Mar 8, 2014 12:07 AM by IceGators Media Relations
Lafayette, La.--It was a frustrating Friday for the Louisiana IceGators.
The IceGators fell behind 3-0 in the first period en route to a 5-2 defeat against the Pensacola IceFlyers. Ryan Salvis, John Dunbar, and Tyler Amburgey each contributed a goal and two assists during the game.
The two teams meet in a rematch in the Cajundome Saturday night. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m.
"We lost the game in the first period," IceGator head coach Kevin Kaminski said. "Our preparation and focus at the start of the game weren't there. We didn't skate, we couldn't get the puck deep, and we didn't finish our checks. We can't turn the puck over against a team as good as [Pensacola], and we did that tonight."
" At times, we played well. We outshot them 13-5 in the second period. But we aren't supposed to give them anything for free, and we gave them four free goals."
Amburgey opened the scoring at the 2:20 mark of the first period. Eleven minutes later, Dunbar scored on a breakaway. Corey Banfield capped off the opening frame with a goal of his own at the 16:24 mark.
Jeremy Boyer recovered a turnover and scored at the 6:34 mark of the second period to make the score 3-1.
Pensacola regained the three-goal early in the third when Salvis scored at the 1:49 mark.
Ron Cramer made the score 4-2 five minutes later when he scored from the right point.
Brett Lutes ended the IceGator's comeback attempt with 8:33 left in the game when he scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway opportunity.
"Every time we scored a goal and picked up momentum, we either gave them breakaways or two-on-ones or something else," Kaminski said.
The IceGators' frustration boiled over in the waning seconds of the game. Several melees began in the IceGator zone in the final 30 seconds of regulation. In the end, three players from each team were sent off for fighting.
Kaminski says his team needs to play as a unit and play according to the team's systems to have a shot at winning Saturday.
"We have to play hard, smart, and disciplined," Kaminski said. "We have to execute the game plan. We need to have all 18 guys on the same page against a good club. Otherwise, it's not going to work. We have to win more battles. We need to be more hungry in the net front and get more traffic in front of the best goalie in the league [Ross MacKinnon]."