The Kings finally have two games they can be proud of. The Kings skated away with a 60-minute effort Friday at the DCC,dropping the Mudbugs 4-3.
Almost everything went right for the Kings on Friday night.They got strong goaltending from Larry Sterling,who made 22-saves. Derek Landmesser scored the game winner with just over four minutes remaining in the game. Matt Boyd, Louis Dumont, and Chris Richards (PPG) also scored goals in the game.
The Kings were 1-for-3 on the powerplay and the Mudbugs were 3-for-10.
Referee Lavoie called a terrible game and I mean terrible. The rules are never the same from game to game.
Mississippi outshot Bossier-Shreveport 27-25.
Saturday night the Kings won their second game in a row. The Kings set the tone early with a strong first period, outshooting Tulsa 15-11.
They managed two goals, when Russell Smith scored on the powerplay and Richards scored on the powerplay also. It was 2-0 after one.
Michel Beausoleil had the lone goal in the second period for Tulsa. It was 2-1 Kings after forty minutes of play.
Matt Miller and Darrell Stoddard netted goals in the third period for the Kings.The final was 4-1.
Sterling (3-2-0) again played well between the pipes as he stopped 34 of 35 shots directed his way. The Kings were 2-for-5 on the power play. Tulsa was 0-for-7.
The Kings continued to shine on special teams. Allowing only 4 goals on 17 attempts this weekend.
That was a solid four point weekend.
We do have to stop taking so many stupid penalties though, that will catch up to us.
The Kings are the most penalized team in the CHL with a total of 392 penalty minutes for an average of 49.00 PIMS per game. That’s way too many penalty minutes in a game.
Tonight the Evansville Icemen visit the DCC,with a record of 3-4-1 for seven points and eighth place in the Turner Conference. The Icemen are 1-4-0 on the road with their only victory on the road was against, you guessed it, the RiverKings. They played on October 22nd at the DCC and walked away with a 5-2 win over the Kings.
Tonight’s game will be on Sports 56, WHBQ-AM (560), the pre-game show goes at 6:50pm with the drop of the puck at 7:05 pm.
The Kings then pack their bags and head out on a three game road trip.
Friday’s game from Rapid City will be on Flinn Broadcasting station WMFS-AM (1210). Pre-game at 7:50pm.
Saturday’s game from Colorado will be on Sports 56, WHBQ-AM (560). Pre-game at 7:50pm.
Tuesday night they are back in Rapid City with a start time of 7:35.WMFS-AM (1210).
The voice of the RiverKings Bob Bakken, will call the play. All games are on CHL-TV.
Around the NHL…
The bad news: The Hockey Hall of Fame voters screwed up by omitting Joe Nieuwendyk and Doug Gilmour this year. The good news: Ed Belfour is the only newly-eligible shoe-in for next year, meaning the voters can still slip both aforementioned stars in.
They’d better do it then though as the class of 2012 includes Joe Sakic, Brendan Shanahan, Mats Sundin, Curtis Joseph and Jeremy Roenick. A year later, it’s Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios and Rob Blake …
How’s this for a bad night? Vancouver’s Guillaume Desbians gets exactly two seconds of ice time in a game against Colorado last week before a fight with Cody McLeod nets him a broken right hand that will keep him out of action indefinitely …
If Dion Phaneuf is indeed out six weeks due to his leg injury, that means his targeted return coincides with the day his Leafs make their first appearance in Calgary since he was traded to Toronto …
Separated at birth: Actor Gary Sinise and Dino Ciccarelli.
That’s it for today. I’ll see you at the game tonight. The Kings better keep it going.
I’m Joe Sports, have a great day.