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RiverKings double up Cottonmouths, 6-3

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Mississippi RiverKings (2-1-0) scored five goals over the final two periods to double up the Columbus Cottonmouths (0-2-1), 6-3, at the Columbus Civic Center Friday night. 

The Cottonmouths grabbed the lead at 5:33 into the first period when Kyle Brodie scored on a deflection on a left point shot, getting it past Peter Di Salvo for a 1-0 lead. Just a few minutes later the RiverKings pulled even on a 2-on-1, when Matt Harrington found Mark Pustin at the left circle. Pustin faked a shot then tucked the puck in on a backhand at 8:29.

The score remained tied into the second, but that only lasted for 18 second into the second before Linden Bahm scored his first of the season to give the RiverKings a 2-1 lead. Bahm deposited the puck in an open net after a terrific pass play between him, Ben Rubin and Michael Beaudry, who both got assists on the goal, Less than two minutes later Mike Grace blasted a slap shot from the top of the left circle under the crossbar to put the RiverKings up 3-1. Then at 4:07 Ryan Marcuz snapped a right circle shot under the crossbar for a 4-1 lead. The Cottonmouth made it a one-goal game by scoring two straight goals to close the second. The first was by Chris Rial at 4:52 and the second was at 14:13 by Louis Belisle.

The RiverKings iced the game away in the third period with two goals. Dean Willmott scored his first as a member of the RiverKings by hammering a shot after a Devin Mantha faceoff win at 7:02 of the third. Later in the period, Pustin scored his second of the game and third in two games after one-timing a cross-ice pass from Harrington at the left circle at 13:29, putting the RiverKings up 6-3.

Both teams finished with 38 shots, with Di Salvo stopping 35 for the win and Shannon Szabados turning aside 32 shots in a losing effort. 

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 RiverKings are back home against the Peoria Rivermen on Tuesday, Nov. 3. 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 9:41 PM

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PEO Peoria 40 27 10 3 57
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MAC Macon 39 23 11 5 51
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Updated: February 18, 2017