Tied 2-2 in a Two Overtime Game
by Jason Cohen
to know what big assists are made of? Ask Dan Price,
normally a scorer.
Austin winger made a great individual effort to set
up Brett Seguin with the winner at 10:15 of double overtime,
giving the Ice Bats a 4-3 triumph over the Laredo Bucks
in Game Four of the Central Hockey League Southern Conference
record 8214 fans at the Laredo Entertainment Center
saw the Bats regain home ice advantage in the series,
which is now tied 2-2. Game 5 is in Austin Friday night.
more than an hour of scoreless hockey, Price, in the
Laredo zone, whipped himself past the left post and
faked a wraparound, shaking off Jonah Leroux as he headed
for the slot. Amidst the tangle in front of Bucks goaltender
Lance Leslie, his backhander went in off Seguin's shoulder.
been a hard fought series," Ice Bats coach Brent
Hughes said. "Three out of four games in overtime,
it's been draining. It was a huge hockey game for the
Austin Ice Bats to win tonight, that's for sure."
was 1-1 midway through the first period when Rob Stanfield
(holding) and Chris Grenville (high-sticking) gave the
Bats 80 seconds of five-on-three.
only needed 18. Leslie slid to stop a Seguin blast from
in between the points, allowing Gerald Tallaire to pop
the puck into a mostly open net at 10:20 of the first.
Bats got another two-man edge when Matt Van Horlick
went away for boarding Kelly Smart at 11:40, 22 seconds
before Grenville was to return.
time, the lamp flashed red in 13 seconds. Price's second
goal of the playoffs, assisted by Mike Gaffney and Brett
Seguin, gave the Bats a 3-1 lead.
got off to a great start, we capitalized on the chances
that we got, but they're a great offensive hockey club,"
Hughes said. "We can never let our guard down,
as soon as we do the puck is in our net."
while the Bats killed off four straight Laredo power
plays and have kept Bucks stars Grenville and Eric Schneider
mostly off the board, they couldn't shut down Morten
Ask. At 5:38 of the second, the Swedish center, who
would later leave the game with an injury, took a drop
pass from Schneider above the circles and drove the
rubber home, using Austin's defensemen as a screen.
3-2 the Bucks stepped up their attack, and at 9:14 of
the second, Stefan Keski-Kungas' point shot from the
right circle was deflected in by a camped-out Joey Sewell.
in the second, Bats goalie Matt Barnes stopped a Grenville/Schneider
point-blank rush, while Leslie and the Bucks penalty-killers
frustrated the Austin power play on two consecutive
opportunities early in the third.
also failed to cash in on a Laredo too-many-men early
in the first overtime, while Bucks coach Terry Ruskowski
put his hands over his eyes, pantomiming referee Gord
Dwyer's vision, when Jeff Petruic got yanked down with
the puck in front of him not long after that.
made an incredible stick-side save on Smart's rebound
of a Lardner shot with under five minutes left in the
Laredo's biggest flashpoint was a goal that never was,
with just over eight minutes remaining in that same
period. Barnes was falling backwards after a save when
Dwyer blew the whistle, and while it may seem unfair
that the referee lost sight of the puck, because he
did so, and because he blew the whistle, Dave Gilmore's
subsequent tap-in was a moot point.
blueliner Patrick Brownlee opened up the scoring at
3:26 of the first, carrying the puck across the blue
line and around Van Horlick to set up a two-on-none
that Tab Lardner finished at the far post.
seconds later it was 1-1, as Keski-Kungas notched his
first-ever goal in a Laredo sweater.The Swedish defenseman
fed Andy Lundbohm in front, then swooped into the slot
to slide the rebound past a fallen Barnes.