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Kings win opener, 5-4

October 23, 2004 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Mississippi RiverKings News Release

SOUTHAVEN, Miss – The new-look Memphis RiverKings started the 2004-2005 season on the right foot and kept the visiting Ft. Worth Brahams winless with a 5-4 shootout victory in front of a DeSoto Civic Center crowd of 5160.

Alan Carr grabbed the glory and gave the Kings the only goal they would need with a backhand shot against Brahmas goaltender Larry Sterling to open the sudden death shootout.

Fort Worth struck first when defenseman Brad Lukowich’s shot eluded ‘Kings goaltender Daniel Bosclair. Lukowich, who was a member of last year’s Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning, capitalized on a 5 on 3 powerplay and scored his first goal of the season at the 10:13 mark of the 1st period.

A penalty-filled first frame kept the lead intact, but the ‘Kings equalized early in the second when Carr converted a nice feed from fellow newcomer Phil Aucoin to knot the game at 1.

Memphis jumped ahead with 3:26 gone in the 2nd when another former NHLer, defenseman Ted Crowley beat Sterling low along the ice. Captain Don Parsons and Keith Aucoin provided the feeds.

The lead would be short lived, however, as Chad Woollard struck gold with his first of the night mere seconds later.

Another powerplay goal put the ‘Kings back in the lead as second year man Alexandre Mathieu deflected a Ted Crowley shot with 6:12 gone in the 2nd period.

Chad Woollard struck again, notching another powerplay tally with a little over 2 minutes left in the second period. Martin Paquet and Dave Csumrik provided the pass-work and the ‘Kings faced a 3-3 tie to start the third.

Woollard completed his trick with 8 minutes gone in the third. His third goal of the night came with the ‘Kings on the powerplay.

The Brahams would remain in control of the game until the final minute when, with Memphis on the powerplay, Crowley struck for the second time on the night, knotting the game at 4 to force overtime.

Both goaltenders were perfect through the extra frame, forcing the shootout. Boisclair finished the night with 22 saves, included a clean sheet in the shooutout for the win. Sterling, in the losing effort, recorded 29 saves of his own, allowing 2 goals during the shootout.

The ‘Kings lace up their skates again tomorrow to face the visiting Tulsa Oilers at the DeSoto Civic Center. The puck drops a 3:05 pm.

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