EVANSVILLE, IN – There’s a full weekend of action ahead for the Evansville IceMen. Kalamazoo comes to town tonight and that’s followed by a home and home with the Cincinnati Cyclones.  There are five games left this year with the Cyclones and the “Big Bet” between SinBinCyclones and myself is all knotted up at two games a piece.  The IceMen are looking to build off the momentum of back to back overtime/shootout victories this weekend.  

Kalamazoo Wings @ Evansville IceMen
Friday February 12, 2016
Ford Center, Evansville, IN

  • The Wings are two games under .500 at 19-21-4-1
  • Evansville is 1-1 against Kalamazoo this season, but the two teams haven’t met since November 21st.  Each team has won a home game head to head.
  • Leading the team in points is Dane Fox, he has 17 goals and 21 assists
  • Also keep an eye on Ludwig Blomstrand and Alex Mallet.  Both have 14 goals and over 30 points.
  • Joel Martin is Kalamazoo’s primary weapon in net.  He’s started 41 games this year and is 19-16-4-1 with a 2.94 GAA
  • The Wings have scored four or more goals in four out of their last six games.

Evansville IceMen @ Cincinnati Cyclones
Saturday February 13, 2016
US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Cyclones @ Evansville IceMen
Sunday February 14, 2016
Ford Center, Evansville, IN

  • Cyclones are third in the Midwest Division with a 22-19-3-2 record
  • Reminder that the “Big Bet” is for a glowing write up of the team that finishes with a better head to head record at season’s end.
  • Cincinnati also received defenseman Jason Binkley in a trade with Utah.  
  • Zach Budish leads the team in points (17G 21A) and Jack Downing leads the team with 22 goals.
  • Andy IIes has been the latest Cyclones goalie.  He hasn’t allowed more than two goals in his last two starts.
  • Cincinnati has played 10 road games in 2016, they’re 3-7.  They’ve played eight home games and are 3-5.

What to Watch For

Every time I think the IceMen are starting to get some momentum going in their direction, it seems to flat line.  Winning back to back home games in extra time should be the type of thing that points a team in the upward direction.  Additionally, two out of the three games this weekend are at home, with a short distance road game in Cincinnati.  

The IceMen should be able to take two out of three this weekend and make some progress in the standings.  Goaltending should be solid for Evansville, it’s just a matter of getting to three goals first.  I think they can do it twice.  

Happy Valentine’s Day from me to you.  If you aren’t celebrating with someone special this year, just remember – hockey loves you.

hockeylove

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