Robbie Nowinski scored four goals, and Brady Lefferts added three to lead the Arizona Icecats to a 12-7 victory over Saint Louis on Friday night at Tucson Convention Center.
The Icecats' victory was the 600th of coach Leo Golembiewski's career.
Golembiewski, who achieved 600 wins in only 804 games since founding the Icecats, said the milestone was not something he had talked about with his team.
"I'm glad it's out of the way," he said, as the accomplishment was announced to the departing crowd.
Nowinski said he was completely unaware of his coach's bid for 600 until after the game.
Golembiewski and Nowinski both seemed more concerned about improving the Icecats' slumping record, which improved to 6-9-1.
"This is the least amount of success I've had in my whole life," said Nowinski, the Icecats senior captain. "This year has been really hard."
Starting late in the first period, Nowinski did his best to single-handedly revive his slumping team.
After a St. Louis goal which cut Arizona's lead to 2-1, Nowinski turned a 14-second old power play into his team's third goal.
Nowinski then another power-play goal at 1:42 of the second period and an even-strength one-timer less than three minutes later, giving himself a hat trick and his team a 5-1 lead.
Although Arizona had only five wins in its first 15 games before the holiday break, Nowinski said he thinks a meeting the team had on Thursday night could turn the season around.
"I think the meeting really brought our team together," Nowinski said.
St. Louis scored four of the final five goals in the second period, cutting Arizona's lead to 6-5 at the second break.
"Five-to-one lead, blew that; 6-3 lead, blew that. So it was important to get our act together," Golembiewski said.
After St. Louis scored early in the third to tie the game at 6, Arizona scored six straight goals to build a 12-6 lead.
"We have 12 games left, and I think we have a good opportunity to pull them all out," Nowinski said.
• What: Saint Louis at Icecats
• When: 7:30 p.m.