Mississippi RiverKings’ forward Ryan Marcuz scored a pair of goals and Tyler Green turned aside 34 shots as the RiverKings defeated the Ice Flyers, 4-2, in Pensacola Wednesday night.
After a back and forth first half of the first period, the Ice Flyers jumped out to a 1-0 lead 9:17 into the period while on the power play.
Jessyko Bernard, who came into Wednesday's game with two goals in two games against the RiverKings, deflected a Troy Vance wrister past Tyler Green for the opening score.
However, the RiverKings took control in the second period with a pair of goals. Donald Olivieri tied the game at one only 3:17 into the second period with a blast from the point that got behind Ice Flyers' goaltender Brian Billet.
Later in the period with Olivieri in the penalty box serving a double minor for high sticking, Kristaps Bazevics dove after the puck trying to clear the zone and connected with Brantley Sherwood, who sped through the neutral zone and lifted a shot over Billet giving the RiverKings a 2-1 lead.
After the Ice Flyers tied the game in the early stages of the third period, Ryan Marcuz broke the 2-2 tie.
Devin Mantha feathered a pass from the goal line to the slot where Marcuz took a shot that beat Billett.
Marcuz would add the empty netter with only eight seconds left to go after Mantha's attempt pinged off the bottom of the post, and the RiverKings walked away from Pensacola with the victory.
The RiverKings return home to the Landers Center in Southaven on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. to take on the Peoria Rivermen each night.