SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Devin Mantha scored a pair of goals and Dillon Fox notched a goal and an assist as the Mississippi RiverKings (9-4-0) peppered the Knoxville Ice Bears' (8-3-1) for 50 shots in a 5-3 victory in Southaven on Saturday night.
Dillan Fox scored first after picking up his own rebound and roofing a shot over goalie Dylan Wells to put the RiverKings ahead 1-0. Chris Leone extended the lead in the first faking a shot from the high slot and then skating around to the left to beat Wells giving the RiverKings a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission.
The teams combined for six goals in the second. With Brian Billet replacing Wells to start the period for Knoxville, the RiverKings grew their lead to three on a Devin Mantha shot that beat the new Ice Bears' netminder 8:47 into the middle frame.
Kyle McNeil put Knoxville on the board with a wrist shot that beat Peter Di Salvo from Danny Cesarz to close the lead to two.
Two goals in the span of 18 seconds brough the RiverKings lead to four. Mantha put in a Ryan Marcuz rebound for his second of the night before Cullen Bradshaw wristed a shot from Higgins past Billett to give the RiverKings a 5-1 lead.
After the goal by Bradshaw, the Ice Bears got a four-minute power play and capitalized twice. Mark Pustin cut the Ice Bears' deficit to three before Andrew Banazza's third of the season slipped past Di Salvo and brought the RiverKings lead down to 5-3 and brought Brad Barone in for Di Salvo.
The RiverKings held the Ice Bears to five shots in the third period en route to their sixth win in five nights.
Peter Di Salvo notched the win in net for the RiverKings, stopping 13 of 16 shots in his 38 minutes of play. Barone stopped all five shots he faced in relief. For the Ice Bears, Brian Billett received the loss stopping 33 on 36 shots from the RiverKings. Dylan Wells stopped 12 of 14 shots.
The RiverKings head back to Pensacola Friday to take on the Ice Flyers at the Pensacola Civic Center with puck drop scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The RiverKings return to Southaven on Saturday, December 3 to complete the home-and-home series with Pensacola at 7:30 p.m.
Dillan Fox skates the puck into the Ice Bears' zone during the RiverKings' 5-3 win over the Ice Bears. The RiverKings take on the Ice Flyers this coming Friday and Saturday in a home and home series with the RiverKings returing to the Landers Center Saturday. © Kori LaVire
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