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Olivieri's Hat Trick sinks RiverKings in Peoria

PEORIA, Ill. – The Mississippi RiverKings (20-13-2) opened the weekend road trip with a loss to the Peoria Rivermen (18-6-7) by the score of 4-2 Friday night at the Peoria Civic Center.

Peoria opened the scoring with Garrett Vermeersch crashing the net at 9:21 of the first period. Mike Moran evened the game with a power play goal nine minutes later. Cullen Bradshaw and Joe Sova recorded assists on the marker. The game remained tied 1-1 after the first period.

Donald Olivieri broke the tie 8:04 into the second period with a blast from the right point. Ryan Marcuz used a screen by Brant Sherwood to score the RiverKings’ second power play goal, tying the game 2-2 halfway through the period. Olivieri scored again on a one-timer from the blue line at 17:09. Peoria took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.

A power play goal by Olivieri at 4:11 of the third period gave him a hat trick, extending the Rivermen lead to 4-2. Mississippi played with an extra attacker for over a minute but were unable to score again. Peoria earned their fourth win over Mississippi in seven games this season.

Brad Barone (12-9-2) stopped 21 of 25 shots faced in the loss. Peoria goaltender Storm Phaneuf (2-3-0) made 31 saves in the victory.

Mississippi concludes the weekend set in Peoria on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Fans are invited to watch the game at Old Style Bar-B-Q in Olive Branch or at SPHLLive.com.

The RiverKings come back home on February 7 to host the Macon Mayhem for Singles Night. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or the Landers Center box office.

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 9:26 PM

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TEAM GP W L OT PTS
x MAC Macon 50 33 11 6 72
x FAY Fayetteville 50 34 14 2 70
x HUN Huntsville 52 32 15 5 69
x PEO Peoria 51 28 12 11 67
x MRK RiverKings 51 28 20 3 59
x KNX Knoxville 51 26 18 7 59
x PEN Pensacola 51 24 19 8 56
COL Columbus 50 20 26 4 44
RKE Roanoke 51 16 27 8 40
EVV Evansville 51 13 29 9 35
 
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