Hosmer's Three Give RiverKings Third Straight Win

By: David Schmoll
December 26, 2013

BILOXI, Miss. --Todd Hosmer's hat-trick and Dan McWhinney's 34 saves led the Mississippi RiverKings (14-6-2) to a 5-2 victory over the Mississippi Surge (11-12-0) for their third straight win.

The RiverKings got on the board first at the 11:18 mark when Leo Thomas took an outlet pass just out of the penalty box from Paul Clancy and beat Dan Clarke on a breakaway to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. But the Surge came back just two minutes later as former RiverKing Justin MacDonald deflected a shot between the legs of Dan McWhinney to tie the game at one headed into the first intermission.

After a scoreless start to the second, the Surge took the lead late. Tom Janosz pushed the puck past McWhinney 16:09 into the period to take a 2-1 lead. The Surge then took a pair of boarding penalties with under two minutes remaining and the RiverKings capitalized. Todd Hosmer ripped a pass from Mike Grace over Clarke to tie the game headed into the second intermission.

The third period was all RiverKings. Devin Mantha got the scoring started six minutes in after Bill Baker fell down at the RiverKings' blue line, giving Mantha a breakaway he converted on to put the RiverKings up 3-2. Hosmer then added an even-strength and power play goal to complete the hat-trick and give the RiverKings their third straight victory, 5-2 over the Surge.

Dan McWhinney (7-5-0) stopped 34 of 36 shots against in the victory. Dan Clarke (3-6-0) took the loss after turning aside 25 of 30 shots.

The RiverKings return home tomorrow night to take on the Pensacola Ice Flyers. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. and tickets are still available online at ticketmaster.com and through the Landers Center Box Office.

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.

Posted by David Schmoll at 10:00 PM

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