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Late goal lifts Macon past RiverKings

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Brant Sherwood and Dillan Fox shared a goal and assist a piece in the second period, but the Mississippi RiverKings (21-14-2) fell to the second-place Macon Mayhem (21-6-5) 4-3 on Tuesday night.

The Mayhem wasted no time in the first period by jumping out to 1-0 lead. Macon defenseman Daniel Echeverri tallied a goal from the point that sputtered through legs of goalie Peter Di Salvo on the power play.

The RiverKings fought back in the second to break Macon’s lead. 13:02 into play, Dillan Fox wristed a shot that Brantley Sherwood deflected past Macon’s Jordan Ruby’s glove to tie the game on a power play. Just two minutes later, Dillan Fox pushed the puck into the net with assists from Brant Sherwood and Ryan Marcuz to give the team a 2-1 lead.

The one goal lead would not last long. 13:48 minutes into the third period, Macon center Stephen Pierog took advantage of a miscue in the RiverKings zone and sent a shot past Di Salvo to tie the game 2-2. Later in the period, Mayhem defenseman Marc Thompson whizzed a shot past Di Salvo, through traffic, from the blueline to give Macon the 3-2 lead.

Later in the period, the RiverKings capitalized on power play to tie the game with a shot from the slot by Mike Moran. Yet, Macon’s offense would not go away. In the final minutes of the game, Mayhem's Jake Tresk inched a goal past RiverKings goalie Peter Di Salvo to ensure the victory.

Jordan Ruby (11-3-2) earned the win by diverting 26 of 29 shots for the Macon Mayhem, while RiverKings goalie Peter Di Salvo (8-3-0) took the loss by stopping 25 of 29 shots.


Brant Sherwood tallies an assist and a goal in the RiverKings 4-3 loss to the Macon Mayhem - © Kori LaVire

The RiverKings travel to Evansville for a game on Friday at 7:15 p.m. The RiverKings return home for a President's Day matinee against the Columbus Cottonmouths at 3:00. For details and ticket information, visit RiverKings.com or call 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 10:12 PM

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TEAM GP W L OT PTS
x MAC Macon 56 37 13 6 80
x FAY Fayetteville 56 36 17 3 75
x PEO Peoria 56 32 13 11 75
x HUN Huntsville 56 34 16 6 74
x MRK RiverKings 56 32 21 3 67
x KNX Knoxville 56 29 20 7 65
x PEN Pensacola 56 27 21 8 62
x COL Columbus 56 22 30 4 48
RKE Roanoke 56 17 30 9 43
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