Feb 10, 2013 12:12 AM by IceGators
Huntsville, Alabama--For the third time this week, a Louisiana IceGator goaltender recorded a shutout. The difference in this game was man between the pipes. Dustin Carlson stopped 35 Huntsville Havoc shots to lead Louisiana to a 3-0 victory--the IceGators' fifth consecutive win. Riley Gill, who recorded the other two shutouts this week, was rested.
The IceGators return home for the first two games of next week's schedule. The IceGators host the Pensacola IceFlyers Thursday, while the Mississippi RiverKings come to the Cajundome on Friday. Both games start at 7:05 P. M.
"That was a gutsy, greasy 60-minute road win," IceGators coach Kevin Kaminski said. "The guys were committed and sacrificed their bodies to make it a great week with four wins in five nights."
"Dustin Carlson was very solid," Kaminski continued. "He made himself big. He challenged the shooters and controlled his rebounds."
Carlson had to be "big," especially early in the contest. The IceGator offense sputtered early on, as Huntsville outshot Louisiana 27-14 in the first two periods. Carlson was assisted by a stingy IceGator defense and penalty kill unit, which held off five Huntsville powerplays.
The IceGator offense began to hit its stride after a scoreless first period. Kevin Brojek opened the scoring on a powerplay goal at the 7:42 mark of the second period. Shawn McNeil tacked on two more goals--one later in the second and another on a powerplay in the third--to give the IceGators a comfortable lead.
Kaminski says he can see his team maturing as the season progresses. "The character and heart on this team keeps growing," he said. "We played three men short tonight, and the boys laid everything on the line. Now we need to get some rest and get ready for three games in three nights."