RiverKings win streak ends in Louisiana

LAFAYETTE, La. – The Louisiana IceGators (21-16-7) scored a goal in each period and Marco De Fillipo stopped 26 shots to beat the Mississippi RiverKings (25-16-2), 3-0, Thursday night at the Cajundome. The loss halted the RiverKings winning streak at nine games.

Louisiana took the lead seven minutes into the first period when Bret Peppler tapped in a pass at the right post. Tyler Klein took the initial shot from the slot, which went wide left, but Shawn McNeil was there behind the net to send it to Peppler, who finished it off for a 1-0 lead.

The IceGators took a two-goal lead early in the second period. Adam Stuart skated around the net into the left corner, then sent a pass in front and Chris Wilson deflected it past Peter Di Salvo for a 2-0 lead at 2:23.

The RiverKings hit two posts in the second and pressed in the third, firing 13 shots on goal, but De Fillipo stopped all of them. He robbed Andrew Randazzo on what was a wide open net by going from post-to-post and also stopped several other opportunities in the crease. Jake Hauwswirth added an empty-net goal with one minute to play for a 3-0 final.

Notes: The RiverKings nine-game winning streak was tied for the fourth longest in franchise history… Peter Di Salvo’s shutout streak ended after 184:45… The RiverKings were held without a power play the entire game for the first time this season.

The RiverKings are back home Tuesday, Mar. 3 against the Huntsville Havoc for the Bieber Birthday Bash. Fans with a March birthday, like Justin Bieber, will get a free red-level ticket at the Box Office. Because of Bieber's modeling career the team is holding a new underwear and sock drive to benefit the Memphis Union Mission. Fans who bring a new, sealed pack of underwear or socks will save $3 on their tickets at the Box Office. Single-game tickets can be purchased at riverkings.com/ticketmaster and groups of 15 or more get a discount, with group tickets starting at $8 per ticket, by calling the front office at 662-342-1755.

About the Mississippi RiverKings

The Mississippi RiverKings are supported by their community partners, season ticket holders, fans, and by program-related investments of 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.

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PEO Peoria 41 28 10 3 59
PEN Pensacola 39 26 9 4 56
MAC Macon 40 24 11 5 53
HUN Huntsville 42 23 14 5 51
KNX Knoxville 41 22 15 4 48
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Updated: February 23, 2017