Peoria, Ill. — The Louisiana IceGators finally caught a break.
After blowing a two-goal lead in the third period, the IceGators responded in overtime to take a 3-2 road victory over the Peoria Rivermen. Jake Hauswirth scored the game-winner off an Alex Hudson helper 68 seconds into the extra frame.
The IceGators and the Rivermen meet again at 7:05 p.m. Saturday in the Peoria River Center.
“It’s a great team victory for the boys,” IceGators coach Drew Omicioli said. “They fought the whole game, and they were rewarded at the end. Unfortunately, a controversial goal led us to overtime, but we stayed positive, and (Hauswirth) sniped a key goal for us. It’s an overall great win.”
The IceGators dominated the first period. Stephen Buco put Louisiana on the board at the 5:23 mark, when he scored off an Eric Tallent assist. Geordie Wudrick gave the IceGators a two-goal lead nine minutes into the frame with a score off feeds from Jeremy Boyer and Stephen Buco.
The Rivermen wedged their way back into the game during the third period. Dan Bremner cut the Peoria deficit to a goal when he scored at the 8:08 mark. Terrence Wallin and Garrett Vermeersch assisted on the play. Luke Sandler tied the game off helpers from Vermeersch and Mike Donnellan with 2:20 left in regulation.