THREE POWER PLAY GOALS DOOM ICE IN GAME ONE, FALL TO GREEN BAY 6-2
Three power play goals doom the Indiana Ice as they fall to the league-leading Green Bay Gamblers 6-2 at the Resch Center in game one of the Eastern Conference finals.
Indy outshot Green Bay in all three periods en route to a 41-27 shot advantage, but were unable to find a solution for Gamblersí netminder Ryan McKay.
Daniil Tarasov and Robbie Baillargeon were able to extend their point streaks to 17 and five games, respectively, dating back to the regular season with goals in the contest. Jake Fallonís assist on the Tarasov goal extended his point streak to five games, dating back to the regular season.
Both teams were held scoreless for the first 21 minutes until Green Bayís Sam Herr scored what would be the first of three second-period goals for the Gamblers. Green Bay rattled off their second and third goal of the night on consecutive power plays from Jordan Schmaltz and Herr.
Indy regained some momentum seconds later when Baillargeon took a feed from Trevor Owens and Tarasov to put the Ice on the board, 1-3. Tarasov drew the Ice back within a goal in the closing seconds of the second period on a power play dish from Fallon.
A double-minor roughing call on McKay in the closing moments of the second offered a opportunity for Indy to knot the game, but strict defense by the Gamblers halted all 11 scoring attempts in the third period. Green Bay goals by Alex Kile, Alex Broadhurst and Peter Maric sealed the 6-3 victory and a 1-0 lead in the series.
Eastern Conference Finals action continues Friday as the Gamblers host the Ice in game two before returning to Indy for game three on Sunday from the Pepsi Coliseum at 5:05 pm.