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Game 8: Mississippi RiverKings (5-2-0) @ Macon Mayhem (2-2-2)

6:30 p.m. CST, Macon Centreplex Coliseum, Macon, Georgia

The Mississippi RiverKings take on the Macon Mayhem for the third time in this young 2015-16 SPHL season. The RiverKings enter tonight's game with a 2-0-0 record against Macon while the Mayhem have a 0-1-1 mark against Mississippi.

Broadcast Coverage

Streaming: Pay-to-watch video on SPHL Live

Scouting the Mayhem

The Mayhem enter tonight's game after a 3-2 overtime win on the road in Columbus on Tuesday morning. After starting the season 0-2-1, the league's newest team has points in three straight games, including an overtime loss to the RiverKings on November 6.

Offensively, the Mayhem are lead by rookie forward Daniel Gentzler. After being held scoreless in the season-opening game, the Manhattan Beach, Ca. native had points in four consecutive games (2G, 4A). Gentzler is tied for the league-lead in points amongst rookies with six.

Behind the pipes, the Mayhem have leaned on third-year pro Garrett Bartus. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of St. Charles, Ill. has appeared in five of the team's six games and boasts a 2-1-1 record with a 2.34 goals against average and 93.1 save percentage.

Head-to-Head

This will be the third meeting between the two teams in the young season. The RiverKings have won both contests and have outscored the Mayhem 8-4 in those match ups.

In those two games, the RiverKings have three players with four points. Leo Thomas (4G), Ryan Marcuz (1G, 3A) and Charles Mosey (4A) lead the way for the RiverKings, while Gentzler has three points (1G, 2A) for the Mayhem.

Fast Facts

  • The RiverKings look to get back in the win-column after their five-game winning streak was halted by Pensacola on Wednesday
  • The RiverKings will be without captain Leo Thomas who is suspended for tonight's game. No timetable has been set for his return.
  • Tonight's game features the league's top two penalty killing units. The Mayhem have killed off 94.7% of penalties to lead the league while the RiverKings' penalty kill comes in at 93.1%.
  • Devin Mantha rides a six-game point streak into tonight's game. He currently leads the SPHL in points (8), assists (7) and power play assists (3) and is tied for the league lead with one shorthanded goal.
  • Rookie forward Mark Pustin is tied for the league-lead in goals with five.
Posted by David Schmoll at 12:00 PM

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Standings

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
 
Full Standings

Updated: April 8, 2018

x-Clinched Playoff Berth
y-Clinched Regular Season Title