COLUMBUS, GA – A pair of unassisted third period goals, the second coming with less than two minutes left, proved to be the undoing of the Columbus Cottonmouths as the Mississippi RiverKings stole a 2-1 victory on the road on Black Friday.
The contest at the Columbus Civic Center was a goaltender’s delight as Mississippi’s Matthew Krahn and Columbus’ Travis Bosch were the featured stars in a three-act defensive struggle. On this night, Krahn got the better of Bosch, stopping all but one of the 23 shots he faced while Bosch made 26 saves on 28 shots.
Following a scoreless first period, the host Cottonmouths got on the board first when Tory Allan and Jason Gray combined to set up Jordan Draper for a power play goal at the 7:43 mark of the second period. The only other excitement in the stanza was provided by Columbus’ Alex Gallant and Mississippi’s Corey Fulton who dropped the gloves.
The RiverKings tied the score a tick less than two minutes into the final frame when Todd Hosmer beat Bosch. The game remained tied until Charles LaChance scored at the 18:21 mark to put the RiverKings ahead to stay. Columbus pulled Bosch for an extra attacker in the final minute but couldn’t put one past Krahn.
Mississippi outshot Columbus in the game 28-23. The RiverKings failed to take advantage of its lone power play opportunity in the game while the Cottonmouths went 1-for-2 with the man advantage.