SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- Led by Matt Harrington's three-point performance, the Mississippi RiverKings (32-20-3) defeated the Peoria Rivermen (31-13-11) 3-2 in front of 3,132 on Friday night at the Landers Center in Southaven.
In the first period, the RiverKings jumped out to a 2-0 lead. In Mississippi's first goal, Matt Harrington dished a pass to forward Corey Tyrell for a backhanded goal. Matt Harrington found a wide open net from a pass behind the net from Derek Sutliffe to advance the RiverKings lead to 2-0.
With 9:32 on the clock in second period, Joe Sova notched a slap shot goal from the far right circle on a power play to give the RiverKings a 3-0 lead. Four minutes later, Eric Witzel of Peoria would pot a goal to cut the RiverKings lead to 3-1.
Late in the third period, Rivermen forward Witzel ushered his second of the game on rebound goal to pull Peoria within 3-2. However, it would not be enough for a comeback.
Peter Di Salvo (12-5-1) earned the win by diverting 21 of 23 shots, while Peoria goalie Tyler Parks (8-3-4) took the loss by stopping 24 of 27 shots.
Matt Harrington notches three points in the 3-2 victory over the Peoria Rivermen. - © Kori LaVire
The RiverKings travel to Peoria for a rematch against the Rivermen tomorrow night at 7:05. In tonight's victory, Mississippi clinched the fifth seed in the SPHL playoffs. For playoff tickets and details,call 662-342-1755 or visit RiverKings.com.
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