February 11, 2014
TEAM HOSTS PAN AM PAIR AGAINST TRI-CITY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, AT TEAM USA SUNDAY
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE SEASON RECORD 27-7-6
Friday, February 14 TRI-CITY (Pan Am Pavilion) 7:05 pm
Saturday, February 15 TRI-CITY (Pan Am Pavilion) 7:05 pm
Sunday, February 16 @ Team USA 3:30 pm
GAMES WILL BE AIRED ON USHL.FASTHOCKEY.COM.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Ice is scheduled to practice Tuesday through Thursday from 3:15-5:15 pm at Pan Am Pavilion and has a pre-game skate on Friday from 10-10:45 am.
THREE AND OUT: The Indiana Ice extended their Eastern Conference lead to seven points after capturing all six possible points in three weekend contests. Facing a 3-1 deficit with six minutes left in the contest, Indy rallied for a pair of third-period tallies en route to a 4-3 shootout road win over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Friday. Aidan Muir, Patrick Newell and Scott Conway were the goal scorers, while Ryan Mantha and Sam Kurker finished the night with a pair of assists. In net, Jason Pawloski earned his 20th win with a 29-save effort. Hayden Stewart then initiated “beast mode” to earn back-to-back shutouts against the Youngstown Phantoms on Saturday and Sunday. Stewart’s 17 saves cuppled by goals by Brian Pinho, Tyler Pham and Sam Kurker gave the Ice a 3-0 victory on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Stewart doubled up on the shot and shutout count as he stopped 34 bullets for the 2-0 win in Sunday’s matinee match from the Covelli Centre. Newell’s first-period tally proved to be the game winner while Pham added an insurance goal with under a minute remaining in the game.
STEWART’S SHOP: Hayden Stewart made 51 saves and a statement last weekend as the newly acquired goaltender is the first Iceman to record a shutout in back-to-back appearances since Jon Gillies-Providence did so during the 2010-2011 season (3/11/11 vs. Chicago, 3/25/11 vs. Des Moines). Since joining the roster in mid-January, the Rockford, IL-native has recorded a perfect 5-0-0 record with a 0.60 GAA and a .974 save percentage while allowing no more than one goal in every contest.
WELL, AIN’T THAT SPECIAL: A few minor blemishes aside, Indy’s special teams played a pivotal role in capturing a six-point weekend as the team recorded three power play goals on 14 opportunities, a game-winning shorthanded goal on Saturday and went 16-of-17 on the penalty kill.
CHASING GOLD: Former Ice defenseman John Carlson (07-08) will have the chance to do something no other Indy alum has done this week as Team USA begins their quest for Olympic gold starting with Thursday’s (2/13) 7:30 am faceoff against Slovakia.
PLAYER BOOKS: Austin Kosack (+30) and Josh Jacobs (+26) lead all league defensemen in plus-minus rating…Jason Pawloski is second in the league in wins (20) and third in GAA among goaltenders with 20 or more games (2.42)…Friday’s contest will be Tyler Pham’s 150th contest in an Ice sweater and he is currently riding a
two-game goal streak…Sam Kurker has three points (G, 2A) in his past three games…Scott Conway has eight points
(G, 7A) in his past nine games.
TEAM BELLS: Indiana had a season-high 5,884 fans at Bankers Life Fieldhosue this past Saturday…The Ice is second in the league in winning percentage (.750)…Indy leads the league in shots against per game (24.40) and has outshot opponents in 32 of 40 contests…The Ice has outscored opponents 60-28 in the third period…Indy is second in the league on the penalty kill at home (90.3%) and overall (87.2%)…The Ice is 16-2-2 in their past 20 games. Indy is 20-4-6 against the Eastern Conference and 7-3-0 against the Western Conference.
ALUMNI REPORT: Shane Berschbach (08-10) and Mike Cichy (08-09) combined for four points for Western Michigan in a weekend sweep of Miami…Nic Dowd (09-10) registered four points (3G, A) in a three-point weekend for St. Cloud against Denver…Drew Smolcynski (11-13) and Woody Hudson (11-13) combined for four points for St. Lawrence in a two-win weekend against Princeton and Quinnipiac…David Johnstone (09-11) and Adam Phillips
(09-10) had three-point weekends for Michigan Tech and Massachusetts respectively.