After losing three consecutive games and falling out of first place, the Ice Dogs were happy to see the Minnesota Moose as their opponent Sunday at the Sports Arena.
And it wasn't only because of the Bullwinkle-with-a-hockey-stick logo.
The Ice Dogs scored four goals in the second period to overpower the Moose, 6-2, in front of an announced 3,092 and move back into first place in the IHL's Southwest Division.
Patrick Augusta scored two goals to lead the Ice Dogs. Dwayne Norris added a goal and had two assists.
The key difference? Speed, size and talent mostly, but Los Angeles had 15 power-play opportunities and scored on three of them. That meant the puck was in Minnesota's end for most of the game. The Moose had only nine power-play opportunities and scored on two.