IceGators and RiverKings square off for first time in 2014-15

Game 8: Mississippi RiverKings (2-4-1) vs. Louisiana IceGators (5-4-0)

8:05 p.m., Landers Center, Southaven, MS

The Mississippi RiverKings play their only game of the week Friday when they host the Louisiana IceGators at the Landers Center at 7:05 p.m. It's the first match of the season between the teams. They will face off three straight times, including games Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

The IceGators are coming into this week after three straight games against the Pensacola Ice Flyers. The IceGators lost the first two before salvaging a win in the final game Saturday. 

The RiverKings have points in their last two games, winning against Columbus Nov. 14 before losing to Knoxville in overtime Nov. 15. 

Broadcast Coverage

Hibu RiverKings Pregame at 8:00 p.m.

Radio: Audio-ony stream on riverkings.com

Streaming: Pay-to-watch video on SPHL Live

Last time out

The Knoxville Ice Bears rallied from behind twice to beat the RiverKings, 3-2, in overtime Nov. 15 at the Landers Center. The RiverKings had a pair of one-goal leads slip away in the loss.

They grabbed their first lead 9:15 into the first period. Andrew Randazzo and Leo Thomas passed back and forth on the power play. Randazzo finally blasted a one-timer from the center point, beating Braely Torris. The Ice Bears evened things up at one with 5.1 seconds to play in the period. Eric Satim scored on the power play to send the game into the second tied 1-1.

In the second the RiverKings reclaimed the lead 2:40 into the period. Reid Campbell got the puck at the blue line and fired one towards the net. Burke Gallimore redirected it past Torris, giving the RiverKings a 2-1 lead. In the third, the Ice Bears tied the game with 7:07 left in the game. Peter Neal picked up the loose puck after a long battle along the boards. He skated uncontested in front and beat Adam Courchaine, making it 2-2. In the 3-on-3 overtime Josh Cousineau potted a rebound with 51.3 seconds to play to give the Ice Bears their third win over the RiverKings.

Scouting the IceGators

Having played a league-high nine games, the IceGators are 5-4-0. With 10 points they are in fourth place in the SPHL, three points behind first place Peoria. This past week they played the Pensacola Ice Flyers three times, losing the first two before dealing the Ice Flyers their first loss of the season with a 5-3 decision Saturday.

Jeremy Boyer leads the IceGators in scoring with 10 points (4g, 6a) in nine games. He has a game-winning goal and three of his 10 points are on the power play. Benjamin Rubin is second with nine points (2g, 7a), including a team-high four power-play points (1g, 3a). Chris Wilson (3g, 4a) and Adam Stuart (3g, 4a) are both at seven points on the season. Wilson has nine games played and Stuart has seven.

The IceGators have two rookies in net. Marco De Filippo has played in six games for Louisiana, going 4-2-0 with a 2.17 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. He has two shutouts, both against Fayetteville. Andrew Flemming has started three games and is 1-2-0 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .898 save percentage.

Louisiana dominated the season series with the RiverKings in 2013-14, going 7-1-0 against Mississippi in their eight-game season series. The RiverKings lone win of the series came Jan. 17 at the Landers Center, a 3-2 win.

Special Teams

Louisiana's power play is third in the league at 16.1% through nine games, going 5-for-31. They were 2-for-3 in their last game against Pensacola Nov. 15. Although they are third, the IceGators have done most of their damage on the power play at home, where they are 4-for-13 (30.8%). On the road they are just 1-for-18 (5.6%).

The RiverKings have power-play goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season. They were 1-for-3 Nov. 15 vs. Knoxville and are now 3-for-30 (10.0%) on the season, which places them seventh in the league.

The IceGators have given up the second-most power-play goals (7) this season, but their penalty kill is ranked fifth in the league at 85.1% (40-for-47). They have the third-best road penalty kill at 85.0%. No team has been shorthanded more than the IceGators' 47 times.

Mississippi is sixth in the SPHL on the penalty kill. They allowed a power play goal Nov. 15 and are now 18-for-22 (81.8%) on the kill this season.

Posted by Lukas Favale at 1:30 PM

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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
Full Standings

Updated: April 8, 2018

x-Clinched Playoff Berth
y-Clinched Regular Season Title