November 6 and 7

Evansville (1-4-0 2 points)

  • The anticipated starting goalie on Friday is Keegan Asmundson.  He played in 3 pro games last season for South Carolina with a 1.67 GAA. Prior to South Carolina Keegan was at Canisius College where he also had a goals against average under two for the year.
  • Saturday’s starting goalie is expected to be Christoffer Bengtsberg
  • Scoring woes continue for Evansville.  In three home games the team has scored a total of two goals.  More on this in what to watch for

Indy Fuel @ Evansville IceMen

Friday November 6, 2015
Ford Center, Evansville, IN

Indy (4-2-1 9 points)

  • Indy won in Evansville on Wednesday morning 3-0
  • The Fuel have played six periods in Evansville and have only allowed one goal.
  • Indy has scored at least one goal in five straight periods against Evansville
  • Goalie Mac Carruth has an incredible .982 save percentage this year against Evansville
  • Kyle Stroh has a goal in each of the games played in Evansville this year.
  • Indy is 2-0 in Evansville this year.

 

Evansville IceMen @ Cincinnati Cyclones

Saturday November 7, 2015
US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati (3-1-0-1 7 points)

  • In five games, only Kalamazoo has scored more than one goal in regulation on the Cyclones.
  • Jack Downing has three goals for the Cyclones and a +6 rating.  
  • Defenseman Garrett Noonen has one goal and two assists but also has a +6 rating.  While I know a +/- rating can be deceptive at times, there’s usually a reason for either a very good or a very poor number.  Keep an eye on both Downing and Noonen when they’re on the ice for Cincinnati.  
  • Leading point earner Eric Robinson (3G 3A) was recalled to the AHL on November 4th.  
  • Cincinnati plays undefeated Adirondack on Friday in Cincinnati
  • Assuming Thiessen starts in goal on Friday against Adirondack, the Saturday starter would be Brandon Whitney.  In one game this year, Whitney has a 3.17 GAA and .889 save percentage.
  • This is game 1 of a season long bet between myself and SinBinCyclones.  The bet is based on the head to head record of Evansville and Cincinnati.  The loser of the bet must write an ode to the winning team that will be published on the Sin Bin during the playoffs.

 

What to Watch For:

The season is long and will have many twists and turns.  Five games into it isn’t the place to declare anything about the season. That doesn’t mean there aren’t patterns forming that should be ignored.  At this time, what is known about Evansville is obvious to me.  The IceMen have a solid defense.  The IceMen also have solid goaltending.  In the ECHL, limiting opponents most of the time to two or three goals per game should be enough.  

There’s a gaping hole where goal scoring should be.  I’m not suggesting Evansville needs to score five goals per game or they are inept.  This team is built solidly in the other areas noted and if this team would score an average of three goals per game, they’d be winning a lot more hockey games.  

To put the offensive woes in perspective, Evansville is last in goals scored per game.  The next worse has over half a goal more per game.  The road to offensive glory  isn’t getting easier as Cincinnati has the best goals against average in the league and Indy has held Evansville to one goal in two games.  Until Evansville starts scoring goals regularly, I’d be watching for line changes and different ways the team tries to create offense.  I guess you could say that right now Evansville is what we think they are…

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