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Published: Friday, 12 Feb 2016  
By: RiverKings Staff

The Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings (31-8-4) head into the last 5 games of their regular season schedule this weekend as they travel to play two games against the Steele County Blades. The RiverKings, coming into the weekend rested after a weekend off will have one thing on their mind, the four points that they need bring back and claim as their own.


When the RiverKings take the ice for Saturday night’s game they will have a short bench, and will rely heavily on their top three point scorers to give them the advantage.  Currently, Kevin Van Bokkelen is leading the RiverKings with 65 points and is the fourth highest point getter in the league.  Second in points on the team is Reed Kaiser with 59 points, ranking ninth in the league, and lastly is Tyler Harkins with 55 points, and tied for 12th in the league.  As the RiverKings look to their high-powered offense to score goals they will be looking to rookie defenseman, Harrison Kohl to provide some firepower from the point. Kohl is currently 6th on the RiverKings in scoring with 35 assists and 10 goals for 45 points. 


In addition to the RiverKings leaning on their point leaders to get the job done up front, they will also be looking to veteran goaltender, Sam Nelson to support the team on the back end.  Nelson currently has a .922 SV% and is tied for third in the league for most shutouts. 


Currently the RiverKings are in 5th place in the Western Division with 66 points and are trailing the SVC Magicians due to head-to-head games with a total of 66 points, the Forest Lake Lakers with 70, the Dells Ducks with 72 points, and the Chicago cougars with 79 points. The RiverKings are fighting for home ice in the first round of playoffs, but only the top 4 teams will receive this advantage.


The RiverKings are looking forward to taking to the ice this weekend against the Steele County Blades to put the last two weeks of practice to a test.   The RiverKings will be facing off against the Blades at the Four Seasons Center, located at 1525 South Elm Ave, Owatana, MN 55060.  The games are Saturday, February 13 at 7:00pm, and Sunday, February 14, at 3:00pm.


A special thank you to Rebekah Forcier for providing the photo for this article.  Please follow her on Instagram at b.violetphotography.  

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