Big Third Period Lifts Havoc over IceGators
Huntsville, Ala.--The Louisiana IceGators never found a rhythm Saturday night.
One night after blowing a lead and dropping a shootout decision, the Louisiana IceGators stumbled to a 5-1 loss to the Huntsville Havoc. Nick Lazorko scored twice in the third period to help pull the Havoc to victory.
The IceGators (14-6-2) have lost three of their last four games, picking up three of eight possible points in that stretch. Despite this, the Louisiana remains on top of the SPHL standings, leading the Mississippi RiverKings by two points.
The Louisiana IceGators will continue their road trip Sunday with a match against the Columbus Cottonmouths. Game time at the Columbus Civic Center is scheduled for 4 p. m. EST.
"They came out to play," said IceGators head coach Kevin Kaminski. "They had the momentum from last night. They outskated and outworked us. They smothered us, but we didn't skate. They were catching us from behind all night.
"Basically, in a nutshell, from the goaltending to the defense to the offense, we were awful," Kaminski continued. "We only had 18 shots. We couldn't dump the puck tonight."
Stuart Stefan, who scored the game-winner Friday night against Louisiana, picked up where he left off at the 4:46 mark of the first period. Stefan gave the Havoc a 1-0 lead off assists from Dominic Osman and Ray Ortiz.
Louisiana evened the score midway through the second period. Shawn McNeil went top shelf during a power play at the 10:38 mark of the frame.
Huntsville quickly regained the lead. Osman scored with 4:42 left in the period to give Huntsville a 2-1 lead.
The Havoc pulled away from the IceGators late in the third period. Nick Lazorko picked up his second goal of the weekend with 5:20 left in the game. Justin Fox tacked on another goal with 3:03 remaining in regulation to make the score 4-1. Lazorko scored again less than a minute later to give Huntsville a four-goal advantage.
Kaminski summed up his team's performance in a few short words.
"This is a game of will, not skill," he said. "We didn't have the want and will tonight."
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