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Sutliffe nets two in 4-2 victory over Thunderbolts

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Rookie Derek Sutliffe tallied two goals in the Mississippi RiverKings (31-20-3) victory over the Evansville Thunderbolts (13-32-9).

After a scoreless 14 minutes to open the game, the RiverKings found the net first. With 5:22 left to play in the period, defenseman Joe Sova fired a shot from the left circle that would bounce off the right post into the net for a RiverKings 1-0 lead.

Just under two minutes into the second period, newcomer Derek Sutliffe scored his first goal of his professional career with assists from forwards Ryan Marcuz and Dillan Fox to give the RiverKings a 2-0 lead. Three minutes later, Ryan Marcuz shifted through the Thunderbolt defense and found Sutliffe on the left wing for a goal to extend the RiverKings lead 3-0.

Evansville would not leave the second period quietly. With 5:42 left to play, Thunderbolts’ Austin McKay ushered a rebound goal past RiverKing goalie Brad Barone to cut the lead 3-1. Three minutes later, forward John Scorica wristed a changeup shot past Barone to cut the lead 3-2.

In third and final period, team captain Devin Mantha iced the game with a back hander for a goal to give the RiverKings 4-2 lead late in the period.

Brad Barone (19-13-3) earned the victory by stopping 37 of 39 shots on goal, while Nick Kohn (0-2-0) took the loss by diverting 36 of 40 shots on goal.


Derek Sutliffe scores his first professional goal of his career in a 4-2 victory over the Evansville Thunderbolts. © Kori LaVire

The RiverKings return to the ice for Fan Appreciation Night against the Peoria Riverman for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff. For RiverKings Fan Appreciation Night, the first 1000 fans into the arena will receive a team photo. For tickets and details, visit RiverKings.com or call 662-342-1755.

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.

 

Posted by Mississippi RiverKings at 5:31 PM

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TEAM GP W L OT PTS
PEO y-Peoria 56 38 13 5 81
MAC x-Macon 56 33 16 7 73
PEN x-Pensacola 56 33 16 7 73
HUN x-Huntsville 56 30 16 10 70
KNX x-Knoxville 56 30 20 6 66
EVV x-Evansville 56 27 20 9 63
MRK x-RiverKings 56 29 25 2 60
RKE x-Roanoke 56 26 26 4 56
BIR Birmingham 56 22 28 6 50
FAY Fayetteville 56 12 38 6 30
 
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