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Big second period sinks RiverKings in Louisiana

LAFAYETTE, La. - Zac Frischmon scored a pair of goals including one of three goals in the second period as the Mississippi RiverKings (23-13-7) fell 5-1 to the Louisiana IceGators (21-19-4) on Wednesday night in Louisiana.

The RiverKings wasted no time finding the back of the net early. Matt Harrington wristed a shot past Adam Courchaine on the power play to put the RiverKings on top 1-0 just 43 seconds into the first.

But Louisiana battled back. John Daniels tied the game at one 9:21 into the first on a wrist shot from the high slot that beat goaltender Garrett Sheehan blocker side. Louisiana chased Sheehan and took the lead at the 16:04 mark on Zac Frischmon's shot on the power play that slipped between the leg pads of Sheehan to give the IceGators a 2-1. Sheehan was replaced by Spencer McLay.

In the second, Louisiana tallied a trio of goals. Frischmon notched his second of the night when he redirected a pass from Blake Hietala past McLay to give the IceGators a two-goal lead 6:38 into the second. Louisiana added to their lead late. Jeremy Boyer picked up a rebound in the low slot and slid it around the pad of McLay to put Louisiana up 4-1. Geordie Wudrick completed the second-period scoring on a shot from the left circle that found the back of the net with just under four minutes left in the second and Louisiana took a 5-1 lead into the third period and held on to hand the RiverKings their first road loss since February 14.

Garrett Sheehan (9-9-5) took the loss after giving up two goals on five shots in the first 16:01 of play. Spencer McLay stopped 11 of 14 in relief. Adam Courchaine (13-10-3) picked up the win after stopping 31 of 32 shots against.

The RiverKings went 1-6 on the power play, while Louisiana scored twice on four power play opportunities.

The RiverKings are back home on March 11 to finish off their season series with the Macon Mayhem at 7:05 p.m. Get your tickets for the stretch run with the March to the President's Cup plan for two, four or six games starting at $8 per game. For more information, visit RiverKings.com or call 662-342-1755.

About the Mississippi RiverKings

The RiverKings are supported by our community partners, season ticket holders, fans, and grants from the Maddox Foundation, an independent private foundation based in Hernando, Miss. To find out more about the RiverKings, call 662-342-1755 or visit RiverKings.com.

Posted by David Schmoll at 8:51 PM

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