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Louisiana Winning Streak Gets to Five

March 26, 2010 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Louisiana IceGators News Release

Lafayette, LA- The ‘Gators entered tonight's match-up riding a four game winning streak and hoping to extend their longest winning streak of the season. The ‘Gators had to battle back in the third period against the Mississippi Surge but scored two to win and extend the winning streak to five.

The Surge surged out of the gates and attempted the first four out of six shots on goal. Adam Dekker (LOU) was up to the task and saved the first ten shots. The ‘Gators were able to strike first, when Erik Kent scored with 11:31 remaining. Nick Pernula (LOU) followed with his eighth goal of the season, giving the IceGators a 2-0 lead. However, Louisiana was unable to keep Mississippi off of the board in the first period. Thomas Boudreau (MIS) scored with 47 seconds remaining in the first period.

The second period started slow. The first shot on goal did not occur until the 14:59 mark but a flurry of shots would follow. The ‘Gators had five shots within 22 seconds but would not have another shot until 5:02 left in the period. Mississippi followed with 12 shots of their own. One of those shots found the back of the net when Jeff Grant (MIS) tied the game with 13:33 left in the second period. At 11:50, CJ Tozzo (LOU) was called for slashing and 37 seconds later Matt Ruberto (LOU) was called for hooking. Matt Zultek (MIS) capitalized on the 2-man advantage and scored a power play goal to give the Surge a 3-2 lead.

Louisiana entered the third period getting out shot 27-18. The ‘Gators quickly tied the game when Trevor Karasiewicz (LOU) scored his 20 goal of the season. With 9:17 left in the game Louisiana's Paul McBrien scored to give the ‘Gators a 4-3 lead. In the last 4:30 of the game, Dekker saved nine shots to clinch the win.

Tonight the IceGators got out shot 43-25. Dekker had 40 saves and a save percentage of .930. In addition to being out shot the ‘Gators only had one power play but the Surge had nine power plays.

"We have been playing more focused during the streak," stated Louisiana's Head Coach Dave MacIsaac when asked about the win extending the win streak. "We had to fight for the win. Even though we made mistakes we didn't get down and we knew we could battle through them."

The ‘Gators close out the 2009-10 season tomorrow, Saturday (March 27) against the Mississippi Surge. They will look to end the season on a six game winning streak.

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