RiverKings rally for rout of Rivermen

SOUTHAVEN, Miss -- The Mississippi RiverKings (33-20-2) scored seven unanswered goals to overcome a 3-1 deficit and defeat the Peoria Rivermen (35-16-3), 8-3, Friday night at the Landers Center.

Peoria got off to a hot start in the first period, taking a 3-1 lead after the first 20 minutes. Alec Hagaman opened the scoring at 5:55 when he found a rebound in the left circle after a blocked shot and he snapped a shot past Peter Di Salvo. Just 28 seconds later the Rivermen went up 2-0 when Ben Oskroba scored an unassisted goal at 6:23. The RiverKings got on the board at 8:50 of the first as Dan Delisle buried a shot off a 2-on-1 with Matt Whitehead. Delisle wristed a shot from the right circle to make it 2-1. Later in the first, during a 4-on-4 situation Jake Trask received a pass in front and scored on Di Salvo for a 3-1 Rivermen lead at 15:04.

The RiverKings rally started just 23 seconds into the second period. Ryan Marcuz forced a turnover in the offensive zone, then tapped the puck to Matt Beer, who backhanded a shot past the glove of Kyle Rank to make it 3-2 Rivermen. It stayed that way until Andrew Randazzo tied the game at 13:29 with a shot from the right circle. Less than three minutes later Devin Mantha pounced on a rebound at the right circle and scored into an open net to give the RiverKings their first lead, 4-3, at 16:15. After a handful of penalties at 17:46, including a five-minute instigator penalty against Peoria captain Cole Ruwe, the RiverKings took advantage with a power-play goal by Randazzo at 18:51 to go up 5-3.

The RiverKings didn't score on an extended 5-on-3 to start the third, but they quickly added to their lead at 4:38 when Delisle escaped on a breakaway scored on a backhand on Dustin Carlson, who replaced Rank after the RiverKings fifth goal. Just over three minutes later Sean Jones also scored on a breakaway, with a similar move to Delisle, to go up 7-3. Matt Harrington capped the scoring with a breakaway of his own, which he scored five-hole on Carlson to give the RiverKings an 8-3 win.

Notes: The eight goals scored by the RiverKings is the most they've scored in a game this season and the most they've scored since they scored eight March 8, 2014 vs. Fayetteville. Eight is the most goals allowed by Peoria this season... Matt Whitehead extended his scoring streak to 12 games, which matches Knoxville's Eric Satim for longest in the SPHL this season. He also recorded his 300th career point in the SPHL... Andrew Randazzo scored two goals in the second period for his first multi-goal game of his career.

The RiverKings are back for the final game of the regular season March 28 against the Peoria Rivermen. It is Fan Appreciation Night, presented by Belhaven University. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a free RiverKings rally towel courtesy of Super Drugs Pharmacy and Superior Health & Wellness. Single-game tickets can be purchased at riverkings.com/ticketmaster and groups of 15 or more get a discount, with group tickets starting at $8 per ticket, by calling the front office at 662-342-1755. Group packages for playoff games start at $5. For that and other playoff packages, call the RiverKings front office at 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 9:52 PM

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PEO x-Peoria 49 33 12 4 70
PEN x-Pensacola 47 29 12 6 64
HUN Huntsville 50 27 15 8 62
MAC Macon 49 28 16 5 61
KNX Knoxville 50 27 17 6 60
EVV Evansville 49 23 18 8 54
BIR Birmingham 49 22 22 5 49
MRK RiverKings 49 23 24 2 48
RKE Roanoke 49 22 23 4 48
FAY Fayetteville 49 11 32 6 28
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Updated: March 17, 2018

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