SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — For the first time this season, the Louisiana IceGators carried momentum from a victory over to their next contest.
Save for a breakdown early in the first period, the IceGators dominated the pace of play Saturday night, picking up a 5-1 victory over the Mississippi RiverKings. Luke Sandler led the team with two goals and an assist.
The IceGators return to action Thursday when they host a rematch against the RiverKings in the Cajundome. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.
The RiverKings took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after Linden Bahm recorded a goal at the 4:07 mark off assists from Leo Thomas and Ryan Marcuz.
The IceGators controlled the rest of the game.
Sandler put Louisiana ahead 2-1 after scoring back-to-back goals in the first 13:35 of the second period. Blake Hietala added another goal with 2:15 remaining in the frame to put the IceGators ahead 3-1 going into the second intermission.
Jeremy Boyer gave Louisiana a three-goal lead with 12:17 remaining in the contest when he went top shelf off assists from Sandler and Tyler Barr. John Daniels tacked on an extra insurance goal off a Blake Hietala assist with 1:09 left in the game.