(Oklahoma City, OK) --- Louis Dumont's power play goal nearly two minutes into the final period was the difference-maker in the Mississippi RiverKings' 2-1 CHL Northern Conference playoff game-four victory over the Blazers in Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
The win gives the RiverKings a decisive 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with their Northeast Division rivals, going into game five in the DeSoto Civic Center on Saturday night.
The first period was scoreless with the RiverKings outshooting the Blazers by an 8-6 margin.
Oklahoma City then opened the scoring in the second period with a power play goal from Simon Lambert, his first of the season at 4:24 for a 1-0 lead.
However, the RiverKings answered with a goal late in the period, as Jeff Alcombrack rushed in and beat Blazer goalie Andy Franck with thirty seconds left for his second goal of the playoffs, assisted by Andrew Lackner and Louis Dumont. That made the second intermission score even at 1-1.
That set up Dumont's game-winning power play goal with Tyler Harder in the penalty box for Oklahoma City at 1:55. Derek Landmesser and Alcombrack received assists on the goal, which was Dumont's second of the playoffs and also his second power play tally of the post-season.
Oklahoma City was stymied the remainder of the game and a desperate effort with an empty net and an extra attacker fell short, as the RiverKings claimed the victory.
Mississippi out shot the Blazers by a 29-20 margin, with winning goaltender Kevin Beech (3-1) making 19 saves. Franck (0-2) stopped 27 shots for Oklahoma City in the losing effort.
The goal by Dumont gave the RiverKings at least one power play goal in each game of the series, as they went 1-for-8 with the extra man. Oklahoma City scored just their second power play goal of the series and finished 1-for-9.
The series now returns to the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven for game five on Saturday night at 7:05 PM. A potential game six would be played Monday, April 6th in Oklahoma City, and if a seventh game is needed, it would come back to the DeSoto Civic Center on Wednesday, April 8th.