Streaking RiverKings Face Struggling Teams in a Three-in-Three

By: Will Wodka
January 20, 2013

Date Time Opponent Broadcast 
Thurs. January 237:05 p.m. vs. MS Surge (14-16-1) America One Sports Network 
Fri. January 247:05 p.m. @ Louisiana (17-12-3) Sports 56/87.7FM/America One Sports Network 
Sat. January 257:05 p.m. @ Pensacola (19-13-2) Sports 56/87.7FM/America One Sports Network 

WEEKEND RECAP: The Mississippi RiverKings added to their winning streak over the weekend with a pair of wins at home against Louisiana and Knoxville. The RiverKings welcomed the IceGators on Friday night, looking to get their first win of the season against the IceGators. Devin Mantha, on a breakaway, opened the scoring for the RiverKings in the first. In the second period, newcomer Phil Bronner added to the RiverKings lead with his first goal with the team, but the two-goal lead was short lived when Louisiana’s Tyler Lyon cut the deficit in half midway through the period. Before heading to the locker room, Bronner recorded his second goal in a RiverKings jersey to give the team a 3-1 lead. Louisiana pushed their way back to within one with a third-period goal, but the RiverKings held off the late push in a 3-2 win. In Saturday night’s action, the RiverKings faced-off against a slumping Knoxville team on the backend of a three-in-three. After a scoreless first period, an avalanche of goals began with Leo Thomas wristing a bad-angle shot over the shoulder of Bryan Hince. The RiverKings added another goal 33 seconds later when Matt Harrington jabbed a rebound home to go up by two. The Ice Bears came back quickly scoring two of their own three minutes apart and added a third to gain the lead before the horn sounded. In the third, a slapshot from the point by Ryan Hill found the back of the net for the RiverKings, tying it up at three. Regulation time proved no winner and with a power play in overtime, Bronner scored his third goal in two nights to give the RiverKings the 4-3 win against his former team.

STREAKING AT HOME: The RiverKings look for their fifth straight win at home on Thursday, which is the second longest current streak in the league. During the streak, the team has scored 18 goals, including three on the power play.

NOT MISSING A BEAT: The RiverKings offense has not faltered since loosing their top scorer, Todd Hosmer, to a call up with 11 goals in their last four games.

A WEAK SURGE: The Mississippi Surge head into town Thursday night winners of just two of their last five games. The Surge look for revenge against the RiverKings who have beaten them by a combined score of 7-3 in the last two meetings. The second best power play in the league has scored man-advantage goals in each of their last two games.

CRUCIAL FIRST PERIOD: The make or break period for the Surge has been the first period where they have outscored their opponents 30 to 28. The Surge hold a 9-1-1 record when ahead after 20 minutes, but are just 2-10-0 when trailing at the same point.

HEADING INTO THE SWAMP: The RiverKings travel to Louisiana to battle the IceGators for the second time in as many weeks. The IceGators continue to falter in the month of January and are losers of six of their last seven games. Through their struggles, they have maintained the league’s best power play unit who have scored a goal in each of their last two games.

CALL-UP BUG: The IceGators have been hit with a rash of call-ups to the ECHL and CHL respectively, losing Adam Stuart to Evansville and losing a top-scorer in Jason Cohen to the Denver Cutthroats.

HEADING EAST: The RiverKings travel to Pensacola on Saturday to take on the Ice Flyers. Pensacola has taken both games from the RiverKings this season and have scored 11 goals in those two games combined.

BATTLE FOR NUMBER 1: The Ice Flyers come into this weekend tied for first place with the RiverKings after suffering two straight losses to Huntsville. With the losses, the team fell to 5-5-0 in their last ten.

FAMILY 4 PACK: Bring the whole family to Thursday’s game and get a four pack of tickets, hot dogs and sodas for just $54.

TWO-DOLLAR THURSDAY: Don’t miss the first Two-Dollar Thursday of the season this week! Fans enjoy $2 off draft beer and $2 hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks.

AWAY GAME WATCH PARTY: Join RiverKings staff and fans at Old Style Barbeque, the official headquarters for all RiverKings away game watch parties, on Friday and Saturday night with all the action beginning at 7:05 p.m.

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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