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RiverKings pepper Genoe, fall 4-2 to Huntsville

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - The Mississippi RiverKings (15-9-6) threw 40 shots on Kevin Genoe, but it was the Huntsville Havoc (16-13-2) who took two points with a 4-2 victory on Tuesday morning in front of 5,884 students, teachers and chaperones for the second Belhaven University Face Off Field Trip of the season.

The Havoc jumped out to a two-goal lead late in the first period. John McGinnis took the puck out of the left-hand corner into the slot and buried it over Garrett Sheehan to give Huntsville a 1-0 lead 11:43 into the opening frame. Just over 90 seconds later the Havoc added a second goal when Jeremy Beirnes found Jackson Brewer on an odd-man rush who beat Sheehan to put Huntsville up 2-0.

The teams traded goals early in the second period. Mark Pustin capitalized on a Huntsville turnover and wristed a shot past the blocker of Kevin Genoe to cut the deficit to one 2:39 into the second. But Bo Driscoll found the back of the net less than three minutes later to give the Havoc a two-goal lead once again.

Just past the midway point of the second, the RiverKings came within one once again. With the Havoc in the midst of a change, Sheehan's long pass to Donald Olivieri set up a three-on-one and Olivieri fed Troy Polino who beat Genoe five-hole at the 12:25 mark of the middle frame to cut the deficit to 3-2.

In the third, the Havoc added an insurance marker early. Scott Henegar's unassisted goal gave the Havoc a 4-2 victory and they held on to win by two.

Garrett Sheehan (1-5-4) stopped 28 of 32 shots against in the loss. Kevin Genoe (12-10-0) turned aside 38 of 40 shots against in the win.

The RiverKings were scoreless on three power play opportunities, while Huntsville was scoreless on a pair of man-advantage chances.

The RiverKings are back on Concorde Career College Ice at Landers Center on Friday, January 29 for 90s Night! All fans born in the 90s get in at half price while all fans in their 90s get in free with a valid ID at the box office. For more information, call 662-342-1755.


Mark Pustin rips a wrist shot past Kevin Genoe as the RiverKings fell to the Huntsville Havoc on Tuesday morning by the score of 4-2. © Mark Mathews

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.

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Updated: December 12, 2017