EVANSVILLE, IN – The IceMen play back to back games this weekend.  Tonight in Toledo and tomorrow night back at the Ford Center against the Quad City Mallards.  After dropping both in Indy last weekend, Evansville corrected the ship and rallied past the Rapid City Rush on Wednesday night.  Saturday is Star Wars night and the first night of new security protocol at the Ford Center.  The new security information is available here.

Evansville IceMen

  • The IceMen only sit 10 points out of first place in the Midwest Division
  • Evansville has held eight out of their last 10 opponents to three or fewer goals.
  • Nathan Moon has scored two goals in each of Evansville’s last two home games.
  • Tyson Fawcett & Daultan Leveille each have 16 goals now to lead the team.
  • Jordan Sims leads the team with +12 rating.

Evansville IceMen @ Toledo Walleye

Friday January 15, 2016
Huntington Center, Toledo, OH

Toledo Walleye

  • This is the third time the two teams have met this year.  They’ve split the first two, each team winning an away game.
  • The Walleye are anchored in net by Jeff Lerg.  This season, in 21 starts he has a 1.92 GAA
  • This past week the Walleye have had AJ Jenks called up to the AHL and Evan Rankin returned from the AHL.  Rankin has only played 2 games for the Walleye while Jenks had 11 goals and 14 assists for the team.
  • Of the Walleye’s top four point earners this season, only Shane Berschbach is currently with the team.
  • The Walleye have won their last three and are 3-1 in the month of January.

 

Quad City Mallards @ Evansville IceMen

Saturday January 16, 2016
Ford Center, Evansville, IN

Quad City Mallards

  • Evansville is 1-1-1 against Quad City this year.  Quad City has never lost in Evansville as part of the ECHL (credit to John Peterson)
  • The last meeting between the two teams resulted in both Moon and Trebish receiving misconduct penalties and a team total of 41 penalty minutes for the IceMen
  • The Mallards are only 3-7 in their last 10 games.
  • Olivier Archambault leads the team with 28 points (10G 18A)
  • Defenseman Mike Monfredo has an impressive 20 assists this season.

 

What to Watch For

The IceMen are wrapping up the first half of the season this weekend.  While it is an artificial marker of the season, it would be nice to see the team finish the first half strong.  The IceMen went into Toledo and knocked off the first place Walleye once already this year and I believe they can do it again.

Saturday are two must have points within the division.  As I noted above, the team only sits 10 points out of first place, but has to climb over four teams to get there.  The easiest way to climb is to win those head to head match-ups.

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