A night after being pushed around the ice by Arizona State, the Icecats shoved back on Saturday.
Arizona scored three times in both the second and third periods to take the second game of the series 8-6. Cody Morin, Brandon Robinson and Jordan Schupan each had two goals.
Coach Leo Golembiewski said the win came after an hour-long meeting with goaltender Nick Boddy at 2 a.m. Saturday in which they discussed changing the lines once again this season.
"I said 'I'm going to change everything except the third line,' " Golembiewski said. "We pressed the right buttons."
Arizona (5-9-1) rallied three times in a game that featured five ties, multiple shoving matches, an injured official and an inspired Icecat performance in the third period.
It looked as though it would turn into another romp for Arizona State after the first period. The Sun Devils took control early in the contest with a pair of goals in the first 12 minutes of the game and looked for more early in the second.
But a shoving match between Boddy and Arizona State's Matthew Mackey near the Arizona goal served as the Icecats' catalyst for the remainder of the game.
Shortly after penalties were assessed to both teams, Morin and Robbie Nowinski scored within nine seconds of each other — at the 19:00 and 18:51 marks of the second period.
"Boddy's been what has held this team together the whole season," said Schupan. "It (upset us) having someone in his face and motivated us to go out there and support him. He deserves it."
Tied at 4-4 at the start of the third, the Icecats jumped out to a 6-4 advantage on goals by Morin and Robinson, only to see the Sun Devils tie it.
But with 2:29 remaining, Nowinski found Schupan open on a two-on-one breakaway, who put it in the net for a 7-6 lead.
"We were short-handed but got a good bounce of the puck out of the zone," Schupan said. "He made the goalie think he was going to shoot and gave me a perfect pass back door that I couldn't miss."
Arizona will be off until Jan. 9, when it hosts Saint Louis and looks to give Golembiewski one more win for his 600th victory.
"This was a huge win and we needed this kind of effort," he said. "It was a nice way to cap the first semester and I think it's going to make the break a little easier."
• What: Saint Louis at Icecats
• Where: Tucson Convention Center
• When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9
• Radio: 1490-AM