By Gene Coleman, Biloxi Sun Herald
BILOXI -- The Mississippi Surge earned their first victory of the season on Saturday night, beating the previously undefeated Mississippi RiverKings 5-0 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
The team withstood four penalty kills in the first period, but it was the RiverKings who gave up a power play goal at 13:56 for the first score of the game.
As the puck lingered on the goal line, Shawn Skelly found it before RiverKing goalie David Wilson could and got it in for the score. Returning center Adam Stuart and Brad Good assisted.
The goal seemed to give the Surge (1-1-1) the confidence needed to elevate their game.
Three minutes later, they hit the net again. Right wing Corey Tamblyn floated a shot from the RiverKing's face-off circle to put the Surge up 2-0. Derek Graham and James Isaacs assisted.
The Surge played a strong second period both offensively and defensively. The RiverKings had more than seven consecutive minutes of penalty kill that began with checking, roughing and misconduct by Tyler Sheldrake. At 8:16 Skelly took advantage of the out-manned RiverKings to put the Surge up 3-0. Tommy Lange and Stuart assisted.
At the 15:14 mark, Graham took a pass from Tamblyn and sped to the goal to beat out Wilson in a one-on-one situation.