SOUHTAVEN, Miss. – Devin Mantha netted two goals for the Mississippi RiverKings (24-17-2) in a 4-2 loss against the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (14-21-6) on Pink in the Rink, presented by ServiceMaster by Stratos on Saturday night at the Landers Center.
Early in the first, Ryan Marcuz and Brant Sherwood displayed a series of precision passes to find team captain Devin Mantha for a power play goal to put the RiverKings up 1-0. Roanoke answered with a goal from Mike Moroso, who edged the puck past Peter Di Salvo on a rebound.
At 3:45 into the second period, Roanoke’s Jackson Brewer dished a pass to the slot for forward Daniel Vernace to give the Rail Yard Dawgs a 2-1 lead. Mississippi and Roanoke shared two power play opportunities a piece in the period but failed to capitalize on the extra man advantage.
With a Massimo Lamacchia wrist shot, Roanoke advanced their lead 3-1 at 5:51 into the third period. Zach Tatrn and Mike Moroso were credited with the assists for Roanoke.
The RiverKings would not rest offensively. With just five minutes remaining, Devin Mantha tallied a shorthanded goal on a breakaway pass from Ryan Marcuz to put the game at 3-2. With a late power play opportunity for the RiverKings and a empty net, right wing Phil Bronner found a wide open net to give Roanoke the 4-2 victory in the final seconds of the game.
Peter Di Salvo (13-10-4) took the loss in the rematch diverting 39 of 43 shots. James Kruger (2-8-3) earned the victory by stopping 34 of 36 shots.
Team captain Devin Mantha nets two goals in the loss to the Rail Yard Dawgs 4-2 - © Kori LaVire
The Mississippi RiverKings travel to Macon, Georiga next weekend to take on the Mayhem for a two-game series. The RiverKings return to Landers Center on Saturday, March 11 to take on Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. For tickets and details, 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.