January 13, 2014
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Ice is scheduled to practice Monday-Wednesday from 3:15-5:15 pm at Pan Am Pavilion. WHAT WEATHER?: Weather extremes did not faze the Indiana Ice as they braved the cold and snow to earn four of four possible standings points in a pair of weekend wins against Team USA and the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Brian Pinho’s three-point (2G, A) effort fueled the Indy offense while Jason Pawloski stopped 24 of 25 shots on net for his 16th win of the season in Friday night’s 5-1 victory over Team USA from Pan Am Pavilion. Other goal scorers included Vince Pedrie, Scott Conway and Mitch Hults. On Saturday, Denis Smirnov picked up where Pinho left off by logging his second three-point (2G, A) performance of the season as the Ice topped Muskegon 4-1 from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Pinho and Patrick Newell also had goals and Austin Kosack handed out two assists.
LEAVING STREAKS: With points in both games last weekend, forward Scott Conway extended his team season-high point streak to nine games which includes 12 points (6G, 6A). His nine-game tear is currently tied for the longest active point streak in the USHL and is only four games shy of the Ice franchise record set by Daniil Tarasov during the 2011-12 season.
Top Ice Point Streaks- Daniil Tarasov-Worcester, AHL (13, 2011-12)…John Kemp (12, 2007-08)…Todd McIlrath (11, 2004-05)…Greg Squires-Germany (10, 2007-08)…Sean Kuraly-Miami (9, 2011-12)…Paul Carey-Lake Erie, AHL (9, 2007-08)…Brandon Richardson (9, 2008-09)…Brian Ferlin-Cornell (9, 2010-11)…David Johnstone-Michigan Tech (2010-11)…Scott Conway (9, 2013-14).
AUSTIN POWERS: Defenseman Austin Kosack has been an impressive force on the Ice blue line as the Oakville, ONT-native has collected points in nine of his last ten games (G, 10A). The first-year USHL defenseman is also riding a three-game point streak and he leads all league defensemen in plus-minus rating (+25).
PAIR OF FOURS: First-year forwards Brian Pinho (3G, A) and Denis Smirnov (2G, 2A) spearheaded the offensive attack in Indy’s two weekend wins as the pair combined for eight points (5G, 3A) in back-to-back victories over Team USA and Muskegon. Smirnov, who has eight points (4G, 4A) in his last five games, is second on the Ice in scoring
(24 pts) and tied for second in goals (9) with Pinho, while Pinho is tied for third in points (21) and is second in power play goals (3).
NEW ‘MINDER: The Ice acquired goaltender Hayden Stewart from the Dubuque Fighting Saints for future considerations. The second-year USHL netminder has played the last two seasons for Muskegon and Dubuque. He saw action in 13 games for the Fighting Saints this year and posted a 6-6-1 record to go along with a 3.10 GAA.
PLAYER POINTS: Patrick Newell is riding a three-game point streak…Mitch Hults has three points (G, 2A) in his past two games…Jason Pawloski is second in the league in wins (17) and fourth in GAA (2.48) for goalies that have played in 20 or more games….Dwyer Tschantz has seven points (G, 6A) in his past seven games.
TEAM RUNS: Indy is 8-1-1 in their last ten games and has outscored opponents 46-23 in the third period…The Ice is riding a league-high six game road winning streak (last road loss-11/22/13 vs. Sioux Falls)…Indy has successfully killed off 16 of their last 18 penalties and rank first at home in the USHL (90.5%)…Indy is first in the league in shots against per game (24.87) and second in shots per game (34.73).