ICE, CHARITIES WIN BIG IN "PACK THE HOUSE" VICTORY
TEAM HOSTS USA IN BACK-TO-BACK BANKERS LIFE CONTESTS ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE SEASON RECORD 18-28-4
Friday, Mar. 8 TEAM USA U18 (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) 7:05pm
Saturday, Mar. 9 TEAM USA U18 (Bankers Life Fieldhouse) 7:05pm
GAMES WILL BE AIRED ON USHL.FASTHOCKEY.COM.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Ice is scheduled to practice Wednesday from 3:10-4:40pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 2:55-4:55pm. All practices are held at Pan Am Plaza. The team has a pre-game skate on Friday from 10-10:45 am at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
SPLITTING HAIRS: Mixed emotions for the Ice this weekend as the club split a pair of home games. Indy mounted a furious comeback on Friday, before falling to the Tri-City Storm 6-4 from Pan Am Plaza. Patrick Newell, Austin Hervey, Drew Newmeyer and Vince Pedrie scored goals for the Icemen, while Mikhail Plotnikov handed out two assists. The squad rebounded in a big way on Saturday as Dalton Izyk was a stalwart in net and Joshua Jacobs scored with 15 seconds left in overtime to give the Ice a 2-1 victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Izyk made 27 saves, while Tyler Pham had the team’s goal in regulation.
NICELY PACKED: The Ice drew 11,246 spectators in Saturday’s “Pack the House for Charity” night which was the largest crowd in the USHL this season. With the win, Indy improved their record to 5-4-0 in the USHL for the annual event.
BACK TO THE BENCH: There was no rest for Ice assistant coach Adam Krug as he suited up with the Evansville Icemen (ECHL) for Sunday’s contest with the Cincinnati Cyclones. Krug recorded an assist and an even plus-minus rating in the 9-4 loss at the Ford Center. Krug had previous playing experience in the league having played for Cincinnati and Toledo respectively. Ironically, former Ice forward Mike Embach (06-07) led the Cyclones on Sunday with four goals and an assist in the win.
MY COUSIN VINNY: Vince Pedrie has been hot on Indy’s battered D-corps, riding a four-game point streak with four points (G, 3A) over the two-weekend stretch. In 32 games with the Ice this season, Pedrie has put up ten points (2G, 8A) and 25 penalty minutes from the blue line.
MONSTERS OF THE PENALTY KILL: Indy’s penalty kill continues to impress as the team has denied opponents on 24 of their 25 power play opportunities over an eight-game stretch. The Ice’s last power play goal against was during the second period of the team’s 4-3 road win over the Youngstown Phantoms on January 26, 2013. In that same span, the Ice has held their opponents under 30 shots in six of those eight contests.
TEAM CLIPBOARD: Mikhail Plotnikov has five points (2G, 3A) in his past five games…Alex Talcott has four points (2G, 2A) in his past five games…Drew Newmeyer is riding a three-game point streak…Both Josh Jacobs and Patrick Newell scored their first USHL goals over the weekend…Tyler Pham has scored in two straight Bankers Life Fieldhouse games…Indy improved to 10-9-4 in one-goal games with Saturdays’ victory.
ALUMNI REPORT: Collegiately: Nick Bailen (05-08, 09-10) led the Ice graduates with five points (G, 4A) in two games for RPI….Other multiple point efforts came off the sticks of Kevin Goumas (09-10, New Hampshire), David Johnstone (09-11, Michigan Tech) and Blake Coleman (10-12, Miami)…Christian Hilbrich (10-12) scored his first collegiate goal over the weekend for Cornell…Professionally: Torey Krug (08-09, Providence) was the AHL’s Rookie of the month for February…Mike Embach (06-07) recorded seven points last week for Cincinnati, ECHL…Four-point weeks included Cameron Schilling (07-08, Hershey-AHL) and Stanislav Galiev (08-09, Reading-ECHL).