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RiverKings host Ice Bears in rematch of last season's finals

Game 9: Mississippi RiverKings (6-2-0) vs. Knoxville Ice Bears (4-3-1)

7:05 p.m. CST, Concorde Career College Ice at Landers Center, Southaven, Mississippi

The Mississippi RiverKings and Knoxville Ice Bears meet for the first time in the 2015-16 SPHL season. Last season, these two teams met in the President's Cup Finals with the Ice Bears taking the series 2-0.

Broadcast Coverage

Radio: Free broadcast on RiverKings.com/Stretch Internet

Streaming: Pay-to-watch video on SPHL Live

Scouting the Ice Bears

The Ice Bears enter the week in fifth place in the SPHL after going 1-1-1 last week with a loss on the road in Huntsville (4-0), a win at home against Pensacola (6-4) and an overtime loss in Peoria (3-2).

Knoxville has added some offensive firepower over the course of the last week. After re-signing center Ben Power, the Ice Bears signed former RiverKing Todd Hosmer following his release from ECHL Wichita. Hosmer, x, last played in the SPHL in the 2013-14 season and tallied 55 points (37G, 18A) in just 40 games and was +15. In three games so far for the Ice Bears, the Scarborough, Ont. native has two goals and is -3.

Defensively, the Ice Bears are led by the newly-crowned most veteran player in SPHL History, Jason Price. Price played in his 405th regular season contest, breaking Columbus' Orrin Hergott's previous record of 404. Price, alongside veteran netminder Bryan Hince headline the returning players from last season's SPHL championship team that includes defenseman Brad Pawlowski and forward Dennis Sicard.

Head-to-Head

The RiverKings and Ice Bears meet for the first time this season. In the 2014-15 regular season, the RiverKings went 2-3-1 while the Ice Bears went 4-2-0.

Fast Facts

  • After falling in Pensacola on Wednesday night, the RiverKings rebounded with a 5-2 victory in Macon, giving them wins in six of their last seven games.
  • The RiverKings penalty kill, currently ranked 3rd in the SPHL, has yet to be scored on at home this season (18 kills). Their road power play is also tops in the league, converting on 28.6% of their opportunities.
  • Forward Devin Mantha extended his league-leading seven-game point streak with a power-play goal against Macon.
  • Rookie forward Mark Pustin has a three-game goal-streak and is tied for the league lead in goals with six.
  • Goaltender Matt Grogan's 1.99 goals against average is tops in the league.

Promotional Information

  • The RiverKings host their annual 80s Night on Friday. All fans born in the 80s receive half-off of their tickets at the box office and all fans in their 80s get in free with a valid ID.
  • Wednesday, November 18 is the last day for participants to sign up to compete to win $500 on Hunger Games Night presented by Bott Radio Network. Visit http://riverkings.com/hungergames to sign up!
  • Tuesday, November 24 is Youth Sports Night. Kids get half-off their tickets by wearing their youth sports jersey at the box office.
  • The annual Teddy Bear Toss, benefiting Toys for Tots, is November 28. When the RiverKings score, fans throw their new, stuffed toys on the ice. If the RiverKings collect over 2000 stuffed toys, all fans will receive a free ticket to any December or January game.
Posted by David Schmoll at 9:56 AM

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Schedule

Standings

TEAM GP W L OT PTS
PEN Pensacola 18 13 4 1 27
PEO Peoria 18 12 5 1 25
EVV Evansville 18 11 5 2 24
HUN Huntsville 17 10 5 2 22
MRK RiverKings 18 11 7 0 22
MAC Macon 18 9 5 4 22
KNX Knoxville 17 8 8 1 17
FAY Fayetteville 20 5 11 4 14
RKE Roanoke 18 5 11 2 12
BIR Birmingham 16 5 10 1 11
 
Full Standings

Updated: December 16, 2017