Less than 24 hours after a final-period rally came up short, the Arizona Icecats got it right in the final game of a weekend series against Adrian College.
The Icecats (8-11-2) scored three goals in the third period Sunday afternoon and won 5-3 after rallying from a 3-2 deficit.
Arizona coach Leo Golembiewski said Saturday's 5-2 loss was "more than a moral victory," and Sunday was downright elated.
"This was a sweet victory for the guys," he said. "It had some of that old Icecat magic."
According to Golembiewski, a shift in Arizona's lineup on Saturday night helped spur the five-goal output on Sunday. Freshman Drew Halliday was moved to the second line with Brandon Robinson and Joe Del Rossi.
Meanwhile, defenseman Austin Capobianco moved to forward and responded with a pair of goals. While he said it has been years since focusing on the offensive side of the game, he's always had a mind for it.
"I've always wanted to be a forward but it was so much work," he said. "I like hitting and protecting the net and joining the play, but I realize I could add a defensive aspect to being a forward."
Early in the contest, it looked as though he would have to go back to playing defense. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Alex Norman and Jared Semple and maintained a 3-1 advantage in the second.
Arizona stormed back in the final period, however. Trailing 3-2, Zach Cherney tied it with a power-play goal at the 13:15 mark, and Halliday scored on a breakaway goal with 2:06 left in the game.
"It was an odd-man rush so we had the advantage," the freshman said of the go-ahead goal. "I didn't know if Robinson could get to the puck in time, but once he dove and tipped it, I saw the puck in the air and knew that it was a situation where you don't get a second chance."
It marked the second straight game that Halliday has scored in the third period.
The Icecats will be on the road for the next six games. They return to Tucson Convention Center on Feb. 20-21 to finish the regular season with games against Arizona State.