It is more hockey and brunch for the Mississippi RiverKings this (Tuesday) morning, as the team hosts its second Face Off Field Trip game at 10:30 a.m.
They will be playing this morning’s game against the Macon Mayhem in front of thousands of Mid-South schoolchildren at the Landers Center.
Mississippi meets the Mayhem for the third straight time in this morning’s contest, after a weekend split of games played in Georgia.
The RiverKings scored a season high of eight goals in an 8-3 victory on Saturday night. That came one night after being held to just one goal in a 6-1 loss.
Mississippi is still mired in seventh place in the Southern Professional Hockey League standings after this weekend’s action with a 16-17-2 record for 34 points.
The RiverKings are eight points behind sixth-place Knoxville heading into the week and five points ahead of eighth-place Roanoke.
On Saturday, Devin Mantha led the offense with two goals and two assists in the lopsided victory. Mantha leads the team in scoring with 13 goals for 33 points.
Four other players had two-point nights while goaltender Jared Rutledge stopped 22 Macon shots on goal.
Friday, Ryan Marcuz scored the RiverKings’ only goal in the loss, a goal that came in the third period after the Mayhem had built a 6-0 lead. Tyler Green was tagged with the loss in goal for Mississippi, as he allowed all six goals on 18 shots on net. Green was pulled for Rutledge in the third period.
Macon, last year’s SPHL league champion, enters this morning’s game in third place in the standings with a 23-9-2 record for 48 points. The Mayhem are three points in back of league leader Pensacola.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.