RiverKings Make Lone Trip to Knoxville This Week

By: Will Wodka
December 16, 2013

Date Time Opponent Broadcast 
Fri. December 206:35 p.m. @ Knoxville (8-6-2) Sports 56/87.7FM/America One Sports Network 
Sat. December 216:35 p.m. @ Knoxville (8-6-2) Sports 56/87.7FM/America One Sports Network 

WEEKEND RECAP: Last week, the RiverKings took one of two against the Huntsville Havoc in a home and home series. In Thursday night’s game, a minute after the Havoc scored the first goal of the game, the RiverKings responded with one of their own by Devin Mantha. In the second, the Havoc regained the lead, but could not hold off the RiverKings as they stormed back with three unanswered goals, two by Matt Whitehead, to steal the win on the road. Both teams were back at it on Friday night, this time in Mississippi, where the Havoc saw another 1-0 lead slip out of their hands 74 seconds later with a goal by RiverKings forward Charles Lachance. In the second, teams traded chances, but did not hit the back of the net until Corey Fulton broke the tie with 32 seconds remaining in the period. Brian Elser tied the game up at two just over three minutes into the third period to force overtime. After a scoreless five minutes, the teams entered a shootout where the Havoc notched a pair of goals to take the 3-2 win.

REGAINING COMPOSURE: The RiverKings have given up the first goal of the game in 10 of their first 19 games, but continue to rebound quickly. In four of those ten games, the RiverKings have responded by scoring within two minutes.

CONTRIBUTING FACTOR: The RiverKings have scored 14 goals in their last five games due in large part from Todd Hosmer, Matt Whitehead, Charles Lachance and Corey Fulton. The four players have combined for 11 of the team’s 14 points, including three on the power play.

ICE BEARS: The RiverKings travel to Knoxville for two games in the Knoxville Civic Coliseum for the only time this season, on Friday and Saturday. The Ice Bears are coming off a loss of their own against the Fayetteville FireAntz and are 3-2 in their last five games, including a win against the RiverKings. In those five games, the IceBears are just 4-31 on the power play and have scored the second fewest power play goals this season. The team continues to struggle to string together wins, having just two winning streaks this season.

FINDING THEIR OFFENSE: The Ice Bears, with the help of centers Eric Satim and Jon Higgins, have scored at least three goals in each of their last six games and have been held to one or fewer goals only once this season.

NO. 1 SPOT: The Ice Bears continue to stick with Bryan Hince as their goaltender, who has played between the pipes in 14 of the team’s first 16 games. Hince has an 8-4-2 record with two shutouts and sits sixth in the league among goaltenders with a goals against average of 2.60.

AWAY GAME WATCH PARTY:Come out to Old Style Barbeque, the Official Headquarters of the Mississippi RIverKings Away Game Watch Party, on Friday and Saturday to watch the RiverKings in action. Both games start at 6:35 pm.

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 David Schmoll at 3:28 PM

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