LAFAYETTE, La. — Chad Bennett scored a pair of goals to lead the Columbus Cottonmouths to a 5-3 victory over the Louisiana Ice Gators on Sunday at the Cajun Dome.
Rusty Hafner scored the first goal for Columbus at 10:11 of the first period. Andy Bathgate and Dylen McKinlay had the assists.
McKinlay scored at 1:38 of the second for a 2-0 lead. Bathgate and Kyle Shapiro had the assists.
After Louisiana tied the game, Bennett scored the first of his two at 11:03 of the second for a 3-2 lead.
Tyler Henry had the assist.
Shapiro scored at 4:42 of the third period for a 4-2 lead. Henry and Bennett had the assists.
Louisiana got within one midway through the final period, but Columbus held on. Bennett sealed it with an empty net goal at 19:38.
Shannon Szabados got the win in goal, stopping 25 of 28 shots.
The win snapped a 2-game losing streak for the Snakes. They are three points behind Macon for the final playoff berth in the SPHL. Columbus (16-21-7) had 39 points, while Macon has 42.
The Snakes travel to face Knoxville on Friday, then return home to host Pensacola on Sunday.