RiverKings Winning Streak Snapped at Five

Pensacola, Fla. - The Mississippi RiverKings (5-2-0) had a one-goal lead late in the third period, but the Pensacola Ice Flyers (4-2-0) scored twice late in the game to take the first matchup between the two teams in the season 3-2.

After a scoreless first period, the teams traded opportunities in the second. Pensacola found the back of the net just 27 seconds into the middle frame when Joey Holka found the back of the net, lifting the puck over goaltender Peter Di Salvo to give the Ice Flyers a 1-0 lead. But the RiverKings responded minutes later. Mark Pustin rifled a shot from the slot past Matt Zenzola to tie the game at one. Then, with Sam Higgins in the box for the RiverKings for high sticking, Devin Mantha took a Matt Harrington pass and beat Zenzola on a breakaway to give the RiverKings a 2-1 lead with 5:24 left in the second.

Tempers began flaring late in the second period. RiverKings' captain Leo Thomas was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for spearing with under four minutes remaining in the second and the Ice Flyers' Cole Ruwe took two minutes for roughing. Then, just over two minutes into the third, Ben Rubin and David Segal dropped the gloves in Rubin's first fight of the year.

Pensacola put the pressure on late in the third. After the Ice Flyers killed off two penalties early in the period, they found the back of the net with 5:51 left in the third. Cole Ruwe took a Matt Larke blasted it past Di Salvo from the blueline to tie the game at two. Then, with Corey Bellamy in the box for roughing, Adam Pawlick took a pass down low and found the back of the net to give the Ice Flyers the 3-2 victory.

Peter Di Salvo (3-2-0) took the loss after stopping 28 of 31 shots against. Matt Zenzola (4-1-0) turned aside 26 of 28 shots against in the win. The RiverKings were held scoreless on four power plays, while the Ice Flyers went 1-3 with the man-advantage.

The RiverKings return to the ice Friday night to take on the Macon Mayhem. Catch all the action live from Old Style Bar-B-Q in Olive Branch, the Office Away Game Watch Party Headquarters of the RiverKings.

The RiverKings are back on Concorde Career College Ice at the Landers Center next on Friday, November 20 for 80s Night presented by Citizen's National Bank. All fans born in the 80s with a valid ID get half off all tickets and all fans in their 80s get in free. The MVP Non-Profit is the North Mississippi Trail Alliance. Mention NMTA at the box office and $2 of your ticket purchase benefits the organization. For more information on the game, visit www.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 David Schmoll at 8:58 PM


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PEO Peoria 40 27 10 3 57
PEN Pensacola 37 24 9 4 52
MAC Macon 39 23 11 5 51
HUN Huntsville 41 23 13 5 51
KNX Knoxville 40 22 14 4 48
EVV Evansville 42 19 17 6 44
MRK RiverKings 39 19 18 2 40
RKE Roanoke 40 18 19 3 39
BIR Birmingham 41 15 21 5 35
FAY Fayetteville 41 10 25 6 26
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Updated: February 18, 2017