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RiverKings Complete Weekend with a Win

By: David Schmoll

November 27, 2011

Southaven, Miss--The Mississippi RiverKings started their first winning streak of the year today as they defeated the Columbus Cottonmouths 6-4 at the Desoto Civic Center.

Trevor Karasiewicz got the RiverKings on the board early as he pushed on past goaltender Andrew Loewen to put the RiverKings up 1-0 just 1:11 into the game. Ten minutes later, Columbus’ Mitch Wall ripped a shot over the top of Scott Darling to tie the game up at one goal apiece.

Columbus would strike again early in the second as Orrin Hergott converted on a breakaway with a backhander over Darling to give Columbus a 2-1 edge. The RiverKings battled back as a Chris Pontes shot deflected off the leg of Kevin Fukala, tying the game at two. Four and a half minutes later, Rob Sich took a Nick Vandenbeld pass and slid it through the legs of Loewen to give the RiverKings a lead they would not relinquish. Mike Tuomi scored twice in five minutes to put the RiverKings up 5-2 going into the third.

Early in the third, Tom Maldonado scored as he floated a shot through traffic and past Darling to bring the Cottonmouths within two. But Mike Tuomi would bury a breakaway opportunity for his third goal of the night. Nifty passing by the Cottonmouths set up a Jordan Braid goal late in the final frame, but it would not be enough as the RiverKings won their second straight in as many nights.

Scott Darling picked up his third win of the season, stopping 32 of 36 shots against him, improving to 3-3 on the year. Andrew Loewen turned aside 27 of 33 shots and fell to 4-3.

The next RiverKings game is on Friday, December 2 in Louisiana as the RiverKings battle the Ice Gators. The ‘Kings return home on the third for Autism Awareness night to complete a home and home against Louisiana.

The O’Charley’s Coach’s Show returns Monday night. Join Broadcaster David Schmoll, Head Coach Derek Landmesser, players and other RiverKings fans to get all latest information on all things RiverKings. The show airs live on Sports 56 and begins at 7:00 p.m. at O’Charley’s in Southaven.

Great tickets are still available for the RiverKings’ 20th Anniversary Season sponsored by Belhaven University. December 3rd is Autism Awareness Night. The RiverKings will wear special jerseys designed by CAKEtabulous, which will be auctioned off after the game. A portion of the proceeds will go to Assists for Autism. For more information on group tickets for Autism Awareness night, or for flex ticket packages, contact the RiverKings front office at 662-342-1755 or log onto www.riverkings.com.
Posted by Mississippi RiverKings at 4:23 PM

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