The Evansville IceMen will put the front office issues with the City on the back burner for two days this weekend while they play back to back home games on Friday and Saturday night. The IceMen host Orlando on Friday night and get a rematch of last week’s game at Kalamazoo on Saturday night.
- The IceMen have a season long pattern of losing two games and then winning the 3rd. If that pattern holds true they will win on Friday and lose on Saturday.
- Evansville is now 1-4-0 at home this year
- IceMen goalie Keegan Asmundson has played in 2 games for the IceMen with a 6.76 GAA. On Wednesday night he played just over 29 minutes and allowed 4 goals on 15 shots.
- Assistant Coach Johan Lundskog has returned home to attend to a personal matter and is not currently with the team.
- SPHL goalie Dustin Carlson came in relief on Wednesday night and stopped 10 of 12 shots he faced.
Orlando Solar Bears @ Evansville IceMen
Friday November 20, 2015
Ford Center, Evansville, IN
Orlando Solar Bears
- Seeing the most action in net this year for the Solar Bears is Rob Madore. IceMen fans know Madore from his time in Evansville during the 2012-2013 season. This year he is 4-1-1-1 with a 2.78 GAA average.
- Leading the team in points is Brady Vail, he has 15 points (6G 9A)
- Also keep an eye on forwards Brett Findlay who has 7 goals and Eric Faille who has 6 goals.
- Defensively, the Solar Bears are also a threat, blue liner Eric Baier has 10 assists and is a +9 so far this year.
- Orlando’s last three games have all gone to overtime or a shootout. All three games were on the road and the Solar Bears legs shouldn’t feel fresh Friday night in the Ford Center.
- The Solar Bears are 3-1-1-1 on the road this year. Their only regulation road loss was on opening night.
Kalamazoo Wings @ Evansville IceMen
Saturday November 21, 2015
Ford Center, Evansville, IN
- The Wings are 6-7-1 on the season and are 2-3 on the road (Prior to Thursday’s game). Kalamazoo has allowed, at minimum, three goals in every road game this year..
- Saturday night’s game will be Kalamazoo’s 4th game of a 4 game week.
- Kalamazoo played at Brampton on Sunday, in Toledo on Thursday, Fort Wayne on Friday and Evansville on Saturday.
- The Wings are led offensively by Alex Mallet with six goals and six assists. Dane Fox has five goals and seven assists. Also keep an eye on Tyler Shattock who has five goals this year.
- The IceMen lost in Kalamazoo on Friday November 13th by a score of 4-2. Joel Martin started in goal for Kalamazoo and saved 33 of 35 shots.
- The 1st meeting between the two teams resulted in three game misconduct penalties. It may be a chippy game.
What to Watch For
The IceMen continue to struggle finding an offensive rhythm. On Wednesday night they had more quality scoring chances than Alaska, yet found themselves losing 6-2. That loss marks the 9th time this year that the IceMen have scored 2 or fewer goals in a game. When they have scored three or more in a game, the team is 2-0.
Compounding problems for Evansville is that their first and second option for starting goaltender are out of action. Coach Sims appeared reluctant to utilize Asmundson after Greenham got banged up, but once Bengtsberg got injured he had no choice. In two games, he’s played just over 60 minutes in net and has allowed 7 goals. Current backup, Dustin Carlson is an SPHL goalie from Peoria. That one-two punch is a major question mark as the team plays two at home this weekend. Solid defense and good goaltending have been a necessary component to keeping the IceMen in games.
Finding the right buttons to push in order to snap the team out of their funk offensively while getting quality defensive and goalie starts is no enviable task for Coach Sims. How well that happens will be on full display on Friday and Saturday night in front of the Ford Center crowd.