RiverKings Winning Streak Extends to Five in 4-2 Victory

By: David Schmoll
March 16, 2013

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- David Wilson turned aside 40 shots and Matt Whitehead extended his point streak to 14 games as the Mississippi RiverKings (23-23-8) knocked off the Pensacola Ice Flyers (30-16-5) 4-2 in Pensacola.

The RiverKings wasted no time striking first. Matt Harrington picked up a Mike MacDonald rebound and beat Gerry Festa to put the 'Kings up 1-0 just 1:26 into the first period. The visitors added to their lead at the 12:16 mark when Chris Campanale's wrist shot beat Festa to put the 'Kings ahead 2-0 heading into the first intermission. 

In the second, the Ice Flyers cut the lead to one. Justin MacDonald beat David Wilson high, glove side 6:58 into the second period to cut the lead to 2-1. But the 'Kings answered. Tyler Sheldrake's shot from the point found the back of the net to put RiverKings ahead 3-1 going into the final period of regulation.

The Ice Flyers answered again in the third. Tyler Soehner ripped a slap shot on a five-on-three power play past Wilson to bring the Flyers within one with just over 15 minutes remaining. The RiverKings held onto the lead before Kevin Willer notched the empty-net goal with seconds remaining to give the 'Kings their fifth straight win.

David Wilson (9-10-4) stopped 40 of 42 shots against in the victory. Gerry Festa (8-7-3) turned away 20 of 23 shots against in the loss.

The RiverKings return to the Landers Center tomorrow afternoon as they battle the Mississippi Surge for the final time this season at 3:05 p.m. with all the action airing live on the America One Sports Network. For more information on all things RiverKings, “like” us on Facebook (facebook.com/mississippiriverkings) and “follow” us on Twitter (twitter.com/riverkings). 

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Posted by David Schmoll at 9:55 PM

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