RiverKings win first game vs. Mayhem, 4-1

MACON, Ga. – The Mississippi RiverKings (1-1-0) scored two goals late in the first period and single goals in the second and third period to defeat the Macon Mayhem (0-1-1), 4-1, Saturday night at the Macon Coliseum. It was the first head-to-head meeting between the teams in the Mayhem's first game as a franchise.

The game remained scoreless deep into the first period, until Ben Rubin scored his first goal as a member of the RiverKings. He received a pass from Michael Beaudry and finished off the play with 3:19 to play in the period for a 1-0 lead. Just about a minute later, Rubin found Reid Campbell in the slot and he fired home a shot for his first of the season and a 2-0 RiverKings lead with 2:26 left in the first.

The RiverKings took a three-goal lead halfway through the second period. Leo Thomas won a left circle offensive zone faceoff to Ryan Marcuz, who raced around the net for a wraparound try. David Jacobson made the save with his pad, but the rebound went to Thomas in the slot and he rifled in his first goal for a 3-0 lead. Macon got back within two as Mark McGowan scored on a transition play, beating Matt Grogan on a shot from the slot with 5:15 left in the second.

In the third, the RiverKings got their three-goal advantage back as Mark Pustin one-timed a a cross ice pass at the right circle for a power-play goal just 1:24 into the second. Devin Mantha and Dean Willmott got the assist on Pustin's first professional goal.

The Mississippi RiverKings are proud to be the longest, continually operating sports franchise in the Memphis area, as they begin their 24th season in 2015. Ticket packages for the 24th season of RiverKings hockey start at just $24.75 by calling 662-342-1755. The RiverKings are back home against the Peoria Rivermen on Tuesday, Nov. 3. For more information, check out riverkings.com.

About the Mississippi RiverKings

The RiverKings are supported by our community partners, season ticket holders, fans, and grants from the Maddox Foundation, an independent private foundation based in Hernando, Miss. To find out more about the RiverKings, call 662.342.1755 or visit www.riverkings.com.

Posted by Lukas Favale at 9:26 PM

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