LAFAYETTE, LA – On January 25, 2013, the Louisiana IceGators and the Pensacola Ice Flyers decided a 1-1 tie after 65 minutes of hockey with a spectacular 12-round shootout in the Cajundome. The Ice Flyers would prevail in the shootout after defenseman Tyler Lyon failed to answer Tyler Soehner’s 12th round goal. The shootout was the longest-ever in the SPHL… until tonight.

Two players from that game, Pensacola’s Leo Thomas – now with the Mississippi RiverKings – and Louisiana’s Jeremy Boyer, would make history again Saturday night in the Cajundome. The IceGators and RiverKings played 65 minutes of scoreless hockey, with Louisiana’s Brad Barone and Mississippi’s Garrett Sheehan combining for 73 saves during the goalie duel. The game would go to an epic 15-round shootout that the IceGators would eventually prevail by Boyer’s stick. The IceGators took the game, 1-0.

Mississippi’s Charles Mosey opened the shootout by finally solving Barone with a forehand move that beat the Gators netminder high on the glove side. Boyer would answer in the shootout’s second round with a forehand move that tapped Sheehan’s water bottle. The RiverKings Linden Bahm and the Gators Dylan Hood traded goals in the third round, while Mississippi’s Devin Mantha would give the Kings a 3-2 lead after four rounds. IceGators forward Blake Hietala, with the game on the line in the fifth shootout round, would go five-hole on Sheehan to extend the shootout.

Barone and Sheehan would take over the shootout, as both netminders stopped the next 18 shooters. By the time the 14th round ended, the RiverKings were out of skaters to take shots. At this time, the shootout reset, and the teams were allowed to use skaters that have shot previously. RiverKings coach Derek Landmesser elected to go with Bahm, a shootout specialist who was three of four in shootout attempts. Instead of going with a forehand move that Bahm was successful with earlier in the shootout, he went to a backhand move that deflected off Barone’s leg pad. Louisiana coach Drew Omicioli brought Boyer back on for a second attempt. Boyer faked a toe drag, then snapped the puck quickly between Sheehan’s leg pads to score the deciding goal. Boyer became the first player in SPHL history to go 2-for-2 in a single shootout.

Shootout Summary

1 – Jake Hauswirth – no
2 – Jeremy Boyer – yes
3 – Dylan Hood – yes

4 – Geordie Wudrick – no
5 – Blake Hietala – yes
6 – Benjamin Rubin – no
7 – Luke Sandler – no
8 – John Daniels – no
9 – Alex Hudson – no
10 – Brad Bourke – no
11 – Tyler Barr – no
12 – Vladyslav Gavrik – no
13 – Travis Armstrong – no
14 – Patrick Harrison – no

15 – Jeremy Boyer – yes
1 – Charles Mosey – yes
2 – Leo Thomas – no
3 – Linden Bahm – yes
4 – Devin Mantha – yes

5 – Ian Young – no
6 – Dean Willmott – no
7 – Mark Pustin – no
8 – Luke Kasteel – no
9 – Ryan Marcuz – no
10 – Michael Beaudry – no
11 – Tim Boyle  no
12 – Matt Beer – no
13 – Mike Grace – no
14 – Corey Bellamy – no
15 – Linden Bahm – no

TSB’s Three Stars

★ – Brad Barone, Goaltender, Louisiana – 41 saves, 12/15 shootout saves
★★ – Garrett Sheehan, Goaltender, Mississippi – 32 saves, 11/15 shootout saves
★★★ – Jeremy Boyer, Forward, Louisiana – 2/2 shootout shots, GWG

Around The SPHL

Peoria Rivermen 7, Columbus Cottonmouths 1
Macon Mayhem 4, Fayetteville FireAntz 1
Huntsville Havoc 4, Knoxville Ice Bears 3 (OT)

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