Ice Bears down RiverKings in OT

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – The Knoxville Ice Bears overcame a 4-2 deficit and scored 1:48 into overtime to defeat the Mississippi RiverKings, 5-4, in the team's only exhibition game before the regular season starts on Friday, Oct. 23. 

The back-and-forth affair got started when the Ice Bears grabbed a 1-0 lead at 7:53 as Andrew Bonazza scored on starting goalie Peter Di Salvo. The RiverKings answered back 43 seconds later as Mark Constantine wristed a shot past Garrett Sheehan from the left circle to even the score at one. It stayed like that into the second period.

The RiverKings jumped ahead early in the second when Michael Beaudry fired home a shot on a feed from Matt Beer just 1:03 into the period to put the RiverKings up 2-1. Zack Larue tied the game a few minutes later when he redirected a pass in the slot past Di Salvo. The game remained tied until the 15:01 mark of the second when Mark Pustin slammed a one-timer past Sheehan. Mike Grace pinched in to keep the puck alive along the left wall and swept a pass to the right circle, where Pustin fired in his first goal with the RiverKings. Two minutes later Andrew Meredith scored his first, snapping a shot from the left circle after a feed from Beaudry and giving the RiverKings a 4-2 lead into the third.

In the third the Ice Bears pulled back within one as Larue took advantage of a miscue behind the RiverKings net. A loose puck jumped past the stick of goalie Matt Grogan and found the stick of Larue, who jammed it into a wide open net to make it 4-3. Later in the period Louie Educate beat Grogan to tie the game at four and force overtime.

In the 3-on-3 overtime Jide Idowu poked the puck away from a RiverKings defender in the offensive zone and turned that into a breakaway, which he converted to give the Ice Bears a 5-4 win.

The Mississippi RiverKings are proud to be the longest, continually operating sports franchise in the Memphis area, as they begin their 24th season in 2015. Ticket packages for the 24th season of RiverKings hockey start at just $24.75 by calling 662-342-1755. The home opener is scheduled for Friday, October 23 at the Landers Center and groups of 15 or more who purchase a group for that night will receive an identical group package to any other regular season game for free. For more information, check out riverkings.com.

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.

Posted by Lukas Favale at 5:33 PM

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PEO x-Peoria 49 33 12 4 70
PEN x-Pensacola 47 29 12 6 64
HUN Huntsville 50 27 15 8 62
MAC Macon 49 28 16 5 61
KNX Knoxville 50 27 17 6 60
EVV Evansville 49 23 18 8 54
BIR Birmingham 49 22 22 5 49
MRK RiverKings 49 23 24 2 48
RKE Roanoke 49 22 23 4 48
FAY Fayetteville 49 11 32 6 28
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Updated: March 17, 2018

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