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Getting out of dodge may be the best bet for Evansville after a difficult weekend.  The IceMen lost a back and forth game with the Fort Wayne Komets on Friday that saw their starting goaltender suffer a concussion, and gave up a three-goal lead in the third period on Sunday against the Mallards.  Offense hasn’t been lacking, as the team netted five goals in each game but the team only managed to gain one point in the standings.

Evansville IceMen @ Toledo Walleye

Wednesday December 9, 2015
Huntington Center, Toledo, OH

Evansville IceMen

  • Goalie Cody Reichard is out with a concussion.  The IceMen have signed goalie Matt Zenzola.  He’s 8-4-1 with a 2.51 GAA this year in the SPHL.  Reichard is the third IceMen goalie to go down with injury this year.
  • Evansville lost the second game of the year at home to Toledo by a score of 2-1.
  • Four of Evansville’s six wins have come on the road this year.
  • Both Daultan Leveille and Tyson Fawcett each have 10 goals for the team.
  • Keegan Asmundson is now 1-4-1 with the team and has a 4.58 GAA

Toledo Walleye

  • The Walleye are only playing their fifth home game.  They are 2-1-1 on home ice.
  • Toledo is 11-5-1-3 and is in First place in the Eastern Conference North Division.
  • Toledo is 6-0-1 in their last seven games.
  • Jeff Lerg and Jake Paterson each have 10 starts in net.  Lerg has a 2.04 GAA and Paterson has a 2.48 GAA.
  • Mark Tvrdon and Alden Hirschfield both have 8 goals and 10 assists.  They co-lead the team in points with 18.

What to Watch For

It’s been a tale of two IceMen teams so far this season.  Out of the gates, the team struggled mightily to score and were backboned by solid defense and goaltending.  The team lost some of its defense and has had three goalies injured.  Now the team is finding its stride offensively and isn’t getting the goaltending support to match.  

It’s easy to say if the team scored goals and had goaltending they would be really good.  That merits a Captain Obvious award and I’m not trying to earn another.  The team has shown it can do both things with success.  It’s frustrating to see it not all happen at the same time.  The key to Wednesday night will be Evansville’s ability to keep Toledo off the scoreboard.  If the IceMen can limit the Walleye to two or three goals I think they will pick up at least a point.

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