Havoc end RiverKings home point streak at nine

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - The Mississippi RiverKings (13-5-3) saw their nine-game home point-streak come to an end at the hands of Jordan Ruby and the Huntsville Havoc (14-8-0) with a 4-1 loss at home on Sunday afternoon.

The teams traded goals in the first period. John Lidgett put the Havoc on top first with a wrap-around goal that beat Garrett Sheehan between the legs to give Huntsville a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, Matt Harrington tallied his second point in as many nights, and his first goal of the year, when he one-timed a Sam Higgins pass over Jordan Ruby to tie the game at one.

In the second, the Havoc took the lead for good. Kyle McNeil finished off a three-on-two to beat a diving Sheehan high to give Huntsville a 2-1 lead. Then, with just five seconds left in the frame, Scott Henegar took advantage of a RiverKings turnover and found the back of the net to give the Havoc a two-goal lead. McNeil would then add his second goal of the game with an empty-net goal with one second left in the third to give Huntsville the 4-1 victory, snapping the RiverKings nine-game home point streak.

Garrett Sheehan (0-1-2) stopped 21 of 24 shots against in the loss. Jordan Ruby (4-3-0) turned aside 35 of 36 shots against in the win. The RiverKings were held scoreless on five power play opportunities while the Havoc were 0-3 with the man advantage.

The RiverKings return to Concorde Career College Ice on Saturday, January 2 for Elvis Night. The RiverKings will wear special Elvis-themed jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game to benefit the RiverKings ReachOut Fund at the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. To purchase your tickets as part of your January mini-plan, call 662-342-1755 or visit RiverKings.com/january-mini-plan.

RiverKings forward Matt Harrington (74) celebrates his first-period goal that tied the game at one. The RiverKings fell to Huntsville 4-1 on Saturday afternoon on Concorde Career College Ice at Landers Center their first regulation loss at home since October. © Mark Mathews

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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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