Peoria , Ill.—For the second night in a row, the Louisiana IceGators relied on solid goaltending and 60 minutes of steady play to beat the Peoria Rivermen 5-2 on Saturday.
Johnny Daniels, who returned to the IceGators lineup following an injury, put on a scoring clinic, recording a hat trick to lead Louisiana. Goaltender Adam Courchaine was masterful between the pipes once again, stopping 40 Peoria shots.
The IceGators and the Rivermen will face off in the third game of the series at 3:05 p.m. Sunday.
“Another great team win for us tonight,” IceGators head coach Drew Omicioli said. “I was beyond pleased with our effort. I felt we controlled the tempo. Overall, we played hard and got the result we wanted.”
Daniels scored his first two goals within four minutes span to put Louisiana ahead 2-0.
The second period was a see-saw battle. Geordie Wudrick put Louisiana ahead by three when he scored off a Jake Hauswirth helper at the 8:14 mark. Peoria’s Alec Hagaman capitalized on a power play to put the Rivermen on the board with 3:01 left in the middle frame. Louisiana responded quickly, as Dylan Hood scored with two seconds left in the period to give Louisiana a 4-1 lead.
Former IceGator Adam Stuart cut the Peoria deficit to two goals on a power play score five minutes into the third period. Courchaine’s goaltending kept the Rivermen at bay the rest of the game.
Daniels tacked on an empty-netter with three seconds left in the contest to complete his hat trick.