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RiverKings drop season opener to Ice Flyers, 3-2

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- The Mississippi RiverKings allowed three goals in the second period and lost to the Pensacola Ice Flyers, 3-2, Friday night in their season opener at the Landers Center. 

The RiverKings took the lead 4:45 into the first period as Burke Gallimore converted on a pass from Dylan Quaile for a 1-0 lead. Gallimore started the play with a hit in the right wing corner to cause a turnover. Quaile then skated in to the right circle and centered one for Gallimore, who one-timed it for the lead.

That lead lasted until the early stages of the second period, when Steve Bergin cashed in on a loose puck in the crease to even the game at one. Later in the second period, Adam Pawlick found a loose puck in the left wing circle and ripped a quick shot past Adam Courchaine to give the Ice Flyers a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal with 8:32 left in the second.

The RiverKings responded just 1:19 later when Matt Whitehead took a pass from Cody Dion, went one-on-one down the left side, and snapped a shot under the crossbar to tie the game at two with 7:13 remaining in the second period. Less than four minutes later Pawlick scored his second of the game on another loose puck with 3:46 to go in the frame for a 3-2 Pensacola lead.

The RiverKings generated 11 shots in the third period, but didn't pot the equalizer and the Ice Flyers held on for a 3-2 win.

The RiverKings finish of their home-opening weekend against the Knoxville Ice Bears at 7:05 p.m. Saturday night. Groups of 15 or more who purchase tickets will receive complimentary tickets to a future RiverKings home game. For more information, visit riverkings.com or call 662-342-1755.

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 Lukas Favale at 9:54 PM

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TEAM GP W L OT PTS
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
 
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Updated: April 8, 2018

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