RiverKings Start Strong; Fall in Shootout

By: David Schmoll
November 22, 2013

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- The Mississippi RiverKings (6-2-1) tallied two goals in the first period, but the Mississippi Surge (5-4-0) answered with a pair of goals of their own before ending the RiverKings' winning streak at four with a 3-2 shootout decision.

It was all RiverKings in the first. Matt Smyth ripped a slap shot from just outside of the center face off circle that beat a screened Mathieu Dugas blocker side to give the RiverKings a 1-0 lead just 4:24 into the game. Ten minutes later Charles Lachance redirected a Devin Mantha pass through the legs of Dugas to give the home team a 2-0 lead headed into the first intermission.

The RiverKings luck reversed in the latter portion of the second. Mark Thorburn's shot deflected off of a stick in front of Matt Krahn and found its way to the back of the net to cut the RiverKings' lead to 2-1 with under six minutes remaining in the period. But with 1:07 remaining, the Surge added a second as Jordan Peddle collected Chapen LeBlond's rebound and buried it past Krahn to tie the game at two.

After a scoreless third and overtime, the teams headed to a shootout. After a scoreless first round, the Surge broke through with Kyle Kudroch's low shot blocker side on Krahn. Matt Gordon added a second goal for the Surge in the third round and Dugas sealed the win with a save in round four to give the visitors their second straight victory.

Matt Krahn (3-0-1) stopped 33 of 35 shots against in the loss. Matthieu Dugas (5-2-0) turned away 34 of 36 in the victory.

The RiverKings hit the ice tomorrow night in Huntsville against the Havoc at 7:30 p.m. Catch all the action at the Official Away Game Watch Party Headquarters of the Mississippi RiverKings, Old Style BBQ, or listen live on 87.7 FM.

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.

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