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RiverKings win another close one

December 3, 2006 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Mississippi RiverKings News Release

SOUTHAVEN --- The Memphis RiverKings won their fourth consecutive one-goal game and went three-for-three on the power play in a 4-3 shoot-out win over the Youngstown Steelhounds Sunday evening at the DeSoto Civic Center. With the win, the RiverKings took four points from the Steelhounds over the weekend and have a three point lead on them for first in the Northeast Division. The RiverKings' next game is on the road at Wichita Friday night at 7:05.

Youngstown started the game fast as Jeff Christian put his team on the board 46 seconds into the game. Rick Kozak answered with his first RiverKings goal, cashing in on a pin-point centering feed from the corner courtesy of Ryan Campbell. The goal occurred at 17:12 of the first and was the first of the three power play goals. Former RiverKing Stephen Margeson put the Steelhounds back up by one with a goal in the final minute of the first period to make it a 2-1 game after one period of play.

The RiverKings dominated the second period, out-shooting Youngstown 12-4 and outscoring them 2-0. Phil Aucoin scored his third of the season four minutes into the period on a slap shot from atop the right circle to tie the game. Assists on Aucoin's marker came from d-men Derek Landmesser and Steve Makway. Louis Dumont then delivered on a creative individual play at 15:03 to give the RiverKings their first lead. Dumont's seventh goal of the season started when grabbed a loose puck on the left half wall, took it low to the goal line extended, evaded a defender, stepped out into the circle and beat Youngstown goalie Brad Roberts down low.

While the second period belonged to Memphis, the third period saw Youngstown claim a 19-3 shots advantage. Those offensive chances eventually led to a Tab Lardner goal with a minute-49 remaining that tied the game at three. The score would remain knotted up at three through the rest of regulation and the five minute overtime session.

In the shoot-out, Jason Sessa and Derek Landmesser converted in the first two rounds and, as it turned out, Sessa's would be the only one the RiverKings would need thanks to four big stops by victorious goalie Larry Sterling.

The RiverKings improved to 12-3-2 with Sterling upping his record to 11-2-2. The RiverKings power play wasn't the only side of their special teams that was perfect. The penalty kill unit was also excellent, going a flawless four-for-four.

Following Friday's game at Wichita, the RiverKings will be back home to host the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs on Saturday at 7:05. The first 1,500 fans that night will get a Travis Banga mini bobblehead sponsored by Cellular South.


RiverKings tickets make great Christmas gifts. Flex Plan packages start at only $88 for 8 Red Level Coupons that can be used for any home game. Ticket Gift Certificates are also available.

Call 662-342-1755 for more information.

Don't miss the next Kevin McClelland Show on Tuesday, December 5 LIVE from Beef O' Brady's in Southaven from 6-7 on Sports 56 WHBQ.

RiverKings Single-Game Tickets for all 2006-2007 home games are on sale now at the DeSoto Civic Center box office and at all TicketMaster locations.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: Friday, December 1 --- 730 ESPN/RiverKings Knit Hats to first 1,500 fans; Sunday, December 3 --- Post Game Skate With Players; Saturday, December 9 --- Cellular South Travis Banga Mini Bobbleheads to the first 1,500 fans; Teddy Bear Toss; Friday, December 15 --- Mercury Printing Team Poster to first 1,500 fans; Saturday, December 16 --- CW-30 Mr Potato Head to first 1,500 fans; Tuesday, December 19 --- WMC TV Channel 5 CheerStix to first 1,500 fans

After every RiverKings home game, the party heads to the new Buffalo Wild Wings on Airways in Southaven, the official Post Game Hang-Out of the RiverKings.

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