Nov 11, 2012 12:12 AM by IceGators
Lafayette, Louisiana--Marc André Carre was sick to his stomach before taking the ice against the Mississippi RiverKings. He was nervous, as Saturday marked his first game since suffering a back injury during the preseason. Carre's nerves turned to steel late in the contest. He scored the first of three unanswered goals in the third period and scored the game winner in a shootout to cap off a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the RiverKings.
According to Carre, he blocked out the nerves and focused on the task at hand. "I didn't try to focus on scoring," he said. "I just wanted to go out and play well. Between the second and third (periods), I told myself I could play better, be more focused, and make better plays on the ice."
Carre also downplayed his contributions to the comeback. "I made simple plays," he said.
The victory puts the IceGators (5-1) in first place in the SPHL standings. They return to the ice next Friday at 7:05 P. M. when they host the Huntsville Havoc in the Cajundome.
IceGators head coach Kevin Kaminski, who watched the game from the stands due to his three-game suspension, described this victory as a "character win." "We didn't show up in the first period," he said. "We generated all their offense in the first period. We gave them everything for free."
During that horrendous first frame, the IceGators turned the puck over 27 times and only took one shot on goal. Goaltender Riley Gill was uncharacteristically porous, giving up goals to Todd Hosmer, Patrick Gaul, and Darrell Stoddard within four minutes of each other.
"We had dangle-itis in the neutral zone," Kaminski said when describing his team's turnovers. "We took the softer, easier way out. It was like we were out for a Sunday skate."
The teams traded goals in the second period. Matt Robertson put the IceGators on the board at the 5:00 minute mark before Matt Whitehead responded to give the RiverKings another three-goal lead. The IceGators woke up in the third. Denny Kearney followed Carre's goal with back-to-back scores to tie the game at 4-4. Robert Short and Carre scored in the shootout for Louisiana, while Kyle Lundale scored for Mississippi (3-2-1).
Kaminski says his players are exuding an attitude that is driving them to success. "I can see the care factor for these guys is extremely high," he said. "The guys are all chipping in and are playing more confidently and are believing in themselves. Now we need to get some rest and get healthy."