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Smiley, Mississippi Surge blank Louisiana, 5-0

Mississippi Coast Coliseum     Fri, Mar 22, 2013

Mississippi Surge used a sparkling performance by Kiefer Smiley to take down the Louisiana IceGators, as the netminder did not allow a goal in Mississippi Surge's 5-0 shutout victory.

Louisiana's power play was ineffective against Mississippi Surge's penalty kill, which allowed zero goals while shorthanded.

Mississippi Surge was led by Adam Stuart, who racked up one goal. Stuart scored on the power play 11:41 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Mississippi Surge. Mississippi Surge had taken the advantage when the IceGators' Marc Andre Carre got sent off for unsportsmanlike conduct. Nathan Oke provided the assist.

Mississippi Surge racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with nine minors and two majors for 38 minutes in penalty time. Mississippi Surge had been averaging 22.0 minutes in penalties per game. Mississippi Surge excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in six chances. Mississippi Surge featured an improved defense during the game. Mississippi Surge averages 2.8 goals allowed per game. Mississippi Surge bested its season scoring average. Mississippi Surge averages 2.7 goals per game. Mississippi Surge's offense was clicking better than usual and put 40 shots on goal during the game, better than the 20.5 shots per game it averages.

Mississippi Surge additionally got points from Matt Gordon, who also registered one goal and one assist, Kyle VanderMale, who also tallied one goal and one assist, and Oke, who also had one goal and one assist. Reid Edmondson also scored for Mississippi Surge. More assists for Mississippi Surge came via Matt Ridley, who had three and Kevin Hamel, Brandon Coccimiglio, and Jeff Grant, who each chipped in one.

Louisiana was often in penalty trouble, totaling eight minors and two majors for 56 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 20.0 minutes per game the IceGators had been spending in the box. Louisiana was held below its usual level of production. The IceGators put an average of 3.1 pucks into the net per game. Louisiana put 32 shots on net during the contest, more than the 24.9 it averages per game.

The IceGators were led by Matthew Robertson, who took five shots.

Kiefer Smiley made 32 saves for Mississippi Surge on 32 shots. Mississippi Surge registered one goal on five power play opportunities. Dustin Carlson took the loss and made 15 saves before being replaced by Breton Lindoff who made 20 saves. Louisiana ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Carre was ejected from the game.