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RiverKings move on to round 2 with 5-2 rout of Louisiana

LAFAYETTE, La. - The Mississippi RiverKings took a four-goal lead and never looked back as they completed the two-game series sweep with a 5-2 victory over the Louisiana IceGators on Thursday night in Louisiana. 

The RiverKings got on the board first 12:12 into the first. Cullen Bradshaw set up Todd Hosmer who beat Brad Barone shorthanded to put the RiverKings ahead 1-0.

The RiverKings then came out with three to open the second. Reid Campbell extended the RiverKings lead to two as Reid Campbell's blast beat Barone to put the RiverKings ahead 2-0. Devin Mantha then collected his third goal of the series as he capitalized on a turnover and rocketed a slap shot to the back of the net and the RiverKings led by three just under the halfway point of the game. Then, with 6:30 left in the second Ryan Marcuz set up Leo Thomas for a one-timer and the RiverKings captain's shot beat Adam Courchaine, who replaced Barone, to give the visitors a 4-0 lead.

Louisiana got a goal back just over a minute later. While shorthanded, John Daniels took the puck from the left wing corner, to the front of the net and slid a shot past the poke check of Peter Di Salvo to cut the RiverKings lead to 4-1 going into the third.

In the third, the 'Gators made a late push. From behind the net, Jeremy Boyer's pass found the stick of Anton Lennartsson who one-timed a shot past Di Salvo to bring Louisiana within two with 8:35 left in regulation.

The rally was not enough as the RiverKings converted with the IceGator net pulled and Leo Thomas fired a shot from the neutral zone to win the series with a 5-2 victory over Louisiana.

Peter Di Salvo (2-0) stopped 18 of 20 shots against in the win. Brad Barone (0-2) took the loss after stopping 10 of 13 shots against. Adam Courchaine did not factor in the decision after stopping 8-9.

The RiverKings second round schedule will be released later this week. Please check RiverKings.com for more up to date information.

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 8:21 PM

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