RiverKings to Battle New Faces

By: David Schmoll
November 12, 2013


Date Time  Opponent  Broadcast 
Fri. November 15  7:05 P.M. vs. Columbus (3-3-0) America One Sports Network
Sat. November 16 7:05 P.M.  vs. Huntsville (4-1-1) America One Sports Network

WEEKEND RECAP: The Mississippi RiverKings (4-2-0) returned home last weekend after a 5-2 loss to the Louisiana IceGators on Wednesday to take a pair of games from the Peoria Rivermen on Saturday and Sunday. In game one, the RiverKings jumped out to an early lead, but saw a two-goal lead fade away in the final five minutes of regulation as the Rivermen forced overtime. With under a minute remaining, Matt Whitehead's slap shot beat Eric Levine for his second goal of the game and gave the RiverKings their third consecutive victory against Peoria. The team avoided any late-game heroics on Sunday as Dan McWhinney turned aside all 32 shots against and Daniel Sobotka tallied the game-winner in a 3-0 victory.

NO SHORTAGE OF OFFENSE: The RiverKings' top line of Leo Thomas, Todd Hosmer and Matt Whitehead has led the team in scoring throughout the first six games of the season. Hosmer enters this weekend on a five-game point streak and his eight goals rank him second in the SPHL. After being held scoreless on Wednesday, Whitehead rebounded for a four-point night, including the game winning goal. Thomas' empty-net goal on Sunday afternoon gave him two points in as many days.

MISSISSIPPI MILESTONES: Forward Matt Whitehead notched his 125th career assist during Friday's game and then added three additional helpers to finish the weekend with 129 assists... Defenseman Matt Smyth will play in his 400th career game on Friday night against Columbus.

BRICK HOUSE: The RiverKings goaltending duo of Dan McWhinney and Matt Krahn find themselves ranked second and fourth in the SPHL in goals against average respectively. McWhinney's 94% save percentage is tops in the league, while Krahn's 90.2% is good for sixth.

COTTONMOUTHS ON THE RISE: After falling in their first two games of the season, Columbus has rebounded to win three out of their last four games including back-to-back wins against Bloomington last weekend. The Snakes are led by returning forward Matt Gingera who has points in his last five games and goaltender Travis Bosch leads the Cottonmouths with a 2-0-0 record and one shutout.

RAISING HAVOC: The Huntsville Havoc (4-1-1) enter this weekend's games in second place in the SPHL. The team is led by returning forward Justin Fox (5-8-13) who has a point in each of the team's six games this season. Goaltender Kevin Genoe (2-0-1) leads the league in goals against average and defenseman Rob Florentino's six point weekend (2G, 4A) earned him Easton Player of the Week accolades.

LAYING DOWN THE LAW: Following this weekend's games, the SPHL suspended center Corey Banfield for one game for his check on Rivermen defenseman Nick Wheeler. Banfield, 25, will miss Friday night's contest against Columbus.

RIVERKINGS IN THE KOMMUNITY: The RiverKings Canned Food Drive Night presented by Bott Radio Network and Colonial Hill Church raised over 180 items for the food pantry. 

TEEN NIGHT: The RiverKings will host their first Friday Night Teen Night of the season this weekend. Teenagers receive a red-level ticket, popcorn and a soda for $10 when they purchase tickets at the box office. For more information, check out www.riverkings.com/ticketdeals or call 662-342-1755.

SCOUT NIGHT: The RiverKings will honor local Boy Scout troops on Friday Night. The first 300 paying Scouts will receive a special Boy Scout Night patch from the RiverKings. To secure your patch, bring your troop as a group by calling the RiverKings front office at 662-342-1755. Group tickets start at $8.

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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 2:56 PM

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MAC x-Macon 56 33 16 7 73
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