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RiverKings Weekly Report - Nov. 23, 2015 - Vol. 24 Ed. 5

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Event  Day  Date  Time  Location  Broadcast Info 
Game 10 vs. Huntsville Tues. Nov. 24 7:05 p.m. Concorde Career College Ice @ Landers Center SPHL Live/RiverKings.com
Game 11 @ Knoxville  Fri. Nov. 27 6:35 p.m. Knoxville Civic Coliseum SPHL Live
Game 12 vs. Knoxville Sat.Nov. 287:05 p.m.Concorde Career College Ice @ Landers CenterSPHL Live/RiverKings.com

TRANSACTIONS

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NEED TO KNOW

  • The RiverKings continued with their strong start to the season with a 4-3 win over Knoxville Friday night. The team has won seven of their last eight games.
  • Brad Pawlowski's second-period power play goal was the first goal the RiverKings' penalty kill had allowed at home all season (have killed 22 of 23).
  • Devin Mantha remains in the top three in the SPHL in scoring with 11 points (3G, 8A) and is tied for the assist lead with Knoxville's Trevor Hertz.
  • Two of the top five goaltenders in terms of goals against average are RiverKings. Matt Grogan (3-0-0, 1.99 GAA, .922 SV%) leads the league in that category, while Peter Di Salvo (4-2-0, 2.34 GAA, .930 SV%) is fifth. In save percentage, the standings are reversed, with Di Salvo leading and Grogan in fifth.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Game 10: Three-goal third lifts RiverKings over Knoxville

The Mississippi RiverKings rallied from behind to erase a two-goal deficit to knock off the Knoxville Ice Bears 4-3 on Friday, November 20.

After Brett Peppler and Brad Pawlowski gave Knoxville a two-goal lead heading into the late minutes of the second period, the RiverKings began their uphill climb. Ryan Marcuz gave the home team momentum going into the locker room as he redirected Mike Grace shot past Ice Bears' netminder Braely Torris with just 34 seconds left in the second.

In the third, the RiverKings tallied goals from Charlie Mosey, Devin Mantha and Ben Rubin over a six-minute span to take a two-goal lead of their own with just under seven minutes remaining in regulation. Trevor Hertz cut the RiverKings' lead to one with 2:24 left in regulation, but Peter Di Salvo and the RiverKings defense held on for the 4-3 win, giving the team their seventh win in eight games.

THE WEEK AHEAD

RiverKings vs. Havoc - Tuesday, November 24, 7:05 p.m. - Concorde Career College Ice @ Landers Center

The RiverKings face their closest geographic rival for the first time this season with the RiverKings looking to distance themselves from the rest of the pack in the SPHL. 

Huntsville comes into tomorrow's match up with 10 points, good for fifth place in the SPHL, after splitting a weekend series against Pensacola. The loss on Friday night snapped a three-game winning streak that saw the Havoc outscore opponents 12-5.

The Havoc are led offensively by veteran forward Brett Lutes (3G, 5A, +4) and rookie winger Dave Williams (1G, 6A, +5). Kevin Genoe (5-3-0, 2.47 GAA, .915 SV%) has seen the bulk of the action between the pipes this season, having played in eight of the Havoc's 10 games this season. Backup netminder Jordan Ruby (1-1-0, 2.00 GAA, .909 SV%) is in his first professional season.

RiverKings @ Ice Bears - Friday, November 27, 6:35 p.m. - Knoxville Civic Coliseum
RiverKings vs. Ice Bears - Saturday, November 28, 7:05 p.m. - Concorde Career College Ice @ Landers Center

The RiverKings and Ice Bears meet for the second and third time in eight days when they clash for a home and home series Friday and Saturday nights.

Before facing the RiverKings on Friday, Knoxville heads to Columbus to take on the Cottonmouths. Knoxville is currently in the midst of a stretch where they play 15 games in 30 days.

Posted by David Schmoll at 10:19 AM

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Standings

TEAM GP W L OT PTS
PEO Peoria 40 27 10 3 57
PEN Pensacola 37 24 9 4 52
MAC Macon 39 23 11 5 51
HUN Huntsville 41 23 13 5 51
KNX Knoxville 40 22 14 4 48
EVV Evansville 42 19 17 6 44
MRK RiverKings 39 19 18 2 40
RKE Roanoke 40 18 19 3 39
BIR Birmingham 41 15 21 5 35
FAY Fayetteville 41 10 25 6 26
 
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Updated: February 18, 2017