Peoria scored a SPHL-record five goals in 2:30 on their way to a 5-2 defeat of the Mississippi RiverKings Friday night at the Landers Center in Southaven.
With the loss, Mississippi fell to 15-8-2, while Peoria improved to 12-4-7 in the league standings ahead of Saturday's game at the Landers Center, which starts at 7:30 p.m.
Thomas Parizek opened the scoring for Mississippi in the first period, on an assist from Todd Hosmer and Joe Sova at 1:26 of the period.
Hosmer followed that with a goal of his own, assisted by Cullen Bradshaw, with 42 seconds remaining before the first intermission.
It was in the second period when Peoria unloaded on losing goaltender Brad Barone with the quintet of red-lighters in just 150 seconds. Between 3:41 and 6:11 of the middle frame, Cole Hutchinson, Dakota Klecha, Cody Dion and two goals from Jeff Jones gave Peoria a 5-2 they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.
Andy DiCristofaro replaced Barone after the fifth goal and finished out the contest without giving up another goal.
Barone (7-5-2) ended his time on the ice with 20 saves on 25 shots on goal. DiCristofaro saved all 18 shots on net against.
Tyler Green (7-1-3) picked up the win for Peoria with a 23-save effort on 25 shots on goal.
Peoria outshot the RiverKings 43-25 for the contest.
The win moved the Rivermen within one point of the RiverKings for third place in the SPHL standings. Mississippi is seven points in back of league frontrunners Huntsville and Macon.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.