LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana IceGators stayed alive in a win-or-go-home scenario Saturday night against Peoria with a 4-3 overtime win, setting them up to host the first game of a three-game series against the Knoxville (Tennessee) Ice Bears on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at the Cajundome
The IceGators (29-22-8) will get a chance at payback this week, as Knoxville (33-23-3) knocked them out of the Southern Professional Hockey League playoffs in the first round a year ago.
“It’s time for everybody to get on the IceGators bandwagon and be in the Cajundome on Wednesday night,” coach Drew Omicioli said in a news release.
The IceGators looked like their season was on life support in their third game of their first-round matchup against top-seeded Peoria.
The Rivermen jumped out to a 3-1 lead by the end of the first period. But Stephen Buco and Shawn McNeil scored in the second period to knot the game up at three goals apiece.
Goalie Scott Diebold played another tremendous game for Lousiana, stopping 36 of the Rivermen’s 39 shots on goal, including 10 in the third period.
Chris Wilson scored the game-winner at the 12:10 mark in the extra period.
The Ice Bears knocked off No. 2 seed Columbus to advance to the second round. The IceGators and Ice Bears met six times in the regular season, with Knoxville enjoying a 3-2-1 advantage in the season series.