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RiverKings Weekly Report - Dec. 22, 2014 - Vol. 23 Ed. 10

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Event  Day  Date  Time  Location  Broadcast Info 
Coach's Show  Mon.  Dec. 22  7:00 p.m.  Maria's Cantina  87.7 FM 
Game 20 vs. Huntsville  Tue.  Dec. 23  7:05 p.m.  Landers Center  SPHL Live 
Game 21 vs. Louisiana  Fri.  Dec. 26  7:05 p.m.  Landers Center  SPHL Live 
Game 22 vs. Louisiana Sat. Dec. 27 7:05 p.m. Cajundome Sports 56/87.7 FM 

NEED TO KNOW

  • The RiverKings are now over a third of the way through the season, passing that mark last week.
  • The RiverKings will hold a "Festivus" celebration during their game Tuesday night against the Huntsville Havoc. It will include "Airing of Grievances" and "Feats of Strength." Fans can buy one ticket and get one free if wearing a tacky sweater to the game.
  • For Canada Appreciation Night on Friday, fans wearing a Canadian sports jersey get over 50% off on red, gold and blue-level tickets and those with a Canadian passport get a free red-level ticket.
  • With it's loss to Louisiana Saturday, Mississippi started a stretch where they play the IceGators in six out of eight games from Dec. 20-Jan. 7.

TRANSACTIONS

12/21/14  Dominic Bianchi (G)  DEL Removed as emergency goaltender 
12/19/14 Michael McCann (RW) DEL Waived 
12/19/14 Dan Delisle (LW) ADD Signed contract 
12/18/14 Dominic Bianchi (G) ADD Added as emergency goaltender

WEEK IN REVIEW

Game 18: Four-goal third period sends RiverKings past Ice Bears, 5-3

The RiverKings scored four goals in the third period, including three unanswered in the first five minutes of the period, to rally past the Knoxville Ice Bears, 5-3, Dec. 18 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. It was the first win in five tries for the RiverKings against Knoxville and in the process Mississippi became just the second team to beat the Ice Bears this season.

The RiverKings got on the board first late in the opening period. Matt Whitehead intercepted a clearing pass from the Ice Bears and centered for Matt Harrington, who lifted a backhand shot past Bryan Hince with 2:42 left in the period. The Ice Bears changed momentum in the second period. After the RiverKings Daniel Sobotka came up short on a penalty shot the Ice Bears scored twice in less than two minutes to grab a 2-1 lead.

The see-saw battle continued in the third as the RiverKings scored three goals in the first five minutes to go up 4-2. First Devin Mantha tipped an Andrew Randazzo shot for a power-play goal just 53 seconds in, which tied the game at two. A few minutes later Whitehead scored off a cross-ice pass by Leo Thomas then just 37 seconds later Harrington finished a RiverKings counterattack with a snap shot from the high slot for the two-goal lead. The Ice Bears pulled within one on their second power-play goal, but Dan Delisle added an empty-net goal to seal the win for Adam Courchaine and the RiverKings.

Game 19: IceGators squeeze past RiverKings

The Louisiana IceGators struck for three third-period goals to jump past the RiverKings, 4-2, Dec. 20 at the Cajundome. It evened the season series between the teams at two wins each, with seven more matchups still to play.

Mississippi raced out of the gates to grab a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the game. Right after the opening faceoff Leo Thomas was sprung on a breakaway down the right wing and he beat Marco De Filippo as he cut towards the front of the net. From there both De Filippo and Adam Courchaine made strong saves on both ends and the RiverKings entered the intermission up by a goal.

The IceGators pulled even at 7:28 of the second period. With the RiverKings on the power-play Chris Wilson forced a turnover and skated in for a breakaway for Louisiana. He was hooked by Andrew Randazzo and drew a penalty shot, which he converted to tie the game at one.

In the third Tyler Klein put the IceGators up 2-1 when he escaped down the left wing and squirted one through Courchaine. Adam Stuart made it a two-goal lead with a 4-on-4 goal at 12:12, but Devin Mantha immediately answered for the RiverKings just 22 seconds later, getting Mississippi back within one. Matt Viola finished things off with an empty-net goal as the IceGators held off the RiverKings for a 4-2 win.

THE WEEK AHEAD

RiverKings vs. Havoc - Tuesday, Dec. 23 - 7:05 p.m.

The RiverKings open a three-game week with their second Tuesday home game of the season when they host the Huntsville Havoc at 7:05 p.m. It's the third match of the season between the teams, with both sides winning once. The RiverKings won, 5-3, Nov. 2 at the Landers Center and lost, 2-1, Nov. 10 in Huntsville. They play eight times in total this season.

With a 3-11-3 record the Havoc have 9 points and are in last place in the SPHL, five points behind the RiverKings. Huntsville has lost 11 straight games (0-8-3) since Nov. 15 after starting the season 3-3-0. They lost two one-goal games to Peoria last weekend. After facing the RiverKings Tuesday the Havoc have two home games with pensacola Friday and Saturday.

The Havoc have shaken up their roster over the last week, making three trades in an attempt to spark the lowest scoring offense in the SPHL at 2.24 goals per game. First they acquiring three players in a trade with the Pensacola Ice Flyers Dec. 17, picking up Drew Akins, Mitchell Good and Mark Anthonie in exchange for Nick Lazorko. Lazorko was the team's leading scorer with 15 points (7g, 8a), but that title now belongs to Akins with 12 points (3g, 9a). In two games with Huntsville, Akins has one goal. Good, who had 10 points (6g, 4a) with Pensacola did not report to Huntsville and was traded to Knoxville for defenseman Joe Tolles. Mike Gurtler, who was second on the team with 11 points (4g, 7a) was traded to Peoria for Gabriel Levesque.

In net Jesse Kallechy and Kevin Genoe have seen action for the Havoc. Kallechy has 10 appearances and a 1-7-1 record, along with a 3.05 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. Genoe has eight appearances and a 2-4-2 record along with a 3.01 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. As a team the Havoc are seventh in goals against per game, allowing 3.24 goals per game.

RiverKings vs. IceGators - Friday, Dec. 26 | Saturday, Dec. 27 - 7:05 p.m.

The RiverKings continue their stretch of six out of eight games against the Louisiana IceGators with a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday, starting at the Landers Center. It will be the fifth and sixth matches of the season between the teams out of 11 total that they will play. Both teams have two wins, one at home and one on the road.

The IceGators snapped their string of four straight overtime game, in which they went 2-2, by beating the RiverKings, 4-2, Dec. 20. The IceGators face the Ice Flyers Tuesday before the home-and-home series with the RiverKings after Christmas.

Adam Stuart is riding a seven-game scoring streak, which includes five multi-point performances and has him tops on the team with 22 points (9g, 13a). During his seven-game point streak, Stuart has 14 points (6g, 8a) including the game-winning goal against the RiverKings Dec. 20. Two players, Benjamin Rubin (3g, 11a) and Chris Wilson (6g, 8a) are tied with 14 points. Wilson had a goal and assist against the RiverKings Saturday, including a goal on a penalty shot. 

Rookies Marco De Filippo and Andrew Flemming have seen significant time in net for the IceGators. De Filippo is 8-3-1 in 12 appearances, posting a 2.65 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. He's made two starts against the RiverKings and is 1-1, allowing three goals on six shots before being replaced Nov. 21 and then stopping 27 of 29 in Saturday's win. Flemming has started two games against the RiverKings, going 1-1 and in eight games this season he is 3-3-1 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

Posted by Lukas Favale at 10:29 AM

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TEAM GP W L OT PTS
PEO Peoria 16 11 4 1 23
PEN Pensacola 14 10 4 0 20
MRK RiverKings 15 10 5 0 20
EVV Evansville 16 9 5 2 20
HUN Huntsville 14 8 4 2 18
MAC Macon 16 7 5 4 18
KNX Knoxville 14 7 6 1 15
FAY Fayetteville 18 5 9 4 14
RKE Roanoke 15 5 8 2 12
BIR Birmingham 12 3 8 1 7
 
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Updated: December 9, 2017