San Angelo bruiser Roger Maxwell gave the Ice Bats a
chance to take over the game early. Austin gave the
Outlaws too many chances to win it.
Second-period goals by Jarret Metz and Paul Vincent
broke open a 2-1 contest, and the 'Laws hung on behind
goaltender Clint Owen to take down Austin 5-2.
The Bats were up 1-0 on a tally by Brett Seguin when
Maxwell, who'd been dive-bombed by Austin's Bryan McMullen
after his illegal hit in Saturday's tilt between these
same teams, bumped McMullen for a goaltender interference
penalty at 8:44 of the first. Austin was unable to convert.
Four minutes later, Maxwell cross-checked Bats defenseman
Dominic Periard, then roughed him after the initial
call. But San Angelo's Jason Abel was the only player
who scored during the double-minor, skating in shorthanded
on McMullen while Periard tied up with Kori Davison
to make it 1-1 at 14:13.
"You don't excel on the power play every time, but we
could have been up 2-0, 3-0 right off the hop," Ice
Bats coach Brent Hughes said.
At 18:21 of the first period, Maxwell planted himself
in the Austin crease and tipped in a pass out of the
corner. Then he pumped both fists and kneed McMullen
in the chest.
"That's the way I play," Maxwell said. "I'm a physical
guy. I want everyone out there thinking about me so
the other guys on my line can produce. Some nights guys
get the better of you, but tonight I had the last laugh,
I scored on him and we won."
San Angelo took a 3-1 lead at 5:15 of the second on
Metz's power-play goal.
Vincent and Daniel Chaput worked a "Sportscenter"-worthy
give-and-go to make it 4-1 at 8:45 of the second.
The Bats outshot the Outlaws 38-29, but the offense
couldn't catch a break, and never earned a steady stretch
of dominance. Dan Price had his goal-scoring streak
stopped at seven games, while Bobby Brown has not found
the net in nine.
"I think Owen got to us more than Maxwell did," Hughes
said. "We were frustrated at not being able to score.
Defensively we had a few breakdowns, but I thought we
battled hard. I wasn't upset with our play at all."
The Bats were without forward Jeff Greenlaw, and their
injured captain's fire was noticeably absent. The Outlaws
also had a void, as head coach Eddie Johnstone watched
the game from high up in the stands, an unusual decision
that left assistant Brent Scott to man the bench.
Ian Larocque scored the second Austin goal at 7:05 of