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.