A night after suffering a bus breakdown and then a beating at the hands of the Pensacola Ice Flyers, the Louisiana IceGators entered the Cajundome with a ton of pent-up rage.
They unleashed that rage on the Columbus Cottonmouths.
The IceGators jumped to a two-goal lead in the second period en route to a 3-1 victory. Zac Frischmon and Jeremy Boyer contributed a goal and an assist each for Louisiana.
“Overall, I’m pleased with the two points,” IceGators coach Drew Omicioli said. “Columbus battled hard, and it was a dog fight to the finish, but we need to get to two-goal leads and extend them to three-, four-, and five-goal leads instead of putting ourselves in situations where we’re one shot away from losing a game.”
Frischmon put Louisiana on the board 61 seconds into the second period off feeds from Boyer and Travis Armstrong. That line struck again nearly 11 minutes later, when Boyer scored off assists from Frischmon and Luke Sandler.
Columbus cut the IceGators’ lead to a goal with 9:10 remaining in the game when Chris Rial scored a power-play goal off assists from Rusty Hafner and Tyler Henry.
The IceGators appeared to take a 3-1 lead with about five minutes left when Frischmon muscled the puck past goalie Brandon Jaeger, but the referee waved off the goal, citing goaltender interference.
Louisiana rebounded moments later: Jake Hauswirth scored with 2:26 left off assists from Alex Hudson and John Daniels to take a seal the win.
The IceGators return to action Sunday when they take on Macon. Game time is set for 3:05 p.m.