on Saturday to help the RiverKings recognize veterans and those serving our country. All military personnel and their fans can sit anywhere in the arena for $5 with Military ID on Military Appreciation Night sponsored by Belhaven University. It’s also Teddy Bear Toss Night sponsored by 95.3 The Rebel, where you can bring in a teddy bear and toss it on the ice after the RiverKings score their first goal. All bears will go to Toys for Tots.


KIDS RUN THE SHOW: On Sunday, December 8, as the RiverKings take on the Bloomington Thunder, kids are taking over the RiverKings game! Come out and the RiverKings first Kids Run the Show night with special MVP Non-Profit Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center.

About the Mississippi RiverKings
The Mississippi RiverKings are supported by their community partners, season ticket holders, fans, and by program-related investments of 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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HUN Huntsville 14 8 4 2 18
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