IceGators Win Again over Rivermen
PEORIA, Ill.--For the second night in a row, the Louisiana IceGators special teams determined a game's fate.
And for the second night in a row, the IceGators' special teams lifted Louisiana to victory.
Zac Frischmon scored his second goal of the game with 14 seconds left in regulation to give the Louisiana IceGators a 4-3 victory over the Peoria Rivermen. That goal was the IceGators' second power play goal of the night in eight attempts. The IceGator penalty kill unit held Peoria's power play scoreless in eight tries.
The IceGators and the Rivermen will play again in the Peoria Civic Center Sunday at 3:05 p.m.
"If (Friday night's win) was a character win for us, then I don't know what to call tonight's victory," IceGators head coach Drew Omicioli said. "We played with 11 or 12 skaters most of the game and had only seven forwards for a while. I'm so proud of the way we battled. We deserved those two points.
"Once again, the game was very chippy, and there was a lot of contact with our goaltender, which caused our frustration to run high. We settled down, and (goalie Adam) Courchaine didn't let the nonsense bother him one bit. He was sensational."
Courchaine was sensational, indeed, stopping 36 of 39 Peoria shots.
Luke Sandler also deserves the "sensational" label. He scored twice in the first period--once at the 4:48 mark and again on a power play at the 14:35 mark--to put Louisiana ahead 2-0 going into the first intermission. Frischmon and John Daniels assisted on the first goal, while Jake Hauswirth and Mike Kavanagh assisted on the second.
Peoria got on the scoreboard 83 seconds into the second period when Walker Wintoneak scored off assists from Ben Power and Jack Callahan.
The IceGators responded nine minutes later when Frischmon went top shelf for the first time on the night. Hauswirth and Sandler assisted on the play.
Peoria cut the Louisiana lead back down to a goal with 1:10 remaining in the middle frame. Dave Pszenyczny scored off assists from Wintoneak and Jack Callahan, making the score 3-2 and giving Peoria momentum going into the second intermission.
That momentum carried over into the third period. Former IceGator Chris Wilson tied the game off a Steve Morra assist with 10:22 remaining in regulation.
However, Peoria committed two costly errors in the waning minutes of the game. Alec Hagaman was called for boarding with 1:12 left on the clock to put the IceGators on a power play. Forty-eight seconds later, Dan Bremner was sent to the penalty box for a delay of game, giving the IceGators a two-man advantage.
The IceGators made the most of the opportunity. Frischmon scored 10 seconds into the five-on-three power play to give the Cardiac Crocodilians a 4-3 lead. Hauswirth and Kavanagh assisted on the game-winner.
Omicioli is excited to see what Sunday brings for his team, especially since a key member of the team returns to the roster.
"We need to come out with the same intensity (on Sunday)," Omicioli said. "I'm happy to have Tyler Barr coming back to the line-up (from suspension). He brings a different swagger to our team, and he's itching to play after watching the last five games. Lord knows we need forwards right now with Wudrick, Boyer, and Hood out tonight."
Even with Barr returning, Omicioli knows he and his team aren't guaranteed another victory and a series sweep.
"We know they will be coming hard at us, so we will be prepared for that challenge," Omicioli said.
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