Take 3-1 Series Lead
by Jason Cohen ITC Staff Writer
TN - No offense, but the Austin Ice Bats just don't
have one. Offense, that is. And somewhere along the
way, the CHL's stingiest team lost their defense too.
culprit is no secret: the defending President's Cup
champion Memphis RiverKings. Wednesday, the Kings continued
their quest to repeat in Game 4 of the Central Hockey
League finals, shellacking Austin 7-2 to take a 3-1
5 of the best-of-seven series is Friday at the Desoto
Nasato gave his team a 1-0 lead just 55 seconds in,
coming down the slot uncovered for a set-up by Michal
Stastny, who outworked several Bats behind the net.
It was the fourth straight game Memphis drew first blood,
and the third in which they did so early.
Parsons' power-play goal at 13:28 of the first gave
the Kings a 2-0 lead. Memphis has scored with the extra
man in every contest of the playoffs -- before the night
was over they'd have 25 postseason PP tallies, breaking
their own CHL record (set last year).
Matt Sharuga made it 2-1 at 6:57 of the second period,
but the shift in momentum lasted just five minutes,
as Brian Tucker beat Barnes with assists from A.J. Aitken
and Jay Neal at 11:39.
two-goal edge was all the Kings would need, but that
didn't stop them from exploding in the third. Parsons
added two more for the hat trick and a league-leading
14 playoff goals. Greg Lakovic and Riley Cote also scored
for Memphis, while Pat Brownlee got one for the Bats.
was without star winger Gerald Tallaire of the "STP
Fuel Line," reportedly out with a broken hand suffered
in Game 3.
Richards made 23 saves for his 10th win of the playoffs.
Kings won the Cup in five against these same Ice Bats
last season, also winnings Games 1, 3 and 4 along the