The Riverkings returned from Thanksgiving break with a goal of going 8-2 before heading into Christmas break. Instead of 16pts the Riverkings ended the 2017 calendar year by recording 17pts as they went 8-1-1 heading into the new year.
The Riverkings concluded the USPHL Midwest Showcase by going 3-0-1 picking up 7 of a possible 8 pts. The Riverkings opened the showcase with a shutout victory over the Detroit Fighting Irish recording a 3-0 win. Parker Rutherford picked up the shutout win and the Riverkings penalty kill was stellar killing of 4 straight penalties before the 11 minute mark in the game. Xander Mavrogiannis paced the Riverkings with 3 assists in game one. Game 2 of the showcase saw the Riverkings defeat the Steele County Blades by a score of 4-1 with goalie Eric Schuette picking up the victory. Adam Peterson paced the offense recording a goal and a helper along the way. In Game 3 the Riverkings offense found the back of the net 11 times as they recorded an 11-2 win vs the Tri City Icehawks. Linemates Matyas Kacirek and Ryan Mantz each recorded four points and goaltender Dom Paciocco picked up the win.
Game four of the showcase the Riverkings battled to a tough overtime loss falling 4-3 to the Minnesota Moose. Forward Dylan Nurse picked up his first goal of the season (assists from Austyn Quarters and Mavrogiannis) giving the Riverkings a 3-2 lead with 10 minutes to go. The Moose found a way to tie the game at 3-3before scoring 2 minutes into the overtime frame to pick up the extra point. Erich Schuette was stellar all game long in between the pipes picking up a tough loss while recording 35 saves.
The Riverkings head into the 2018 calendar year with a 20-7-1 record and will return to action January 5th as they head to Boston for the USPHL Boston Showcase. The Riverekings will return home January 12-13 as they will take on the Dells Ducks @ SWCRC.