SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- The Mississippi RiverKings (14-6-1) took the early lead, but fell behind and lost 4-3 to the Hunstville Havoc (15-4-1) at the Landers Center Friday.
A three on two gave the RiverKings the lead four minutes into the first on a centering pass from Cullen Bradshaw that went to Mike Moran who wristed the puck past Tyler Steel. The Havoc answered back with a goal on the power play, scoring on a shot from Jordan Wood to tie it back at one.
The second did not treat the RiverKings well as the Havoc netted two more goals. Christian Powers scored on another Havoc power play that Powers put in off a rebound that the RiverKings could not clear away from the slot. The third goal for the Havoc came after the RiverKings tried to send the puck in to the Havoc zone, but the linesman could not get his skate out of the way which sent the puck to a Havoc Player to create a two-on-one that Nowakowski buried past Peter Di Salvo.
Five minutes in to the third, the Havoc netted their final goal from Educate who grabbed a puck that ricocheted from a Sy Nutkevitch shot and put it past Di Salvo for what ended up being the game winning goal. The RiverKings pushed back scoring two straight to bring the game back to one.
A few switches of forwards gave the RiverKings new life and lead to the first goal in the third on a power play opportunity that Moran scored, his second of the night. A steal and pass to Dillan Fox created a two-on-one with Marcuz who would finish the opportunity and beat Tyler Steel. The RiverKings would make one last push with a five-on-four chance created after offsetting minors put both teams a man down but the RiverKings could not beat Steel one last time to force an overtime.
Tyler Steel (8-3-0) picks up his eighth win this season after stopping 54 shots from the RiverKings. The loss falls to Peter Di Salvo (7-2-0) who stopped 21 shots of the Havoc.
The RiverKings move on to the Knoxville Ice Bears for a game Tuesday with puck drop scheduled for 6:05 p.m. in Knoxville.
Peter Di Salvo makes a save in the RiverKings 4-3 loss to the Hunstville Havoc. The RiverKings next home game is Jan 6 against the Peoria Rivermen with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop. © Kori LaVire
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