Elmira Jackals vs. Evansville IceMen
Ford Center – Feb. 2, 2013 – 7:15 p.m.
The Evansville IceMen (17-26-4; 38) will host the Elmira Jackals (22-18-5; 48) for the second time this season. The IceMen are coming off a bruising victory over North Division rival Cincinnati Cyclones and look to climb closer toward playoff contention with a win tonight. The Jackals, currently in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, look to rebound following a decisive loss in Toledo last night. Evansville is (1-1-1) against Elmira this season.
EVA: Friday, Feb. 1 – W vs Cincinnati, 5-4 (OT/SO)
Brief Recap: History was made on Friday night as the Evansville IceMen won the first ever shootout in the existence of the Ford Center. Evansville defeated their North Division rival Cincinnati Cyclones in dramatic fashion, avenging a lopsided loss the last time these two heavyweights hit the ice. The ninth matchup between the IceMen and Cyclones this season added to a trending mutual dislike of each other as the game opened and ended with line brawls at center ice.
IceMen Left Winger Dylan Clarke scored the game-winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout, forcing Cincinnati’s Center David Pacan to answer. Pacan was stymied by IceMen Goaltender Paul Dainton as the IceMen walked off in a winning state. Dainton conquered all five Cyclones shooters in the shootout. Clarke finished the game clincher in the shootout, as well as one assist in regulation, all on his way to the game’s first star honor.
Evansville was facing a one-goal deficit in the final period until Left Winger Josh Beaulieu netted his team-leading 19th goal of the season. Assists on the equalizer, officially coming 3:22 into the third period, came from IceMen Center Todd Robinson and Right Winger Kevin Baker. Robinson continues his dominance on the stat sheet, adding two more assists on Friday. The IceMen team captain leads the team in overall scoring with 42 points as well as 39 assists.
ELM: Friday, Feb. 1 – L @ Toledo, 4-1
Saturday, Jan. 12 – EVA 4 @ ELM 3 (OT)
Brief Recap: Aaron Gens would lead the IceMen to their first road win of the new year. Gens would lead the game in scoring with a 4- point effort 4(1-3) The IceMen come away with a 4 game unbeaten streak. With the victory tonight the IceMen climb into sole possession of 4th place the North Division of the Eastern Conference. The IceMen defeat the Elmira Jackels 4-3 in OT.
Elmira’s Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel would open the scoring for the Jackels at the 8:41 mark of the first stanza. The IceMen would lead Elmira in SOG at 15-11.
EVA Leading Scorers:
C Todd Robinson- 42pts. (3G,39A)
LW Josh Beaulieu- 34pts. (19G,21A)
C Nathan Moon- 30pts. (13G,17A)
LW Dylan Clarke- 29pts. (12G,17A)
ELM Leading Scorers:
F Louie Caporusso- 38pts. (17G,21A)
F Andrew Rowe- 38pts. (16G,22A)
F Jean Bourdeau- 25pts. (13G,12A)
F Jordan Pietrus- 23pts. (6G,17A)
EVA is (3-7-1) vs Atlantic Division opponents
ELM is (6-3-1) vs North Division opponents
EVA is (4-5-1)9 in their last 10 games
ELM is (6-3-1)13 in their last 10 games
EVA is (12-14-0) at home
ELM is (9-11-2) on road
ECHL Today: http://echl.com/echl-today-feb-2-p181681
Jackals LW Matt Carter is second among rookies with 3 shootout goals.
IceMen C Todd Robinson is tied for second with 22 power play points.
Elmira is seventh with 3.36 goals per game.
Evansville is (10-2-0) when leading after two periods at home.