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Black and Gold Take Down Marksmen 5-4, for Back-to-Back Wins

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Dillan Fox and Ryan Marcuz netted a pair of goals apiece and the RiverKings took down the Marksmen 5-4, for their second win in two nights, 5-4.

Unlike the battle with the Marksmen on Friday night, the RiverKings jumped on the board first, midway through the first period. Ryan Marcuz found the back of the net at the 6:41 mark of the first period to take the RiverKings up 1-0. The score would remain that way through the remainder of the period and immediately out of the gate in the second; the RiverKings doubled their lead. Dillan Fox positioned himself in the high slot and expertly redirected a wrist-shot from Kristaps Bazevics that beat Fayetteville goalie Matt Leon, only 26 seconds into the middle frame.

Fayetteville cut the lead in half shortly over six minutes later when former RiverKing Jamie Hill turned around and wristed a shot over Tyler Green's shoulder making the game 2-1 in favor of the RiverKings. The two-goal lead was regained quickly when Vytal Cote fired a rocket from the point that sailed through traffic and bested Leon for the 3-1 RiverKings lead. 

Making it interesting the Marksmen came charging back scoring two unanswered off the sticks of Tommy Fiorentino and Jake Hauswirth to tie the game at three goals apiece. Mississippi and Ryan Marcuz battled back late in the second period. Marcuz and Fox's tic-tac-toe passing opened the net, and Marcuz buried his second of the night to regain the lead for the RiverKings 4-3. Fox wasn't done there; he ended his four-point night with a goal of his own with less than five minutes to go in the second period, increasing the lead 5-3. 

Out of the locker room in the third period, Fayetteville chipped back at the RiverKings lead with a mid-period goal from Paul Russell. The team's third goal on the power-play brought the hometeam Marksmen within one, but the RiverKings defense and goaltending fought off several late onslaughts including one right at the buzzer to take the victory, 5-4. 

The RiverKings finish up the road portion of their regular season on Tuesday with a battle against the Ice Flyers in Florida. After that, the team returns home to Planters Bank Ice at Landers Center for their remaining four games. To get your tickets to any upcoming RiverKings game or event, visit riverkings.com/events or call the front offices at 662-342-1755. 

About the Mississippi RiverKings 
The RiverKings are supported by our community partners, season ticket holders, fans, and grants from Maddox Foundation, an independent private foundation based in Hernando, Miss. To find out more about the RiverKings, call 662-342-1755 or visit RiverKings.com.

 

Posted by Mississippi RiverKings at 8:02 PM

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Standings

TEAM GP W L OT PTS
PEO y-Peoria 56 38 13 5 81
MAC x-Macon 56 33 16 7 73
PEN x-Pensacola 56 33 16 7 73
HUN x-Huntsville 56 30 16 10 70
KNX x-Knoxville 56 30 20 6 66
EVV x-Evansville 56 27 20 9 63
MRK x-RiverKings 56 29 25 2 60
RKE x-Roanoke 56 26 26 4 56
BIR Birmingham 56 22 28 6 50
FAY Fayetteville 56 12 38 6 30
 
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Updated: April 8, 2018

x-Clinched Playoff Berth
y-Clinched Regular Season Title