Johnny Daniels’ first professional hat trick was overshadowed by an ugly brawl with 15 seconds remaining in the Louisiana IceGators’ 5-2 win over the Peoria Rivermen at the Peoria Civic Center on Satuday Night.
IceGators forward Tyler Barr precipitates the game-ending hostilities with an exchange with Terrence Wallin in the face-off circle after Daniels’ empty net goal with 27 seconds remaining. Barr then skates across the ice and boards Alex Hagaman from behind at the center stripe by the team benches. Ben Oksroba then drops the gloves with Barr in front of the IceGators’ bench.
Anthony Pisano then joins in the fray, pummeling Oksroba on the ice, then Chris Weidauer – punching both players as they were down on the ice and after attempting to be separated by a linesman. Barr and Pisano would get ejected for the remainder of the game for the IceGators; Oksroba and Rivermen captain Dan Bremner also received game misconducts. Pisano’s ejection was a match penalty for an attempt to injure. Pisano’s match penalty will result in an automatic one-game suspension and likely many more after a league review.
On Sunday morning, the SPHL handed down preliminary suspensions to IceGators coach Drew Omicioli, Barr, and Pisano. Peoria’s Adam Stuart received a suspension for throwing a water bottle into the IceGators’ bench. It’s likely that the SPHL will drop a lengthy suspension on Pisano and two to three games for Barr for their actions.
It’s unfortunate, because we should be talking about a great effort from the IceGators and Johnny Daniels’ hat trick. The IceGators and Rivermen will finish their weekend series today at 3:05pm.

Game Recap

Power Plays

Scoring Summary

1st Period
Louisiana – John Daniels (Jeremy Boyer) 10:10
Louisiana – John Daniels (Geordie Wudrick) 13:47
2nd Period
Louisiana – Geordie Wudrick (Jake Hauswirth) 8:14
Peoria – Alec Hagaman (power play) (Mike Gurtler, Tim Hall) 16:59
Louisiana – Dylan Hood (Jeremy Boyer) 19:58
3rd Period
Peoria – Adam Stuart (power play) (Tim Hall, Dan Bremner) 5:17
Louisiana – John Daniels (empty net) (unassisted) 19:35

The Sin Bin’s Three Stars

★ – Johnny Daniels, IceGators
★★ – Geordie Wudrick, IceGators
★★★ – Adam Courchaine​, IceGators

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