LAFAYETTE — Macon’s version of Mayhem created chaos for the Louisiana IceGators on Saturday night.
The Mayhem scored twice in each of the first two periods to grab a four-goal lead on the way to a 4-1 victory at the Cajundome.
The Gators’ mission had been to keep Macon in last place in the league. With the loss, Louisiana (7-10-3) dropped into a tie with Macon (17 points).
“We lost 90 to 95 percent of the individual battles,” IceGators coach Drew Omicioli said. “It doesn’t matter what team in the league you are playing — we let a team outwork us. We got outworked in front of a great crowd. Guys that should be leading have to lead by character and example.”
Former IceGator Jake Trask got the Mayhem on the board with a long shot that beat goalie Brad Barone high nine minutes into the game. Center Mike Montagna doubled the Macon advantage with 7:33 left. The margin in shots on goal at the end of the period was 12-8, but the gap played out in other ways.
“The first goal was off a faceoff play,” Omicioli said. “We can’t allow that to get in the back of the net. “The second goal, we have two defensemen back, but we allow a goal in a 1-on-2 situation.”
The Mayhem (7-10-3) made hay in the second period thanks to a pair of power-play goals. Ryan Michel and Shawn Skelly cashed in those chances, with the first coming in the opening minute and Skelly’s shot finding the back of the net with 2:51 remaining.
“We made two mistakes on our penalty kill, and our power play is getting outworked,” Omicioli said. “Four guys (for the opponent) outworking five guys is entirely frustrating.”
Alex Vazzano came in for Barone in the final 20 minutes. Vazzano stopped all six shots he faced.
“I thought Barone played well,” Omicioli said. “He is making key saves for us. I just wanted to give them a new look (in Vazzano).”
Meanwhile, Garrett Bartus stopped 28 of 29 IceGators shots to get the win.
“We are passing up opportunities,” Omicioli said. “You look at guys like Skelly and Trask for them. ... They will shoot it from the parking lot. We put ourselves in position to get shots off, but then we are trying to be too cute.”
The teams will conclude their series at 3:05 p.m. Sunday at the Cajundome.