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RiverKings Weekly Report - Mar. 24, 2015 - Vol. 23 Ed. 23

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Event  Day  Date  Time  Location  Broadcast Info 
Game 55 vs. Peoria  Fri.  Mar. 27  7:05 p.m.  Landers Center SPHL Live 
Game 56 vs. Peoria  Sat.  Mar. 28  7:05 p.m.  Landers Center  SPHL Live

TRANSACTIONS

3/22/15 Justin Gvora (C) DEL Placed on 30-day IR 
3/22/15 Reid Campbell (D) DEL Placed on 30-day IR 
3/22/15 Matt Beer (RW)  ADD Signed contract 
3/21/15  Dylan Quaile (D)  ADD Returned from loan to Fort Wayne (ECHL)
3/20/15 Dan Delisle (LW) DEL Waived 

NEED TO KNOW

  • The RiverKings finish the regular season with two home games against the Peoria Rivermen Friday and Saturday night at the Landers Center.
  • The RiverKings are in a race for third place in the SPHL standings and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They have a two point lead over the Pensacola Ice Flyers, who have a game in hand on the RiverKings.
  • Saturday night 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.
  • The RiverKings have introduced a "March to the President's Cup" mini plan for March. Plans are for two, three or four RiverKings home games and will save money on walkup prices. Visit riverkings.com/miniplans for more information.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Game 52: RiverKings rally comes up short vs. Rivermen

In a tale of three totally different periods the Peoria Rivermen edged the RiverKings, 3-2, Friday, March 20 at the Landers Center.

After an even first period, which ended up scoreless, the Rivermen dominated the second to grab a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes. The scoring started when Dan Bremner escaped and got behind the defense down the left wing. He cut across the crease and tucked a backhand past Adam Courchaine for a 1-0 Peoria lead at 4:06. Matt Summers made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 11:58 as he scored on a spin-o-rama in the slot. Garrett Vermeersch finished the second-period scoring with a breakaway goal with 11.9 seconds to go in the frame.

The RiverKings attempted a comeback in the third. Leo Thomas started it with a 5-on-3 power-play goal 2:38 into the third as he fired a shot in from the slot on a pass from Linden Bahm. Then at 9:33 Paul Ciarelli dug a loose puck near the crease and slid it past Kyle Rank to make it 3-2. The RiverKings outshot Peoria, 16-4, in the third, but their comeback fell just short.

Game 53: Rivermen win back-and-forth game over RiverKings

The Peoria Rivermen did just enough to edge the RiverKings, 4-2, in a see-saw battle at the Landers Center Saturday, March 21, sending the RiverKings to their second straight loss.

After another scoreless first period between the teams the Rivermen started the scoring 2:51 into the second period when Cole Ruwe put a backhand shot from the slot past Peter Di Salvo. The RiverKings answered a few minutes later with a shorthanded goal from Devin Mantha, as he finished a 2-on-1 with Matt Harrington. 65 seconds later Dylan Quaile wound up with a puck in front with nobody around him and he buried a backhand to give the RiverKings a 2-1 lead. Peoria evened the game against with 26 seconds to go in the second as Steve Morra got loose in front to tie the game at two.

The Rivermen then went back ahead, 3-2, when Morra slammed a one-timer from the slot 1:36 into the third period. At 14:16 Dan Bremner was able to get loose in front to cut across the crease and out wait Di Salvo to beat him with a backhand shot for a 4-2 Peoria lead. That would end up as the final score.
  

Game 54: RiverKings break slump, beat Havoc 4-2

Matt Beer scored his first professional goal and Dylan Quaile had his second three-point game of the season as the RiverKings snapped their two-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Huntsville Havoc Sunday, March 22. 

The RiverKings needed to overcome two, one-goal deficits to defeat the Havoc. Huntsville took a 1-0 lead 10:07 into the first period when Luke Greiner snapped a shot through traffic from the right circle. The RiverKings tied the game late in the first period when Beer received a pass from Quaile following a Havoc turnover and he buried it in the crease for a 1-1 tie at 18:07.

The Havoc went up 2-1 just 27 seconds into the second period as Ray Ortiz scored on a rebound after Dave Williams was stopped on a partial breakaway by Courchaine. Just over two minutes later Paul Ciarelli scored on a wraparound to tie the game at 2:48. Then at 12:02 of the second Mike Grace scored his first goal of the season on a shot from the left point, as Ryan Marcuz provided a screen in front of Kevin Genoe. The RiverKings capped the scoring in the third when Matt Whitehead scored on a rebound at 11:33, giving the RiverKings a 4-2 win.

THE WEEK AHEAD

RiverKings vs. Rivermen - Friday, March 27 & Saturday, March 28, 7:05 p.m. - Landers Center
Promo: Saturday, March 28: 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. Fans in attendance will have the chance to win other prizes throughout the night as well. Belhaven University's warmup jerseys will be auctioned off immediately following the game to benefit the RiverKings ReachOut Fund. The silent auction for regular season jerseys will finish during the second intermission.

The RiverKings continue their race for home-ice advantage as they finish the regular season with a pair of home games against the Peoria Rivermen. The games will be the 10th and 11th matches of the season series between the teams and the fifth and sixth head-to-head in March. The Rivermen won both games at the Landers Center and have a slight edge in the season series because of that, winning five out of nine matches. Last week was the first time that either team won back-to-back games in the series.

The Rivermen are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games, after beating the RiverKings twice last weekend. They are 35-16-3 and have 73 points, which puts them in first place in the SPHL. They are still battling for first place though, as Columbus is just four points back and have a game in hand on Peoria. The Rivermen need one win this weekend to clinch the regular season championship. They are 19-8-1 at home and 16-8-2 on the road.

Josh Harris lead the Rivermen in scoring with 46 points (21g, 25a) and four game-winning goals in 54 games. He is one of two players with more than 20 goals for Peoria and he is tied with Jake Trask for the team lead in goals. Garrett Vermeersch (18g, 22a) is second on the team with 40 points and Alex Hudson (13g, 26a) is third with 39 points. Hudson missed last weekend's trip to Mississippi with an injury. Vermeersch leads the team with 17 power-play points (7g, 10a) and Hudson has a team-best plus-20 rating, which is fifth in the SPHL. Dan Bremner, who three points last weekend was suspended by the SPHL for two games for his hit on the RiverKings Justin Gvora March 21.

In net Kyle Rank is closing in on tying the SPHL record for wins, which stands at 28. Rank has appeared in 41 games, which is second most in the league this season, and he is 26-11-2 with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage. He is 4-2-0 against the RiverKings with a 1.51 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage. Since joining Peoria, backup Dustin Carlson has appeared in seven games and he is 5-2-0 with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.

Posted by Lukas Favale at 5:00 PM

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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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