EVANSVILLE, IN – The IceMen return to the ice on Friday night, hosting the rival Fort Wayne Komets.  Sunday afternoon, Evansville hosts the Quad City Mallards.  Both teams have winning records and Quad City leads the Midwest Division.  

The IceMen have had time to recover from a rough return trip home from Alaska. They’ve also had a day to shake off the dominating loss they suffered against the Mavericks.  The weekend kicking off with the Komets and IceMen is always interesting.

Evansville IceMen

  • The IceMen lost 3-0 on Wednesday and only had eight shots through two periods.
  • Evansville only sits eight points out of third place in the division.
  • The IceMen shutout on Wednesday is only their second time in five games that they’ve been held under three goals.
  • Keegan Asmundson had a strong night in relief in net on Wednesday.  He stopped all 12 shots he faced before he broke a skate and returned to the bench.

 

Fort Wayne Komets @ Evansville IceMen

Friday December 4, 2015
Ford Center, Evansville, IN

Fort Wayne Komets

  • The Komets are 3-5 on the road this year and haven’t won in regulation on the road since November 8th.  They are 9-8-0 overall
  • Joe Perry is officially a Komet as of December 3rd, he had four goals and seven points in 20 games for the Aces this year.
  • Mike Embach leads the Komets in points with 15.  (7G 8A)
  • Defenseman Jordon Southorn has 13 points (5G 8A) and has a plus/minus rating of +8
  • Fort Wayne has had four different goalies play this year, but Pat Nagle leads the team with 10 starts and a 2.51 GAA.

 

Quad City Mallards @ Evansville IceMen

Sunday December 6, 2015
Ford Center, Evansville, IN

Quad City Mallards

  • The Mallards are 12-7-1-2 on the season.  They are only 2-6-0-2 on the road this year.
  • Quad City has only scored more than two goals on the road in one of their ten road games this year.
  • The Mallards haven’t played since Tuesday in Cincinnati, a 2-1 shootout victory.  
  • The IceMen will probably see Steve Michalek in goal.  He is 6-3-1-2 in goal with a 2.22 GAA
  • Offensively, Matt Neal leads the team with nine goals.  Olivier Archambault leads the team with 19 points.  (6A 13A)

 

What to Watch For

Evansville hosts two teams this weekend with a winning record.  Add in the rivalry with the Komets and there is a lot to play for.  The offense has proven they can score goals on a more regular basis.  With that hurdle overcome, now is the time when the IceMen will really start to see how they stack up against solid and good hockey teams.  

If the team has a goal to reach .500 or beyond, beating teams with better records will be paramount.  What better place than here and what better time than now?

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