IceMen Begin Two-Game Series with Everblades
Evansville IceMen vs. Florida Everblades
Germain Arena – Feb. 22, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.
Radio: ‘Magic 98.5′ FM, 1400 AM WEOA
The Evansville IceMen (19-31-5; 43) continue their Florida road trip tonight with the first of two games with the Florida Everblades (28-17-9; 65) at Germain Arena. The IceMen had a brief winning streak snapped on Wednesday in Orlando and now look to end the victorious trend of the Everblades, winners of four straight coming into tonight. Florida is in third place in the South Division and is currently the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Tonight’s matchup is the first ever encounter between these two ECHL teams.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
- Everblades’ F Mathieu Roy is 2nd in the ECHL in scoring with 60pts. (26G,34A).
- IceMen LW Stefan Della Rovere will play after missing last three games (upper body).
- Evansville’s penalty kill has expired 25 straight opponent power play opportunities.
EVA: Wednesday, Feb. 20 – L @ Orlando, 6-1
Brief Recap: The Evansville IceMen were unable to match a season-best three game winning streak after losing decisively at Amway Center in Orlando on Wednesday.
The IceMen entered action against the Solar Bears shorthanded as three integral parts of Evansville’s sweep of Ft. Wayne were absent. It was, however, the latest addition to the IceMen lineup that claimed the lone Evansville goal of the game.
Rookie Forward Andre Bouvet-Morrissette scored his first goal of the season in his IceMen debut, representing one of the few bright spots against Orlando. Bouvet-Morrissette’s milestone marker was assisted by IceMen Right Winger Jason Dale 13:55 into the second period.
Orlando Goaltender Zoltan Hetenyi gained the win after saving 35-of-36 shots faced, earning a .972 save percentage. The newest Orlando net-minder was voted the third star of the game, improving his record to (6-4-2) on the season.
FLA: Tuesday, Feb. 19 – W vs. Gwinnett, 5-4
PREVIOUS MEETING: N/A
EVA Leading Scorers:
C Todd Robinson- 55pts. (4G,51A)
LW Josh Beaulieu- 51pts. (22G,29A)
RW Kevin Baker- 33pts. (20G,13A)
LW Dylan Clarke- 32pts. (15G,17A)
FLA Leading Scorers:
LW Mathieu Roy- 60pts. (26G,34A)
F Matthew Pistilli- 51pts. (19G,32A)
F Leigh Salters- 29pts. (15G,14A)
F Corey Trivino- 29pts. (8G,21A)
BY THE NUMBERS:
EVA is (2-8-0) vs South Division opponents
FLA is (6-1-0) vs North Division opponents
EVA is (3-6-1)7 in their last 10 games .. Streak: L1
FLA is (6-2-2)14 in their last 10 games .. Streak: W4
EVA is (6-14-5) on road
FLA is (14-6-4) at home
ECHL Today: http://echl.com/echl-today-feb-22-p182055
IceMen C Todd Robinson leads the ECHL with 51 assists.
Florida’s Olivier Dame-Malka is 2nd among defensemen with 128 shots on goal.
Evansville is 5th on the penalty kill (84.2%).
Florida is tied for the league-lead with 10 shorthanded goals.