IceGators Blow 2-Goal Lead, Fall to IceFlyers

By: Ian Auzenne

December 22, 2011

IceGators Blow 2-Goal Lead, Fall to IceFlyers

Lafayette, LouisianaThe second verse is the same as the first. For the second week in a row, the Louisiana IceGators drop a lead midway through the game and lose to the Pensacola IceFlyers on their home ice. The IceGators led 2-0 before allowing three unanswered goals to lose to the Pensacola IceFlyers 3-2.

“We were up 2-0, and we thought it was going to be a point night,” said IceGators head coach Kevin Kaminski after the game. “We got too fancy. We had a couple of odd-man rushes, but we never got a shot off. That’s when you have to keep playing greasy. You’ve got them down. You have to keep kicking.”

The IceGators were kicking early in the contest. Brayden Metz opened the scoring five minutes into the game with a shot from in front of the net. Tobias Carlsson and Jason Hill assisted on the play. August Aiken scored off of assists from Kevin Beauregard and Shawn McNeil two minutes into the second period to give the Gators a 2-0 lead. After that, Pensacola took control of the game. Ryan Salvis and Mike Carter scored within 44 seconds of each other midway through the second to tie the score. An unassisted Matthew Robertson goal at the 14:05 mark of the third period would turn out to be the game winner.

“We generated all three of their offense,” said Kaminski. “We turned the puck over right to them. If we were allowed to pick up assists on their goals, we would have picked up a bunch of them.” Kaminski added that his team will need mental toughness to turn around from this loss to play another game in less than 24 hours. “We have to demand work ethic,” he said. “We have to demand winning ways. We have to find ways to win instead of ways to lose.”

The IceGators now travel to Southaven, Mississippi, for a Friday night contest against the Mississippi RiverKings. The next game at the Frozen Swamp takes place Monday night, when the IceGators host the Mississippi Surge for “Monday Madness.” The price for 200-level adult tickets will be $10. 200-level tickets for children 12 and under will cost $5. Monday’s game is scheduled to start at 7:05 P. M. 

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