RiverKings Weekly Report - Oct. 27, 2014 - Vol. 23 Ed. 2

weekly schedule

The Coach's Show


Oct. 27

7 p.m. 

Maria's cantina 

Sports 56/87.7 FM

Game 3 at Knoxville


Nov. 1

6:35 p.m. 

Knoxville Civic Coliseum 

Sports  56/87.7 FM

Game 4 vs. Huntsville


Nov. 2

3:05 p.m. 

Landers Center 

SPHL Live 


  • The RiverKings play their first road game of the season Saturday in Knoxville at 6:35 p.m.
  • Be sure to pick up a copy of The DeSoto Appeal for a coupon for four free red-level tickets to the RiverKings game against Huntsville Nov. 2.
  • Former RiverKings goalie Scott Darling made his NHL Debut Sunday, earning a 2-1 win for the Chicago Blackhawks.


Mixing the old with the new

The RiverKings began this season with a roster comprised mainly of returning players. Out of 18 players on the roster (16 skaters and 2 goalies) the team had 11 returning skaters. Both goaltenders are new this season and the RiverKings added five new skaters.

In the season opener, the two RiverKings goals were created by a mixture of returners and new faces. Burke Gallimore, who had 14 points in 17 games with the RiverKings in 2013-14, scored the first goal of the season, set up by new defenseman Dylan Quaile. Quaile was with CHL-Brampton for portions of last season.

The second goal was scored on a breakaway by Matt Whitehead, who received a break-out pass from Cody Dion. Whitehead is the longest tenured player on the roster, having been with the team since the 2011-12 season. Dion is in his first season with the RiverKings after being acquired in a trade with Knoxville over the summer.

A Darling story

Former RiverKings netminder Scott Darling made SPHL history over the weekend by becoming the first former SPHL player to appear in an NHL game. Darling made 32 saves in his NHL debut for the Chicago Blackhawks, earning his first NHL victory, 2-1, over the Ottawa Senators.

Darling was the RiverKings goaltender in 2011-12, appearing in 35 games. He posted a 15-17-1 record with Mississippi, with a 2.92 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. The only current player on the RiverKings who was a teammate with Darling that season is Matt Whitehead.

Game 1: RiverKings edged in season opener by Ice Flyers

The Mississippi RiverKings allowed three goals in the second period and fell to the Pensacola Ice Flyers, 3-2, in the season opener at the Landers Center Friday. The RiverKings took a 1-0 lead just 4:45 into the first period as Burke Gallimore fired home a one-timer from between the circles.

The Ice Flyers grabbed momentum in the second period by tying the game just 2:46 into the period, with Steve Bergin stashing home a rebound. Adam Pawlick scored a power-play goal at 11:28 to give Pensacola their first lead, 2-1. Just over a minute later, Matt Whitehead scored his first of the season to tie the game 2-2. Pawlick responded with his second goal of the game to put Pensacola ahead, 3-2, with 3:46 remaining in the second.

Adam Courchaine made the start in goal, giving up three goals on 29 shots as the RiverKings were outshot 29-20. The RiverKings were 0-for-7 on the power-play, although two were cut short because of penalties.

Game 2: Ice Bears use four-unanswered goals to upend RiverKings

The Knoxville Ice Bears scored twice in the second and twice in the third to beat the RiverKings, 5-1, Saturday night at the Landers Center. Ryan Salvis led all scorers with four points (2g, 2a) for the Ice Bears.

Salvis scored the game's first goal 9:12 into the first period, scoring a shorthanded breakaway goal on Peter Di Salvo for a 1-0 Ice Bears lead. With 3:52 remaining in the frame, Leo Thomas tied the game, scoring on a breakaway of his own by flipping a backhand shot over Braely Torris.

Salvis gave Knoxville the lead for good just 3:55 into the second period. David Segal doubled the lead at 5:28 of the second, making it 3-1 after two periods. The Ice Bears put the game out of reach late in the third, with Eric Satim and Francis Drolet scoring two goals in 2:02 for a 5-1 lead.


RiverKings at Knoxville - Saturday Nov. 1 - 6:35 p.m.

The RiverKings take to the road for the first time in the regular season when they visit the Knoxville Ice Bears Saturday night. It is the home opener for Knoxville after the Ice Bears won twice on the road in Week 1. 

Scoring ten goals combined through their first two games the Ice Bears have the two top scorers in the league through the first weekend. Ryan Salvis (2g, 4a) and Eric Satim (2g, 4a) both have six points in two games. Salvis had four points (2g, 2a) Saturday against the RiverKings, while Satim had three points (1g, 2a). Two other Ice Bears have three points in two games; Berkley Scott (1g, 2a) and Francis Drolet (2g, 1a) are tied with five other players for third in the league in scoring.

Both goaltenders got a start last weekend, with Bryan Hince starting the season opener and Braely Torris getting the nod against the RiverKings Saturday. Hince turned aside 29 shots in a 5-4 win over Columbus and Torris stopped 20 of 21 shots to beat the RiverKings.

RiverKings vs. Huntsville - Sunday Nov. 2 - 3:05 p.m.

The RiverKings make a quick transition back home for a Sunday afternoon tilt with the Huntsville Havoc at the Landers Center. The Havoc come to town following their home opener against Louisiana this Saturday. Huntsville has one complete game played, a 3-1 loss in Peoria Friday. Their Saturday night game was postponed in the second period after a serious injury to Huntsville forward Justin Cseter. Peoria was ahead 2-1 at the time the game was postponed.

Jordan Foreman had the only goal in Huntsville's first game Friday night. Eric Alexander, who scored against the RiverKings in the exhibition game in Huntsville Oct. 18, scored Saturday, but because the game is suspended the league stats don't reflect that goal yet. 

In net Jesse Kallechy was the opening night starter, taking the loss while allowing three goals on 30 shots. Kevin Genoe was the starter in the game Saturday night and had allowed two goals on 16 shots before the game was suspended near the halfway point of the second period.

Posted by Lukas Favale at 10:38 AM

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PEO y-Peoria 56 38 13 5 81
MAC x-Macon 56 33 16 7 73
PEN x-Pensacola 56 33 16 7 73
HUN x-Huntsville 56 30 16 10 70
KNX x-Knoxville 56 30 20 6 66
EVV x-Evansville 56 27 20 9 63
MRK x-RiverKings 56 29 25 2 60
RKE x-Roanoke 56 26 26 4 56
BIR Birmingham 56 22 28 6 50
FAY Fayetteville 56 12 38 6 30
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Updated: April 8, 2018

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