Game Day - RiverKings at Arizona
SOUTHAVEN, MS --- The Mississippi RiverKings of the Central Hockey League open a three-game series against the Arizona Sundogs tonight at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Game time for tonight's first-ever meeting between the RiverKings and Sundogs is at 8:05 PM Central.
Broadcast coverage tonight is on 87.7 FM WPGF "The Point," with pre-game coverage at 7:50 PM Central. Fans may also access coverage of tonight's game through the station web site at www.wmpsthepoint.com/ and through the CHL-TV webcasting service available from the team website at www.riverkings.com. Click on the Watch Live button to access the webcasting service.
AWAY GAME WATCH PARTY TONIGHT: This evening's game with the Arizona will be available to RiverKings fans at the Southaven Buffalo Wild Wings location on Airways Boulevard, just north of Goodman Road, starting at 8 PM. Friday's game from Arizona will also be available at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Last Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to Tulsa extended Mississippi's winless streak to four games (0-3-1), equaling the longest winless streak by the RiverKings this season. Mississippi was 0-2-2 between February 5th and 12th. Last season, the RiverKings were 0-5-2 between January 30th and February 13th, but also had a five-game winning streak last year between January 30th and January 29th. Mississippi also won six of its last seven to end the regular season prior to the playoffs. The RiverKings have not won more than two games in a row this entire season, having reached a two-game win skein on seven occasions this year.
TEAM NOTES: Mississippi continues to leads the Central Hockey League in penalty minutes with 1324...the RiverKings are tied with the Sundogs for the CHL lead in major penalties taken with 62...Mississippi leads the CHL in game misconduct penalties with 16....the RiverKings are tied for the league lead in match penalties at one...Mississippi's penalty minute per game average of 24.52 also leads the CHL...the RiverKings have not won on the road in its last five visits (0-3-2), a streak going back to January 16th.
3-Patrik Levesque...leads the RiverKings in goals scored on the road with ten.
5-Russell Smith...ranks third in the CHL (and leads all defensemen) for penalty minutes with 179...is tied for third in minor penalties with 47. smith recently ended a string of nine games earning at least one penalty (9 games, 64 PIMs), which is the fourth-longest streak for the entire season....Smith has taken the most penalty minutes on the roster in road games at 83.
9-Matt Boyd...is second among CHL rookies for shorthanded assists with two.
16-Louis Dumont...is tied for the league lead with Joey Sides of Arizona for the CHL lead in shorthanded goals with five.
19-Matt Summers...has scored seven power play goals away from home and has a league-leading 12 power play goals this year. Summers also has a team-leading two game-winning goals in road games this season.
20-R.G. Flath...has scored two empty-net goals of his five goals scored on the road this season.
26-Chris Auger...leads CHL rookies in shorthanded goals scored with three.
35-Larry Sterling...has earned the RiverKings only goaltender shutout this season, a 3-0 win at Missouri on January 14th.
40-Alexander Pechurskiy...has earned the most number of goaltender victories on the road this season at five.
44-Nathan Lutz...ranks third in power play assists in the CHL (and leads CHL defensemen) with 22...is tied for second in points by a CHL defenseman with 45...is second among CHL defensemen in assists with 35. Lutz leads the RiverKings in points on the road with 22 (6 goals, 16 assists).
55-Derek Landmesser...has the team's best plus-minus in away games at +3.
MISSISSIPPI VS. BERRY CONFERENCE: Mississippi is 7-12-3 this year against teams from the Berry Conference. Entering Wednesday night's game, the RiverKings have had the most success against Bossier-Shreveport, despite having a losing record (3-6-0). Mississippi has not won more than two games against any other opponent. Laredo is the only Berry Conference team the RiverKings have a winning record against (2-1-0).
MISSISSIPPI ON THE ROAD: The RiverKings' eight road victories this season is tied with Arizona for the fewest number of road wins by a CHL team this season. Mississippi has been outscored 103-71 in road games this year. In away games, the RiverKings are 6-2-2 when ahead after two periods, but 0-12-0 when trailing after forty minutes. Mississippi is 3-3-3 on the road in one-goal games and 3-6-1 when outshooting the opponents away from the DeSoto Civic Center. 27 of the team's 71 goals scored on the road have come in the third, while only 19 have come in the first period.
MISSISSIPPI VS. ARIZONA: Wednesday is the first ever meeting between the RiverKings and Sundogs, the first of three meetings between the teams in Prescott Valley this week. While Arizona's time in the Central Hockey League has been relatively brief, the RiverKings are one of three remaining franchises from the "rebirth" of the CHL in the 1992-93 season. Wichita and Tulsa are the other remaining franchises from the original group of teams in the CHL.
RIVERKINGS STATISTICAL LEADERS:
GOALS: Matt Summers (22)
ASSISTS: Nathan Lutz (35)
POINTS: Chris Richards (48)
PLUS-MINUS: Derek Landmesser (+10)
PENALTY MINUTES: Russell Smith (179)
POWER PLAY GOALS: Summers (12)
SHORTHANDED GOALS: Louis Dumont (5)
GAME-WINNING GOALS: R.G. Flath (4)
RIVERKINGS GOALTENDING LEADERS:
GAMES PLAYED: Alexander Pechurskiy, Larry Sterling (27)
MINUTES PLAYED: Sterling (1513)
WINS: Pechurskiy (12)
SHUTOUTS: Sterling (2)
GOALS-AGAINST-AVERAGE: Pechurskiy (2.82)
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Pechurskiy (.898)
RIVERKINGS SPECIAL TEAMS: The two-goal in eleven chance power play effort Saturday night against Tulsa marked the first time the RiverKings have scored two or more goals in a game since February 12th (a 4-3 overtime loss at Tulsa). Mississippi has scored power play goals in its last two games and for the season have a success rate of 16.1%. The RiverKings' perfection on the penalty kill Saturday night in eight Tulsa tries marked the first time in six games for opponents to be shut out on the power play. For the season, Mississippi is 83.8% on the PK.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES: Mississippi leads the CHL in shorthanded goals scored with 14. The RiverKings' power play record in away games is 14.1% (20-of-142) and its penalty kill performance in road contests is 79.6% (29-142). Mississippi has scored five shorthanded goals on the road and has allowed four "shorties" in away games.
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