RiverKings Ready For Back-To-Back Mudbugs
The Mississippi RiverKings play a pair of games this weekend, with both games seeing the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs on the other side of the ice.
Mississippi travels to Bossier-Shreveport for a Friday, December 11th encounter, and then will return home to face the Mudbugs again on Southaven ice on Saturday, December 12th at 7:05 PM.
This will be games five and six of the season series between the Central Hockey League Northern Conference rivals.
Bossier-Shreveport leads the season series between the teams 3-1-0 for six points, while the RiverKings are 1-2-1 against the Mudbugs for three points.
RIVERKINGS VS. BOSSIER-SHREVEPORT
Ryan Campbell has four assists in games against Bossier-Shreveport to lead the RiverKings in points against the Mudbugs this season.
Ryan Held and the now-departed Cam Severson each have two goals against Bossier-Shreveport. Three current RiverKings have ten or more penalty minutes this season against the Mudbugs, led by Adam Smyth with 19. The others are Darrell Stoddard (17), and David Simoes (10).
Kevin Jarman has the best shooting percentage against Bossier-Shreveport (1 goal, 6 shots) at.167.
Ray Jean has been the deciding goaltender in all four RiverKings games against the Mudbugs this season (1-2-1).
On the power play, the RiverKings are 4-of-24 against Bossier-Shreveport (16.7%). Half of the team's eight goals scored have come in the third period and the team's 151 shots against the Mudbugs are nearly equally divided in thirds (51-51-49).
RiverKings 4, Missouri 2 (Sunday, December 6th, 2009)
RiverKings' forward Kevin Cooper scored two power play goals, including the game-winner with just over ten seconds remaining in the game. Adam Smyth and Bobby Chaumont added goals for the RiverKings. Louis Dumont, fresh off a four-goal night against Colorado on Friday, December 4th, provided three assists for the RiverKings. Kevin Beech, starting his first game in goal since coming off the injured reserve, stopped 18 of 20 Missouri shots for his first victory of the season (1-0-0). Both teams scored twice on the power play and Mississippi outshot Missouri by a 33-20 margin.
RIVERKINGS PLAYER NOTES
1-Kevin Beech: Won his first start in goal for the RiverKings on Sunday against Missouri with an 18-save, two-goal performance. Was activated from goaltender injured reserve before Friday's game against Colorado and backed up Ray Jean in the contest.
2-Adam Smyth: Leads the team in penalty minutes with 78, putting him fifth in the CHL for PIMS. Scored single goals in both games last weekend, his first two goals scored of the year.
3-David Simoes: Picked up five minutes in penalty time against Colorado on Friday. Third in the CHL for majors by a defenseman with seven. Simoes' five minor penalties on November 3rd against Texas is a league season-high.
7-Dane Marshall: Assisted on solo goals in both games last weekend.
8-Nathan Schwartzbauer: Plus-one for the weekend, no points, three shots on goal Sunday vs. Missouri.
12-Kevin Cooper: Picked up five points last weekend, with three assists on Friday against Colorado and his two power play goals on Sunday against Missouri.
14-Kevin Jarman: No points for the weekend, two penalty minutes in the Missouri game Sunday.
16-Louis Dumont: Tied for the team lead in points with 23. Leads the team in assists with 14. Dumont's four goals against Colorado Friday is a league season-high.
18-Ryan Held: Tied for the team lead in points with 23. Leads the team in goals scored with 14. Tied for the team lead in power play goals scored with four and leads the RiverKings in shorthanded goals scored with two. Also leads the team in shots on goal with 81 and shooting percentage (.173). At the league level, Held enters the week tied for second in goals scored, is tied for third in shorthanded goals and is third in shots on goal.
19-Matt Summers: Earned solo assists in each of the weekend games.
21-Bobby Chaumont: Leads the RiverKings in game-winning goals scored with four, putting him in a tie for the league lead in that category.
24-Andrew Lackner: Helped on two goals in Friday's 6-3 win over Colorado.
25-Matt Pierce: Has the team's best plus-minus standing at +8.
27-Steve Makway: One assist for the weekend on Friday against Colorado, plus-2 and five shots on goal. Fourth in assists by a defenseman in the CHL with 13.
30-Ray Jean: Ranks third in games played in the CHL this season with 16, is third in minutes played (928), and is sixth in the league for victories with eight. Ranks fourth in the league for saves with 417.
37-Ryan Campbell: Tied for the team lead in power play goals scored with four.
55-Derek Landmesser: Assisted on Kevin Cooper's first goal of Sunday's victory over Missouri.
RIVERKINGS TEAM NOTES
When scoring the first goal, Mississippi is 8-2-2 for the season.
The RiverKings are 2-0 in games decided in a shootout, but 0-2 in contests determined in overtime.
Against the CHL Northern Conference, Mississippi has a 7-8-2 record, but is 4-1-0 against the Southern Conference.
The RiverKings average 3.14 goals scored per game and allows an average of 3.09 goals per contest.
Mississippi averages 21.45 penalty minutes a game, including four game misconducts.
The RiverKings are 5-0-1 when leading after two periods, but are 1-8-0 when trailing after forty minutes.
Mississippi has a 7-5-1 record when outshooting opponents.
The RiverKings are just 3-3-2 in one-goal games, but have won five of six (5-1-0) in games decided by two goals.
Mississippi is 3-0-0 when leading after two periods at home, but are winless (0-4-0) when behind after forty minutes on home ice.
The RiverKings have not led a game on the road after one period this year.
Mississippi has not lost in regulation time at home in its last five games, dating back to November 13th.
The RiverKings' six major penalties against Missouri on November 21st is a league season-high.
SPECIAL TEAMS UPDATE
Mississippi enters the week ranked eighth in the CHL on the power play at 15.4% (22-of-143).
The RiverKings start this week also ranked eighth in the CHL on the penalty kill at 83.2% (21-of-125).
Mississippi has scored five shorthanded goals this season, but has allowed only one shorthanded tally.
RIVERKINGS UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, December 18th vs. Rapid City (7:05 PM Start)
Fifth meeting of the season for Mississippi against Rapid City, but just the first in the Mid-South. The RiverKings record against the Rush this season is 1-2-1. Ryan Held and Matt Pierce each have three points against the Rush this season, with Held and Matt Summers each scoring two goals in the Black Hills. Pierce has three assists. Ray Jean is 1-2-0 in net for the RiverKings against the Rush. Rapid City returns to Mississippi on January 26th and 28th. The January 26th contest is the annual Face Off Field Trip contest, starting at 10:05 AM.
Sunday, December 20th at Rio Grande Valley (6:05 PM Start)
Only meeting of the season between the RiverKings and Killer Bees. Last season, Mississippi swept the two-game season series, winning 4-1 in Rio and 4-3 in Southaven.
Tuesday, December 22nd at Corpus Christi (7:05 PM Start)
Only meeting of the season between the RiverKings and IceRays. Last year, Corpus Christi won two out of three from Mississippi, all three coming on the south Texas coast and all in November.
DUMONT EXPLODES FOR FOUR
Veteran Louis Dumont scored a four-goal hat-trick against the Colorado Eagles last Friday night in the RiverKings' 6-3 victory. Dumont scored a natural hat-trick, netting the last four goals of the game. Two of the goals were on the power play and the last one was an empty-net tally. It's was Dumont's first-ever CHL hat-trick.
All four goals were scored in the third period, a feat Darrell Stoddard last accomplished against Wichita in a 9-2 victory on February 2rd of last season. Stoddard's performance was the team's only hat-trick all season long.
Prior to Stoddard's performance last season, no CHL player had scored four goals in a period in five years before last season.
Mississippi now has three hat-tricks for this season, one each from Ryan Campbell, Bobby Chaumont, and now Dumont.
Dumont added three assists in Sunday's game against Missouri for a seven-point weekend.
BIG WEEKEND FOR COOPER
New RiverKings forward Kevin Cooper totaled five points last weekend, assisting on three of Louis Dumont's four goals, then adding his two power play goals in Sunday's victory, including the clinched late in the third period.
Cooper came to the RiverKings as part of a trade with the Texas Brahmas for future considerations on November 25th. Cooper had one assist in five games with Texas.
His pro hockey background also includes the two previous seasons with Bossier-Shreveport, where he scored 43 goals and had 46 assists with the Mudbugs in 93 appearances.
BEECH WINS FIRST START BACK FROM IR
Last year's CHL Goaltender of the Year, Kevin Beech saw his first action of the season Sunday for the RiverKings against the Missouri Mavericks. Beech stopped 18 of 20 shots in the RiverKings 4-2 victory over the Mavericks.
Kevin was activated from the goaltender injured reserve list before Friday's contest against Colorado and served as backup to Ray Jean.
Beech has been on the injured reserve list since the start of the season.
To make room for last year's CHL goaltender of the year, the RiverKings placed goaltender Ian Keserich on the injured reserve list.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY?
Offensive performances from Louis Dumont and Kevin Cooper vaulted them to the top of the scoresheet for the RiverKings in the last five games. Dumont leads Mississippi is points with five goals and nine points over the past five appearances. Cooper is second on that list with five points (two goals, three assists) in the five-game span.
Matt Pierce tops the team in plus-minus over the last five games at +3.
Adam Smyth has taken 25 penalty minutes in the team's last five encounters.
Dumont and Cooper each have scored two power play goals and Ryan Held has notched a shorthanded goal.
Two of Dumont's goals have been game-winners and Cooper has the other one.
In two of the five games, Ryan Campbell has scored the first goal of the contest.
Dumont and Held each have unassisted goals.
All three RiverKings goaltenders have been the winning goalie in one of the three victories. Kevin Beech has the lower goals-against-average (2.00) and Ian Keserich has the better save percentage (.930).
2-Adam Smyth: 2 goals, 2 points last two games, 20 PIMS last three games.
7-Dane Marshall: 2 assists, 2 points last two games.
12-Kevin Cooper: 5 points last two games.
16-Louis Dumont: 7 points last two games.
19-Matt Summers: 2 assists, 2 points last two games.
37-Ryan Campbell: 6 PIMS last two games.
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