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Mississippi RiverKings' comeback falls short, Louisiana wins 7-5

Cajundome    Wed, Mar 27, 2013

Mississippi RiverKings almost clawed its way back from a three-goal deficit, but the Louisiana IceGators managed to pull out a 7-5 win in the end.

Louisiana led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the IceGators' Matthew Robertson's scored at 13:09 in the third period to put Louisiana up 6-3.

After the loss made the series score 1-0 in the best of three series, Mississippi RiverKings faces elimination next time out.

The IceGators forced Mississippi RiverKings' netminders to work in net, launching 33 shots and forcing 26 saves. David Wilson made eight stops and Matthew Krahn made 18.

Louisiana was helped by Troy Ofukany, who finished with one goal and one assist. Ofukany scored 11:17 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Shawn McNeil provided the assist. Louisiana also got points from McNeil, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Jeremey Boyer, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, Robertson, who also registered one goal and one assist, and Robert Short, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Louisiana also got a goal from Josh Duplantis as well. In addition, Louisiana received assists from Kirk Byczynski, who had two and Clark Byczynski, Matt Miller, Cody Zubko, and Jordan Foreman, who each chipped in one.

Mississippi RiverKings stifled the IceGators' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Mississippi RiverKings' offense rang up 31 shots on Louisiana's net. Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals.

Mississippi RiverKings was led by Darrell Stoddard, who had one goal and one assist. Stoddard scored on the power play 17:52 into the third period to make the score 6-5 Louisiana. Mississippi RiverKings had taken the advantage when the IceGators' Foreman got sent off for tripping. Tom Craig assisted on the tally. Mike Hayward also scored for Mississippi RiverKings. Other players who recorded assists for Mississippi RiverKings were Ian Finnerty, Richard Leitner, and Kory Helowka, who contributed one a piece and Kevin Willer and Matt Whitehead, who each chipped in two.

Breton Lindoff rejected 26 shots on goal for Louisiana. The IceGators totaled 21 minutes in penalty time with three minors and one major and went 0-for-5 on the power play. Mississippi RiverKings totaled 35 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major and went 1-for-3 on the power play.