Evansville returns from a successful trip to Alaska on Wednesday night to host the Missouri Mavericks.  The IceMen scored ten goals up North and were backed up with solid goaltending.  That translated into a 2-1 Thanksgiving weekend trip.  At the beginning of the year Coach Sims told me the team would start to look good by Christmas and his prediction is bearing fruit.

Missouri Mavericks @ Evansville IceMen

Wednesday December 2, 2015
Ford Center, Evansville, IN

Evansville IceMen

  • The IceMen have now won three out of their last four games.
  • Goalie Cody Reichard is now 2-1 as a starter for Evansville and has a .938 save percentage.  In each of his three starts he’s faced over 40 shots.
  • Goalie Keegan Asmundson picked up his first win of the season stopping 41 of 44 shots on Sunday in Alaska.
  • Justin MacDonald has now scored a goal in four of Evansville’s last five games.
  • Alex Guptill scored the first hat trick of the season for the IceMen on Sunday.

Missouri Mavericks

  • Missouri has the best record in the league at 17-2-0-1
  • The Mavericks also have the least penalties in the league with only 177 minutes so far this year.
  • All three loses (2 in regulation and 1 in overtime) have come on the road.
  • Forward Jesse Root leads the league with 25 points (13G 12A) and Tyler Barnes has 23 points (10G 13A).
  • No one on the team with more than five games played has a negative +/- rating.
  • Goalie Josh Robinson is 10-0 with a 1.62 GAA and save percentage of .933.  Parker Miller is 7-2 with a 1.55 GAA and .939 save percentage.

What to Watch For

This is the most complete team the IceMen have faced all season.  There are few weaknesses to the Mavericks game.  The IceMen will need to attack and try to keep the Mavericks on their heels.  The best defense against Barnes and Root is to keep the puck in the Missouri zone.  The IceMen defense will also need to buckle down.  Allowing 40+ shots on goal per game is a lot of pressure to keep on a goalie.  Forwards will need to forecheck constantly and do everything possible to limit Missouri opportunities.  Beating the Mavericks isn’t impossible, but it’s very difficult.

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