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Mar 15, 2013 11:41 PM by IceGators

IceGators Win Second Straight Game over IceBears

Knoxville, Tennessee--At the beginning of their three week road trip, Louisiana IceGators coach Kevin Kaminski urged his players to be road warriors. For the second consecutive game, his team delivered. The IceGators got off to a hot start and never looked back, beating the Knoxville IceBears 4-2.

The victory expands the IceGators lead over the rest of the SPHL. Louisiana now has 73 points, with Fayetteville and Pensacola tied at behind them with 65 points. The IceGators can clinch the regular-season championship by winning two of their final four games.

"That was a solid 60 minutes of Gator hockey," Kaminski said. "We bent, but we didn't break. When we came close to breaking, [goalie Breton] Lindoff came up with some big and timely saves."

In addition to the outstanding goalie play, the IceGators special teams made a huge impact on the game. Louisiana went one-for-three on the man advantage and killed all four of Knoxville's powerplays.

"Not only is this a huge win for us," Kaminski added, "[but] it also puts us one step closer to home-ice advantage."

Jeremy Boyer gave the IceGators a 1-0 lead 90 seconds into the game, scoring off a Robert Short assist. Jeremy Klaver tied the score two minutes into the second frame off an Eric Satim feed.

Louisiana responded with two goals of their own in the frame. Kirk Byczynski scored on a powerplay, while Cody Zubko scored midway through the frame to give the IceGators a 3-1 advantage heading into the second intermission.

Satim cut the IceBears' deficit to one with a goal of his own early in the third period. Jordan Foreman gave the IceGators an insurance goal later in the frame.

The IceGators now travel to Georgia to take on the Augusta RiverHawks Saturday night. Even though the IceGators have had success against the RiverHawks this season, Kaminski knows his squad can't take anything for granted.

"We have to keep on rolling and be greedy to get wins," Kaminski said. "We have to keep our momentum going into the playoffs."
For the second consecutive game, his team delivered. The IceGators got off to a hot start and never looked back, beating the Knoxville IceBears 4-2.

The victory expands the IceGators lead over the rest of the SPHL. Louisiana now has 73 points, with Fayetteville and Pensacola tied at behind them with 65 points. The IceGators can clinch the regular-season championship by winning two of their final four games.

"That was a solid 60 minutes of Gator hockey," Kaminski said. "We bent, but we didn't break. When we came close to breaking, [goalie Breton] Lindoff came up with some big and timely saves."

In addition to the outstanding goalie play, the IceGators special teams made a huge impact on the game. Louisiana went one-for-three on the man advantage and killed all four of Knoxville's powerplays.

"Not only is this a huge win for us," Kaminski added, "[but] it also puts us one step closer to home-ice advantage."

Jeremy Boyer gave the IceGators a 1-0 lead 90 seconds into the game, scoring off a Robert Short assist. Jeremy Klaver tied the score two minutes into the second frame off an Eric Satim feed.

Louisiana responded with two goals of their own in the frame. Kirk Byczynski scored on a powerplay, while Cody Zubko scored midway through the frame to give the IceGators a 3-1 advantage heading into the second intermission.

Satim cut the IceBears' deficit to one with a goal of his own early in the third period. Jordan Foreman gave the IceGators an insurance goal later in the frame.

The IceGators now travel to Georgia to take on the Augusta RiverHawks Saturday night. Even though the IceGators have had success against the RiverHawks this season, Kaminski knows his squad can't take anything for granted.

"We have to keep on rolling and be greedy to get wins," Kaminski said. "We have to keep our momentum going into the playoffs."

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