Game 2: Mississippi RiverKings (0-1-0) vs. Macon Mayhem (0-0-1)
6:30 p.m. CDT, Macon Centreplex Coliseum, Macon, Georgia
The Mississippi RiverKings hit the road for the first time in the 2015-16 season as they visit the Macon Mayhem. It’s the first of eight head-to-head matches between the teams.
The Mayhem lost their first game in the SPHL last night to the Knoxville Ice Bears in a shootout, 5-4. Macon had a 4-2 lead late in the second, but the Ice Bears rallied to spoil Macon’s return to professional hockey.
The RiverKings were shutout in their home opener for the second time in three seasons, losing 2-0 to the Louisiana IceGators at the Landers Center last night. They were also shutout by Louisiana at home to start the 2013-14 season.
RiverKings Pregame at 6:20 p.m.
Radio: Stretch Internet Radio
Streaming: Pay-to-watch video on SPHL Live
Scouting the Mayhem
The IceGators enter their first season in the SPHL with a brand new roster. Back in May, the SPHL held an expansion draft, allowing the Mayhem to make selections to lay the groundwork for their first season. The Mayhem were given six selections and they could pick from any player not protected by another SPHL franchise.
In the draft Macon selected Steve Bergin (Pensacola), Jason Cohen (Peoria), Mark Corbett (Knoxville), John McLean (Pensacola), Ryan Salvis (Knoxville) and Matt Whitehead (RiverKings). The only player out of those six drafted players who are currently on the Mayhem roster is defenseman Mark Corbett, who started his professional season late in the 2014-15 season with the RiverKings.
Despite that, the Mayhem do have several players who were on SPHL rosters last season, including defensman Jarrett Rush, who spent time with both Knoxville and Pensacola last year. He finished the season with the Ice Bears and won the President's Cup. He played for the Augusta RiverHawks in 2012-13. Another former RiverHawk on the current Mayhem roster is Lucas LaBelle, who also spent time with the RiverKings in 2013-14.
Tonight's game is the first between the RiverKings and Macon Mayhem. They will face each other eight times in the 2015-16 season, with the RiverKings visiting Macon three times, including tonight. Macon travels to Southaven to face the RiverKings at the Landers Center for the first time on Friday, Nov. 6.
The Mayhem organization has carried over the stats and records from when the team was the Augusta RiverHawks (2010-13). The RiverHawks and RiverKings met six times in their history, with the RiverHawks winning four of the six head-to-head meetings.
The Mayhem had four power play chances to start the season against Knoxville last night, but went 0-for-4 against the Ice Bears. They had the final three power plays of the game, including two in a high-scoring second period, but came up with no power-play goals on the night.
The RiverKings struggled with the man advantage in the season opener last night. They were held off the scoreboard in seven power-play chances against Louisiana. They had six power plays over the final two periods, but came up empty in each.
The Macon penalty kill faced two Knoxville power plays and successfully killed them both.
The RiverKings penalty kill was only tested three times in the season opener against Louisiana last night and they were a perfect 3-for-3.