The Louisiana IceGators used last weekend’s disastrous home series against the Macon Mayhem as motivation during Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Mayhem at the Macon Centreplex.
Blake Hietala scored the winning goal on a third-period power play. Adam Courchaine, who returned to the IceGators this week following a stint with the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals, was spectacular, stopping 18 of 20 shots.
The IceGators now head west for a Saturday night contest against the Mississippi RiverKings in Southaven. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.
“This was our best game of the season,” IceGators coach Drew Omicioli said. “We put together a full 60-minute effort, and it paid off in the end.”
The Mayhem started the game by picking up where they left off last weekend, jumping out to a 2-0 in the first period. Nick Grasso scored a power-play goal off assists from former IceGators Jake Trask and Shawn Skelly 4:36 in. Daniel Gentzler tacked on another score 10 minutes later.
The IceGators bounced back in the second period, tying the score less than nine minutes in. Nicholas Kuquali scored his first goal of the season 3 1/2 minutes into the frame off assists from Luke Sandler and Tyler Barr to put Louisiana on the board. Geordie Wudrick knotted the score at 8:26, scoring off assists from Dylan Hood and Benjamin Rubin.
The winning goal came 9:56 into the third period. The IceGators took advantage of a power-play opportunity resulting from a slashing call against Skelly, taking the lead on a Blake Hietala goal.
It was only the fifth time that the IceGators had scored a goal during a man advantage all season. Brad Bourke and John Daniels assisted on the play.