No Holiday Break for RiverKings

By: Will Wodka
November 25, 2013

Date Time Opponent Broadcast 
Tues. November 2610:35 a.m. vs. MS Surge (6-4-0) America One Sports Network 
Wed. November 277:05 p.m. @ MS Surge (6-4-0) Sports 56/87.7FM/America One Sports Network 
Fri. November 296:30 p.m. @ Columbus (4-6-1) Sports 56/87.7FM/AMerica One Sports Network 
Sat. November 307:05 p.m. vs. Knoxville (5-4-1) America One Sports Network 

WEEKEND RECAP: The RiverKings took one of two over the weekend, losing in a shootout against the Mississippi Surge and stealing one in Huntsville on Saturday. In Friday night’s contest, Matt Smyth and Charles LaChance gave the RiverKings an early 2-0 lead. Scoring two goals of their own, the Surge forced a shootout where Kyle Kudroch and Matt Gordon each scored to seal the victory for the visitors. Traveling to Huntsville on Saturday, the RiverKings bounced back with goals from LaChance, Daniel Sobotka and Tom Craig to beat the Havoc, 3-1, as Dan McWhinney stopped 30 of 31 shots faced, getting his second win of the season against his former team.

GOALIE TANDEM: Improving to a 4-2 record on the year, McWhinney, who remains at the top spot in the league with a 1.67 goals against average, has wins in each of his last three starts. Matt Krahn remains the only undefeated goalie in regulation in the league (3-0-1) and his 2.16 GAA is third best in the league.

SECONDARY PRODUCTION: With goals in both games over the weekend, Charles LaChance has points in each of his last four games. With goals by LaChance and Craig from the second line, this weekend’s games served as the first since the home opener the team's secondary scoring led the scoresheet.

KILLING PENALTIES: With the third best penalty kill in the league, the RiverKings haven’t allowed a power play goal in their last five games, killing off 21 straight penalties, while scoring two shorthanded goals. They currently lead the league with five shorthanded goals this season.

Escaping with a win in overtime on Friday, the Surge, winners of their last three, head back to Southaven for game one of a home and home series.. Since joining the team on November 19 via trade with the Ice Flyers, Mark Thorburn has points in each of his first two games, including two goals. Former RiverKing Justin MacDonald registered two assists against his former team on Friday to take the team lead in points with nine and is a team-leading +6.

RATTLED SNAKES: Black Friday will see the RiverKings head to Columbus to play the Cottonmouths, losers of four of their last five, for the second time this season. The RiverKings took game one of the season series 3-2 in overtime as Matt Harrington scored the second of his team-leading two game winning goals. The team leader in assists, Matt Gingera, has points in eight of the first 11 games of the season. 

PESKY ICE BEARS: The weekend draws to a close with the RiverKings coming home for their first meeting of the season against the Knoxville Ice Bears. Tied for the team lead with eight, Phil Bronner has scored a point in eight of the 11 games and has four points (2g, 2a) on the power play. Making the most of their man-advantage opportunities, the Ice Bears enter the week with the league's top power play, scoring eight goals in 35 chances.

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.

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 2:07 PM

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