By Gene Coleman, Biloxi Sun Herald
BILOXI -- Goalie Dan Clarke had 37 saves as the Mississippi Surge played a strong defensive game to beat the Louisiana IceGators 2-1 on Saturday night.
The Surge scored first at 8:11 when Payden Benning took the puck from the boards and passed it to Corey Tamblyn who was left of goalie Riley Gill and slapped it in for the lead.
Tempers flared in the second period with three fights bringing ample excitement to a scoreless period. Penalties kept the Surge on their heels for most of the second period. Their defense was strong, though, and withstood four penalty kills. Their defense and Clarke denied 11 shots on goal in the second.
Action was high in the third period and tempers continued to flare. The Gators erupted in the third period with 21 shots on goal. The Surge clung to a one-point lead until Jay Silva's goal at 12:42 made the score 2-0. Jarkko Leppanen and Reid Edmondson assisted on the goal.
Surge fans' hopes for a shutout were dashed when Denny Kearney made an unassisted power play goal. When a Surge player lost his footing, Kearney took the puck behind the net and came around to slip it in the left side with just over a minute remaining.
The Surge had 26 shots on goal. They were 0-3 on power plays.