Posted: Jan 9, 2013 2:27 PM by IceGators Media Relations
Updated: Jan 9, 2013 2:28 PM
The Cardiac Crocodilians did it again. This time, they took a different approach to give their fans a heart attack. Following a thrilling defensive clinic and goalie battle, the Louisiana IceGators edged past the Mississippi RiverKings in a 1-0 shootout decision. Matthew Robertson muscled a shot past RiverKings goalie David Wilson on the IceGators third shot in the shootout, while Shawn McNeil deked his way past Wilson on the next attempt to seal the deal.
The IceGators (17-8-1) are now tied for second place in the SPHL standings. They return to the Cajundome Friday night to take on the Pensacola IceFlyers (17-7-2) in a match to determine first place. Game time is 7:05 P. M.
"This is a great road win for us," said IceGators Coach Kevin Kaminski after the game. "We played two guys short, but we showed a lot of guts and character tonight."
Kaminski said it took his team the entire first period to find their legs, but once they did, they played solidly. "We were pretty flat for the first 20 minutes," he said. "Hats off to (goalie Riley) Gill for giving us momentum to win. He was phenomenal tonight. Both goalies were."
Kaminski is correct. The goalies forced the first scoreless regulation in the SPHL this season. IceGator goaltender Riley Gill stopped 38 shots in regulation and overtime--including 15 in the third period--to shut down a Mississippi offense averaging nearly three goals per game. Wilson stopped 27 shots from the IceGators, who themselves averaged just over three goals per game entering the contest.
Despite his team's sluggish offensive output tonight, Kaminski is pleased with their recent overall effort. "We're finding ways to win the really close games," he said. "That's a sign of them wanting to get the job done. Now we have to take first place Friday night."