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RiverKings Secure Home Ice For Playoffs First Round

March 19, 2010 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Mississippi RiverKings News Release

SOUTHAVEN, MS --- Glenn Detulleo's three-goal hat-trick and Elias Godoy's shorthanded goal in the third period helped the Mississippi RiverKings defeat the Tulsa Oilers 6-4 in Central Hockey League action Friday night, March 19th at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven.

With the victory, the RiverKings clinched fourth place in the CHL Northern Conference standings and will have home ice advantage in the first round best-of-three series with Missouri, starting Monday night in suburban Kansas City.

Mississippi never trailed in the first period, but found them tied after twenty minutes. Both RiverKings' goals came from Detulleo, the first coming at 2:40 of the period from Tyler Doherty and Matt Summers for a 1-0 lead.

Troy Riddle tied it up for Tulsa, but Detulleo answered at 11:39 of the first period on assists again from Doherty and Summers for a 2-1 lead.

Then, Riddle tied it up again on his second goal of the night with 42 seconds remaining in the first period for a 2-2 tie at the first intermission.

The Oilers took a one-goal lead early in the second period on Travis Banga's fourth goal of the year at 2:46, but the RiverKings answered to tie it up again, this time on an unassisted tally from Ken Davis, who scored at 8:35 of the middle period for a 3-3 at the second intermission.

Godoy's game-winning heroics came with Darrell Stoddard in the penalty box, when Godoy scored his 13th goal of the season, unassisted at 8:04 of the third period for a 4-3 lead. The RiverKings would add a goal from Ryan Held and Detulleo's third goal of the night, which was an empty-net tally with 53 seconds left in the contest for a 6-3 lead.

Riddle put one more into the net with three seconds left in the game for the final 6-4 score. Each team had just one power play chance and neither team scored with the man advantage.

Mississippi goaltender Kyle McNulty (10-15-1) won his fourth straight game at the crease for the RiverKings with a 20-save performance. Tulsa net minder Marty Magers (3-12-4) took the loss for the Oilers, stopping 42 shots, but allowing five goals.

The RiverKings also set a season high for shots on goal with 48 and equaled a season high for shots taken in one period with 22. With the victory, Mississippi moves its regular season record to 32-24-7, while Tulsa fell to 28-28-7. The RiverKings have won five of its last six decisions. Mississippi ends the regular season tomorrow night against Tulsa at the DeSoto Civic Center, starting at 7:05 PM.

The RiverKings will open the first round best-of-three series at Missouri on Monday night at 7:05 PM. The series will then return to Mississippi for games two Wednesday evening at 7:05 PM and, if needed, the decisive contest will come next Thursday night, March 25, again at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven.

Playoff packages and single-game playoff tickets are now available. For RiverKings ticket information, call 662-342-1755 or go online to www.riverkings.com.

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