JACOBS NETS FIRST USHL GOAL, GAME-WINNER IN THRILLING "PACK THE HOUSE" WIN
The 11,246 in attendance got an extra dose of charity hockey as the Indiana Ice pulled out a thrilling 2-1 overtime win against the Muskegon Lumberjacks on the 19th annual “Pack the House for Charity” night from Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Defenseman Josh Jacobs’ first USHL goal proved to be the cap of the night as the Michigan State recruit sealed the win with 15.1 seconds remaining before the shootout.
“I am still in shock,” said the first-year defenseman after the game. “I just wanted to throw it at the net and hopefully get the rebound. It was a great hour to get my first.”
Goaltender Dalton Izyk had ice in his veins as the second-year netminder blanked the visitors through the first 58 minutes of the contest and added an assist on Jacobs’ game-winner.
He finished the night with 27 saves with one proving to be a game-saver as he stopped Muskegon’s Joe Cox on a breakaway with :54 seconds left in overtime. Cox had busted loose after an Ice defenseman lost his edge at the blue line.
“The whole game, just looking up at the packed rafters, it was a once in a lifetime experience, “ said the winning goaltender.
The Ice got on the board first at the 10:55 mark of the second period when forward Tyler Pham tipped in a shot from Vince Pedrie. Drew Newmeyer also earned an assist on the goal.
The Lumberjacks forced the extra session by tying the game with under two minutes remaining in regulation as Christian Heil banged in a rebound off of a Adam Gilmour shot.
The crowd was the largest in the USHL this season and marks the ninth time in USHL franchise history the Ice has topped over 11,000 spectators. The win also boost their “Pack the House” record to a 5-4-0 mark since joining the USHL in 2004.
“It was unbelievable,” said Jacobs. “It was great seeing our city come out and support us tonight.”