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RiverKings Weekly Report - Nov. 24, 2014 - Vol. 23 Ed. 6

WEEKLY SCHEDULE


Event  Day  Date  Time  Location  Broadcast 
Game 9 vs. Louisiana (FOFT)  Tue.  Nov. 25  10:35 a.m.  Landers Center  SPHL Live 
Game 10 at Louisiana  Wed.  Nov. 26  7:05 p.m.  Cajundome  Sports 56/87.7 FM 
Game 11 at Columbus  Fri.  Nov. 28  6:30 p.m.  Columbus Civic Center  Sports 56/87.7 FM 
Game 12 vs. Columbus  Sat.  Nov. 29  7:05 p.m.  Landers Center  SPHL Live 

NEED TO KNOW

  • The RiverKings have points in their last four home games (3-0-1).
  • Tuesday is the first of two Face Off Field Trips at the Landers Center where the RiverKings put together a day based around education for local schools. Season ticket holders coming to the game should reserve seats in a suite ASAP at riverkings.com/RSVP or by calling 662-342-1755.
  • With four games in five days this is the busiest week for the RiverKings so far this season.

TRANSACTIONS


11/21/14 Linden Bahm (RW) ADD Signed contract 
11/18/14 Burke Gallimore (RW) DEL Retired 

WEEK IN REVIEW

Bountiful Scoring

With the RiverKings defeating the IceGators Friday, 7-2, there were plenty of scorers getting on the scoresheet for the RiverKings. 13 out of 16 skaters recorded at least one point, a new season high.

There were five multi-point games for the RiverKings. Matt Whitehead led the way with three points (2g, 1a) while Paul Ciarelli, Justin Gvora, Leo Thomas and Andrew Randazzo had two points apiece. 

There were also three players registering their first professional points: Ciarelli, Matt Wray and Linden Bahm.

While Mike Grace was one of the three players without a point, he still made an impact. He had a game-high plus-4 rating.

Home Cooking

Since losing their first two home games of the year Oct. 24-25 the RiverKings have points in their last four games at the Landers Center. They have improved to 3-2-1 at home this season in six games. Only Pensacola (7) has played more home games than the RiverKings.

In the first two home games the RiverKings were outscored 8-3. In the last four games the RiverKings have outscored their four opponents 19-10. The RiverKings have two more home games in November. 

Game 8: RiverKings clamp down on IceGators in 7-2 win

Because of travel issues for the IceGators, Friday's game was delayed over an hour and a half, but by the time the night was over it was worth the wait as the RiverKings rolled the IceGators, 7-2, Nov. 21 at the Landers Center. Just 26 seconds into the first period Matt Harrington spun a shot past Marco De Filippo for a 1-0 lead. The IceGators tied the game at one a few minutes later, but just seconds after that Matt Whitehead put the RiverKings back up 2-1. Bryon Paulazzo added a goal minutes later to make it 3-1 and chase De Filippo from the game.

In the second the RiverKings extended the lead again. Paul Ciarelli ripped a shot past Andrew Flemming for his first professional goal and a 4-1 lead. Justin Gvora and Whitehead added tallies later in the period and the score was 6-2 entering the third. Gvora finished the scoring with his second goal of the game with under four minutes to play, giving the RiverKings a 7-2 win. Ciarelli, Matt Wray and Linden Bahm each picked up their first pro points in the game.

Peter Di Salvo made 35 saves to earn his third consecutive victory. The RiverKings have points in their last four home games (3-0-1). Both teams went 0-for-2 on the power play.

THE WEEK AHEAD

RiverKings vs. Louisiana - Tuesday Nov. 25 (10:35 a.m.) and Wednesday Nov. 26 (7:05 p.m.)

The RiverKings play a home-and-home series with the Louisiana IceGators Tuesday and Wednesday. First the teams square off Tuesday morning at the Landers Center as part of the RiverKings Face Off Field Trip. The teams then play at the Cajundome in Louisiana Wednesday night. It will be the second and third consecutive games between the teams, after the RiverKings beat the IceGators, 7-2, Friday.

The IceGators are 5-5-0 in 10 games this season. With 10 points they are in fourth place in the SPHL, three points ahead of the RiverKings, although the RiverKings have two games in hand. Like the RiverKings their only game last week was the one at the Landers Center Friday.

Jeremy Boyer leads the IceGators with 10 points (4g, 6a) in 10 games. Benjamin Rubin is second with nine points (2g, 7a), but both players were held off the scoresheet Friday against the RiverKings. Chris Wilson (3g, 4a) and Adam Stuart (3g, 4a) are tied with seven points each. 

In goal Marco De Filippo has appeared in seven games and he has a 4-3-0 record. He has a 2.60 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. He allowed three goals on six shots against the RiverKings before being replaced Friday night. Andrew Flemming is 1-2-0 in four games. He has a 3.41 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. He allowed the final four goals against the RiverKings Friday, stopping 33 shots in the process.

RiverKings vs. Columbus - Friday Nov. 28 (6:30 p.m.) and Saturday Nov. 29 (7:05 p.m.)

The RiverKings play their second home-and-home series of the week Friday and Saturday against the Columbus Cottonmouths. The RiverKings will be in Columbus Friday before returning to the Landers Center Saturday night. This will be the second and third time out of five that the teams faceoff. The RiverKings won, 5-2, Nov. 14 at the Landers Center.

The Cottonmouths are 2-7-0 this season, but they have won their last two games after an 0-7-0 start. Like the RiverKings, the Cottonmouths have games Tuesday and Wednesday. They host Fayetteville Tuesday and are in Pensacola Wednesday before the two games against the RiverKings.

Matt Gingera leads the team with seven points (6g, 1a) in seven games. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime in their first win of the season last week. He also has three of the four power-play goals for Columbus. Neilsson Arcibal is second with six points (2g, 4a) and five players have three points. 

In net Andrew Loewen has appeared in six games, posting a 1-5-0 record with a 3.02 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. Shannon Szabados has started three games and is 1-2-0 with a 4.27 goals-against average and .879 save percentage. She started the first game against the RiverKings and lost, allowing five goals. She earned her first win Nov. 21 when the Cottonmouths won 5-4 in overtime against Fayetteville.

Posted by Lukas Favale at 3:00 PM

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