Whitehead Extends Streak to 11 in RiverKings Win

By: David Schmoll
March 8, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The Mississippi RiverKings (20-23-8) picked up goals from five different players as they knocked off the reeling Columbus Cottonmouths (24-22-4) in Columbus 5-1 on Friday night.

The Snakes jumped on the 'Kings first. Matt Gingera tallied his team-leading 24th goal of the year as Columbus took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The 'Kings responded with three unanswered goals in the second. Mike MacDonald redirected a Tyler Sheldrake shot from the blueline past Ian Vigier to tie the game at one midway through the second. Late in the period, the 'Kings capitalized on a pair of power plays. Darrell Stoddard one-touched a Tom Craig pass past Ian Vigier to put the visitors ahead by one with under three minutes left. Then, Craig scored a goal of his own two minutes later as he redirected a Kevin Willer pass over Vigier to put the 'Kings ahead 3-1 after two.

In the third, the 'Kings extended their lead. Matt Whitehead pushed his point-streak to 11 games with his goal 14:48 into the final frame. Whitehead added an assist as he fed Matt Harrington on a breakaway to give the RiverKings the 5-1 victory.

Matt Krahn (12-13-4) stopped 24 of 25 shots against in the victory. Ian Vigier (8-15-3) turned aside 27 of 32 in the loss.

The RiverKings hit the ice tomorrow night in Huntsville against the Havoc. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. with all the action airing live on Sports 56, 87.7FM and 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). 

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 David Schmoll at 9:30 PM


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