Game 7: Mississippi RiverKings (5-1-0) @ Pensacola Ice Flyers (3-2-0)
6:35 p.m. CST, Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida
The Mississippi RiverKings face the Pensacola Ice Flyers for their first matchup of the season. In the team's last visit to Pensacola, the RiverKings knocked the Ice Flyers out of the 2015 playoffs with a 2-1 victory.
Radio: ESPN Pensacola
Streaming: Pay-to-watch video on SPHL Live
Scouting the Ice Flyers
The Ice Flyers enter this week after splitting the last weekend's pair of games against Knoxville, falling in the final game 6-2 and dropping the team to 3-2-0 which places them fifth in the SPHL.
Pensacola boasts a roster rife with professional experience. Only Ryan Kesti and Mike Krieg entered the 2015-16 season without any professional experience. The team bolstered their veteran leadership group with the addition of former Peoria captain Cole Ruwe and Knoxville captain David Segal while bringing back returning forwards Nick McParland and Corey Banfield.
Currently leading the group are former RiverKings Joey Holka and Banfield, each with five points in the team's first five games. Adding to the scoring punch is forward Paul Rodrigues who returns to the team after spending the bulk of the 2014-15 season with the Greenville Road Warriors. Rodrigues has points in all three games he has appeared in (1G, 3A) including a two-point effort in the team's 5-2 victory on Friday, Nov. 6 against Knoxville.
Between the pipes, Matt Zenzola returns and is joined by former Rivermen netminder Eric Levine. Zenzola has appeared in every Ice Flyer game so far this season, compiling a 3-1-0 record, a 2.79 GAA and a 91.3 save percentage.
Last season, the RiverKings and Ice Flyers met ten times. The RiverKings held a 5-5-0 record, while Pensacola went 5-4-1. This year, the two teams will meet a total of eight times throughout the season.
- The RiverKings look to extend the league's longest winning streak of the year so far to six games.
- Goaltender Matt Grogan returns to the RiverKings from ECHL Orlando. Grogan currently leads the SPHL with a 1.98 goals against average.
- Three RiverKings find themselves at the top of the SPHL scoring leaders. Ryan Marcuz (3G, 4A) and Devin Mantha (6A) Charlie Mosey (6A) sit tied for first and tied for second respectively. Mantha and Mosey are currently tied with Columbus' Andy Bathgate for the league-lead in assists.
- Devin Mantha leads the SPHL in power play assists with three.