Robert Short scored the game winner Saturday against the Havoc. 2011 Photographs by Edward
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December 17, 2012
ICEGATORS COME FROM BEHIND TO BEAT HUNTSVILLE, 6-5
Huntsville, Alabama—All season long, IceGators head coach Kevin Kaminski has emphasized to his team the importance of playing a full 60 minutes of hockey. Tonight, they did just that. His squad overcame a 5-2 third-period deficit by scoring four goals in the third to beat the Huntsville Havoc 6-5. Each of the Gators goals was scored by a different player. In all, eleven Louisiana players would put up points during the contest.
“Wow!” exclaimed Kaminski after the game. “They played their heart out. They stayed mentally tough throughout the game.” Kaminski added, “This is the biggest win of the year. We have to grow from this and realize what we can do.”
The Havoc controlled the momentum from the game’s outset. Brandon Richardson and Jonathon LaFrance scored within three minutes of each other to make the game 2-0 halfway through the first period. The IceGators would get on the board at the 16:33 mark when Jordan Oye scored on assists from Shawn McNeil and August Aiken. Louisiana would tie the game when McNeil, off of assists from Oye and Tyler Lyon, scored less than a minute into the second period. Goals from Brandon Richardson and Dennis Sicard would give Huntsville a 4-2 lead heading into the second intermission. Sicard tacked on another goal six minutes into the third, giving Huntsville a three-goal lead. As the midway point of the third approached, the IceGators offense finally hit its stride. Lyon opened the flurry with a powerplay goal at the 9:36 mark of the period. Jason Hill would add a powerplay goal of his own three minutes later. Tobias Carlsson gave the Gators their first lead of the night when he scored off of feeds from Alex Morton and Phil Crea with 3:27 remaining in the game. Robert Short would score the game winner, high over the glove of the Havoc goalie, with just over a minute left in the contest.
Kaminski gave his team some motivation to step up their game in the third period. “I told them that if we didn’t win, we were skating as soon as the bus rolled in tomorrow morning,” he said. “I guess they didn’t want to skate in wet gear as soon as we got off the bus.”
The IceGators will now prepare for a rematch of last Thursday’s game against the Pensacola IceFlyers. That contest will take place this Thursday night in the Cajundome.