Don Parsons scored the game winner and Guy St. Vincent made 24 saves as the Memphis RiverKings defeated the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 3-1 at the DeSoto Civic Center Friday night. Parsons’ power play goal, his 7th of the season, at 16:26 of the third period was a redirection of a Derek Landmesser shot and broke a 1-1 stalemate.
Landmesser then followed three minutes later with an empty net goal from his own blue line to finish the deal.
Jeremy Wray, who left the game in the second period due to injury, opened the scoring with the only goal of the first period at 16:51. The unassisted goal was his second of the season. Scott Sheppard scored his team-high eighth goal of the season on the power play in the second period to tie the game at one. Thanks to St Vincent and some timely Memphis defense, it would be the only goal scoring the Mudbugs would get. St. Vincent made key stops all game long and held the second highest scoring team in the league well below their 4.25 goals per game average. Andrew Martin was almost equally solid, saving 22 of 24 shots in the loss for Bossier-Shreveport.
The RiverKings went one for eight with the power play while Bossier-Shreveport went one for six. Both teams had 25 shots, with Memphis holding the important third period advantage 12-7.
Memphis halted a brief two-game losing streak and in the process handed the Mudbugs their third straight defeat after beginning the season 5-0-1. It was the RiverKings first victory over Bossier-Shreveport this season after two close losses.
The RiverKings travel to Wichita for a Sunday 5:05 p.m. game against the team with the most points in the CHL. The RiverKings and Thunder can be heard on Sports 56 WHBQ (AM 560) with the pre-game beginning at 4:45.
Thanks so much, RiverKings, for a great game. The kids and I had a wonderful time Friday night.