Shorthanded goals propel RiverKings past Rivermen

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – The Mississippi RiverKings (17-15-2) scored two shorthanded goals and used that to get past the Peoria Rivermen (19-11-3), 4-2, at the Landers Center Saturday night. 

The RiverKings scored the first of their two shorthanded goals at 12:22 of the first period. Leo Thomas deflected a pass at the blue line in the defensive zone, then scooped up the puck and started a 2-on-1 with Paul Ciarelli. Thomas went down the left wing and elected to shoot instead of pass and he beat Dustin Carlson for a 1-0 lead.

Ciarelli would get involved in the scoring twice in the second to build a 3-0 lead for the RiverKings. On the first goal Joey Holka took a shot from the left circle, which Carlson got a glove on. The rebound popped in front and Ciarelli jammed it in for a 2-0 lead at 2:52 on his second goal of the season. He added his third goal of the year, and second of the game, at 15:39 on a similar play. Holka shot the puck from the right circle and again Ciarelli stashed in the rebound in the crease for a 3-0 lead.

Peoria changed momentum late in the second with a power-play goal by Jake Trask, his fourth power-play goal in five games against the RiverKings, with 57 seconds left in the period to cut the lead to 3-1. The Rivermen carried that momentum into the third and made it a one-goal margin at 8:02 when Jordan Sims potted a loose puck near the front of the net. A few minutes later Peoria would go on the power play with a chance to pull even. Just over a minute into the penalty kill the RiverKings started a 3-on-1 with Linden Bahm getting the puck to Bryon Paulazzo. He found Reid Campbell cutting down the left wing and he buried a shot from the circle for 4-2 lead.

Peter Di Salvo would make 10 saves in the third period to help preserve the win for Mississippi.

Notes: Reid Campbell's shorthanded goal in the third period was his first professional goal... Joey Holka also picked up his first professional point in his fifth pro game... The RiverKings have three shorthanded goals over the last five games after going the first 29 without scoring one.

The RiverKings are back home Tuesday, Jan. 27 for against the Columbus Cottonmouths for the second FaceOff FieldTrip of the season, starting at 10:35 a.m. They'll also be home Friday, Jan. 30 against the Pensacola Ice Flyers for Heroes Night presented by Delta Medical Center. The RiverKings honor our local police officers, firefighters, doctors and other real-life heroes during the game. 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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