IceGators Blow Lead Against Havoc, Lose Second Straight
Louisiana IceGators head coach Kevin Kaminski likened his team to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde following Wednesday night’s loss to Pensacola.
The IceGators showed that split personality again Friday night.
After enjoying a 4-3 lead late in the third period, Louisiana gave up two goals to Nick Lazorko, including the game winner, en route to a 6-4 loss to the Huntsville Havoc.
Louisiana (16-9-3) and Huntsville (14-11-1) will meet again Saturday afternoon in the Cajundome. Game time is set for 3:05 p.m.
“Obviously, we weren’t good enough,” said Kaminski. “We had too many defensive breakdowns. We tried to do too much instead of sticking to the game plan. We got beat in one-on-one battles.
““It’s not that we aren’t working hard. It’s that we aren’t working smart. We have to be much more disciplined on the ice. We had too many penalties, and too many turnovers that led to odd-man rushes. We were all out there trying to do our own thing.”
The teams traded goals during the first two periods.
Adam Stuart put the IceGators on the board first at the 4:46 mark of the first period off assists from Matt Robertson and Shawn McNeil.
Dominic Osman tied the game three minutes later on a power play. Paul Kurceba assisted.
Bret Peppler put the IceGators ahead 2-1 with an un assisted goal at the 9:09 mark of the frame.
However, Huntsville evened the score two minutes later with a Stuart Stefan goal. Justin Fox and Mike Gertler picked up assists on the play.
Louisiana closed out the first period with a McNeil goal at the 14:13 mark. Jason Cohen assisted on the score.
Kurceba tied the game with the only goal of the second period. The unassisted score came at the 10:51 mark of the frame.
McNeil gave the IceGators a 4-3 lead with 9:01 left in the game off a Matt Robertson assist.
Huntsville roared back with two consecutive Lazorko goals to take a 5-4 lead. Ray Ortiz added a short-handed empty-netter with 15 seconds left in the contest.
Kaminski says his team can right the ship by remembering one simple rule.
“Keep it simple, stupid,” Kaminski said. “That’s what we have to do–stick to the game plan and do the job assigned to you.”
Kaminski said on-ice communication must improve between his players.
“Things would be so much easier if the guys talked on the ice,” Kaminski said. “The third goal we gave up was the result of miscommunication between Zenzola and the defense.
“Once again, it comes down to how bad the guys want to win.”