Lone Goal Not Enough as RiverKings Fall 3-1 to Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Brantley Sherwood scored his twelfth goal of the season, but the RiverKings were bested by the Havoc 3-1 in Huntsville. 

After a scoreless first period, the middle frame exploded with offensive production for the Havoc who scored three goals in less than four minutes. At 7:05 of the second, Shawn Bates beat Tyler Green to open the scoring. With the goal, Bates notched his fourth goal of the season in as many games against the RiverKings. Shortly after giving up the lead, the RiverKings had nearly killed off a penalty, but with only three seconds left to go on the infraction Justin Fox beat Green glove side and increased the Havoc's lead to 2-0. Huntsville continued to pressure after their second goal, and only one minute and 24 seconds later, Tyler Piacentini took an outlet pass into a breakaway and slid it past Green for Huntsville's third goal of the night. 

The RiverKings clamped down in the third period despite some fireworks. Derek Perl moving up the right-wing board was crashed into by Bryan Arneson who drew a boarding call. The hit sparked the Havoc and RiverKings benches culminating in a fight between Pijus Rulevicius and Scott Trask. Bryan Arneson got ejected for his hit, and the RiverKings responded to losing their forward for the night. With almost five minutes left to go in the third period, Kristaps Bazevics threw a wrist-shot on net that caught some bodies out front. Sherwood hopped on the loose puck in the slot and beat goalie Mike DeLaVergne. Despite the late goal, the RiverKIngs couldn't mount the full comeback and fell to the Havoc, 3-1. 

The black and gold hit the ice on Saturday night against the Evansville Thunderbolts in Indiana. The RiverKings have the next four games on the road before returning to Planters Bank Ice at Landers Center on March 30. To get your ticket to Fresh Friday's Presented by Valpak, visit riverkings.com/fresh. Or to see all of the RiverKings special ticket packages the RiverKings have for their remaining four regular season games, visit riverkings.com/events. 

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Posted by Mississippi RiverKings at 10:23 PM

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