The Kings were in Knoxville, Tenn. on Friday night and were beaten up badly by the Ice Bears 7-4.
Knoxville got on the board first, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes, Josh Boyd scored at 5:59 and Eric Satim scored at 9:37 for the Bears. Kings, Ken Selby narrowed the margin at 12:26 and the first period ended with Kings down by one.
The Kings tied the game up at 4:02 of the second period on a goal by Tibor Varga.
Then, Darrell Stoddard gave the Kings the lead at 5:19 in the middle frame.
But then the Ice Bears exploded for two more in the second, Rick Helmbrecht scored on the power play at 7:42 and then at 18:17 Kyle VanderMale found the back of the net for the Bears.
It was 4-3 Bears after twenty minutes of play.
The third period did not start well for the Kings as Bears, David Segal scored shorthanded at just 1:01 into the period.
The Kings would respond though at 2:02 off the stick of Mike Tuomi on the power play.
But the Kings could not rally as the Bears took it to them for the rest of the game with Eric Slais finding the twine at 4:06 and Emery Olauson at 9:49.
Final-Ice Bears 7- Kings 4.
Bears netminder Bryan Hince got the win as he stopped 32 of 36 shots directed his way.
The Kings used two goalies in the game. Jordon Bent stopped 19 of 25 shots and was yanked from the game after playing just over 44:00 minutes. Reynolds replaced Bent and stopped 6 of 7 shots directed his way.
The Kings were 1 for 5 on the power play and Knoxville were 1 for 3.
The Kings outshot the Bears 36-32.
The Mississippi RiverKings had a tough night on Saturday as they were edged 4-3 by the Columbus Cottonmouths at the DCC.
It looked like the Kings were not to be denied on Saturday as they came out flying against the Cottonmouths.
The Kings scored three straight in the first period on goals by Kyle Lundale at 9:48. Then just 25 seconds later Paul D’Agostino found the twine. Then at 11:48, Mark Magnowski put it behind Cottonmouths netminder Ian Vigier . It was 3-0 Kings after one.
You have to remember as a team, that when you’re up by three goals the game is not over. It’s a 60 minute game. The Cottonmouths new that, the Kings did not.
In the second period Columbus scored two goals. Jordan Braid(powerplay) and Mitch Wall did the damage. It was 3-2 Kings after forty minutes of play.
John Sullivan tied the game up at 8:27 of the third for Columbus. Levi Lind would seal it with a goal at 18:35. The final – Columbus 4 Kings 3.
Kings netminder Alan Reynolds stopped 15 of 19 shots directed his way. Columbus goaltender Ian Vigier had a stellar two periods after his shakey start in the first period. He stopped 27 of 30 shots directed his way.
The Kings were 1-for- 6 on the powerplay. Columbus was 1-for-3.
The RiverKings travel to Biloxi on Friday to battle the Mississippi Surge at 7:05 p.m. at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
The next home game for the RiverKings will be on Friday, November 11th at 7:05 p.m. against the Columbus Cottonmouths at the Desoto Civic Center.
Both games will be broadcast on America One and www.Radio-Memphis.com.
There will be the Away Game Watch Party at The Spot Sports Bar and Grille for the Friday, November 4th game against the Surge. Located at 210 E. Commerce St. Hernando,MS.
Joe Sports Thoughts…
You might wonder why I’m not freaking out after seeing the Kings lose 2 games in a row by a combined 11-7 score.
I’m not so worried about that, I’m worried about giving up leads. I‘m worried about the power play, in the two games played on the weekend, we were 2-for-11 on the PP. That is what I’m worried about.
As I have said before, you are not going to win too many games if you can’t score on the power play. You know the cliché, “Practice makes perfect”
I’ll stick to my word. I’ll give this team about 7 games to prove themselves to me, then, I’ll give you my honest opinion.
That’s the way I see it and I’m Joe Sports.
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