ROANOKE, Va. -- The Mississippi RiverKings (16-9-2) fell in their first ever game versus the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (7-13-4) by the score of 3-1 on Thursday at the Berglund Center.
The teams skated through a scoreless first period. Brant Sherwood opened the scoring at 10:47 of the second with a wrist shot over the glove of Ryan de Melo, giving Mississippi a 1-0 lead.
Roanoke tied the game with a tic-tac-toe power play goal at 13:07 scored by Phil Bronner, his first as a Rail Yard Dawg. Mike Moroso gave the Dawgs the lead after being set up for a one-timer by Tyler Gjurich at 14:50 of the period. Roanoke held the 2-1 advantage going into the third period.
Mississippi had two power play chances in the third period but was unable to find the back of the net. Barone was pulled for the extra attacker with 1:05 left in regulation. Massimo Lamacchia stole the puck and deposited it in the net to give Roanoke a 3-1 lead.
Brad Barone (8-6-2) stopped 23 of 25 shots faced in the loss. Roanoke goaltender Ryan deMelo (4-8-1) made 28 saves in the victory.
Mississippi continues their road trip with a Roanoke rematch on Friday night. They will then travel to Huntsville on Saturday to face the Havoc at 7:00 p.m. Both games can be seen live at Old Style Bar-B-Q in Olive Branch or at SPHLLive.com.
The RiverKings come back home on January 21 to host the Evansville Thunderbolts for Elvis Night. Specialty jerseys will be worn in honor of the King of Rock and Roll.
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.