HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Despite starting the game with two of their top players out with injuries and ending the game with another two hurt, the Louisiana IceGators snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Huntsville Havoc 5-2 on Saturday night.
Geordie Wudrick and Blake Hietala each scored twice to lead the way.
“We got a great team win tonight with a depleted squad,” IceGators coach Drew Omcioli said. “We started the game short with (defenseman Eric) Tallent and (forward Dylan) Hood out. Then, we had to finish with (goalie Adam) Courchaine and (defenseman Ben) Kramer battling injuries.
“Hietala played his best game of the year, and I think Wudrick was equally as good. Our defensive core and our goaltending did their jobs. The offense overpowered the opponent. It was a great overall performance.”
Wudrick and Hietala notched their first goals in the first period, giving Louisiana a 2-0 advantage heading into the first intermission. John Daniels and Hietala added two more goals early in the second period to put the IceGators ahead 4-0 with 12:52 left in the period.
Huntsville finally got on the scoreboard at the 7:26 mark of the second period when Dave Williams scored. Wudrick scored his second goal at the midway point of the third period to put the IceGators ahead 5-2.
The Havoc cut the deficit to three with a Dylan Nowakowski power-play goal with 6:27 left in regulation, but the IceGators held the Havoc at bay from there.
The IceGators return to action Friday when they visit the Pensacola Ice Flyers. Game time is 7:05 p.m.