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Whitehead Extends Streak to 11 in 5-1 Victory

March 8, 2013 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Mississippi RiverKings News Release

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 ( and "follow" us on Twitter (

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