Memphis leads series 1-0
By Jason Cohen
Ice Bats coach Brent Hughes made about the President's
Cup Finals has already come true.
don't have to be the Amazing Kreskin to say things like
"in the finals you've got to have a dominant goaltender,"
"defense wins championships" and "it's
going to be tight whether the scores are high or low."
netminder Mark Richards and several Austin own-zone
lapses were indeed the difference in Game 1, which goes
down in the books as a 5-4 Memphis win.
42 shots and was under pressure every period, while
Bryan McMullen faced 24, stopping 19. Four of Memphis'
goals came in the second and third frames. Neither club
ever led by more than one, and there were five lead
McMullen, and every time they scored a goal we came
back," Kings coach Doug Shedden said. "We
capitalized on good chances. I feel fortunate we got
we played great offensively tonight," Ice Bats
coach Brent Hughes said. "We threw everything at
them but the kitchen sink. But their goalie outdid our
guy and we gave up chances we don't usually give up.
Defense wins hockey games, and we didn't play it tonight."
got the one that counted most at 16:12 of the third,
assisted by Luch Nasato and Jay Neal. It was his second
of the night. The Slovakian winger has three winners
and one go-ahead goal in Memphis' last five playoff
The Bats took
a 1-0 lead on a Dan Price shot from the left circle
at 1:27 of the first period, assisted by Brett Seguin
after they curled and criss-crossed into the Memphis
Prior to tonight,
Austin was undefeated when scoring first. The advantage
didn't last long anyway, as Kahlil Thomas notched a
power-play tally at 3:54. But Austin got one with the
extra man as well, taking a 2-1 lead on Brett Seguin's
chip shot from the post, assisted by point men Daniel
Tetrault and Bobby Brown, at 17:39 of the first period.
the second. While the Bats hit iron twice, he made at
least three gigantic stops - a close-the-pads squeaker
on Gerald Tallaire from the left circle, a frantic cover-up
that he initially misplayed on Seguin in close and a
falling-backwards stuff of Price, who broke up the middle
all alone. All told, Richards stopped 15 shots in the
mustered eight, and only needed two: a Stastny wraparound
on an almost-empty net at 13:51, with McMullen out of
position and the Kings' power play unit buzzing all
around the crease, and Anthony DiPalma's goal at 18:34,
which made it 3-2 That came on an odd man rush, with
DiPalma batting Don Martin's centering pass into the
net from mid-air.
the play for five minutes, they'd come down, get a chance
and score," Bobby Brown said. "They're a great
At 0:29 of the
third, Kelly Smart took advantage of a bad bounce on
a Richards' clearing pass, as the puck caromed off the
glass and right to the slot. Smart shot top-shelf before
Richards could get back in position. That made it 3-3.
The seesaw continued
with a Brad Mueller goal at 5:09, with Mueller and Parsons
both unmolested at close range.
gave up 24 shots, but some of them were point blank,"
Smart said. "We had guys left alone in front of
our net. At playoff time you can't give a team goals."
some timely goals tonight," Richards said. "Every
time they tied it up we came right back and got a huge
re-tie the game at 10:20 of the third period, intercepting
a pass in the slot which he then shot wild and high.
The snakebit sniper went after his own rebound and fed
Tab Lardner from behind.the net. That made it 4-4.
A little less
than six minutes later, Stastny had the final word.