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Three-goal third period gives RiverKings 3-1 win

LAFAYETTE, LA -- The Mississippi RiverKings rallied with three goals in the third period to beat the Louisiana IceGators, 3-1, Wednesday night at the Cajundome in Louisiana. It was the first time the RiverKings overcame a deficit when trailing after the second period, improving to 1-4-0 in such situations.

After a scoreless first period the IceGators struck late in the second period. With Matt Whitehead in the penalty box the IceGators converted on the power play. Jeremy Boyer poked in a rebound past RiverKings goalie Peter Di Salvo with 1:45 to play in the second for the game's first goal. Kirk Byczynski and Shawn McNeil got the assists. 

The RiverKings finally got on the board over halfway through the third period and it came just moments after a successful penalty kill. Leo Thomas, who was in the box, was released just as the puck came in front of the penalty box. He nudged it to Matt Harrington, who streaked in on a breakaway and beat Andrew Flemming over his glove to even the score at one with 6:58 left. Just 1:23 later, Thomas gave the RiverKings their first lead. He started the play by forcing a takeaway in the RiverKings defensive zone with a big hit. He took the puck through the neutral zone and at the left circle he cut to the middle and shot one past Flemming.

The RiverKings survived an IceGators power play late in the third and then Whitehead, who turned 30 today, sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 27 seconds left. 

Di Salvo won his fourth straight start, improving to 4-1-0 by making 22 saves.

Notes: This is the first time in 2014-15 that the RiverKings overcame a third period deficit. It's also the first time the IceGators lost when leading after two periods, falling to 6-1-0... The RiverKings are off for Thanksgiving then play a home and home series with the Columbus Cottonmouths, who have won four straight games, starting Friday in Columbus. 

The RiverKings are back home at the Landers Center this Saturday, November 29 for Mustache Awareness Night. Tickets start as low as $5 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com/riverkings. Groups of 15 or more get discounts on tickets and should call the RiverKings front office at 662-342-1755. The RiverKings are home December 5 for "Pack the House" for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Tickets are discounted $5 and groups get an additional $2 off. Contact the RiverKings front office for more information.

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.

Posted by Lukas Favale at 9:59 PM

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Updated: December 12, 2017