EVANSVILLE, IN – The IceMen play back to back in Indianapolis this weekend, as they visit the Fuel.  The team earned a much needed break after playing a stretch of four games in five days.  It’s also nice to have hockey to talk about after a tumultuous week in regards to the future of the franchise.  

Forward Mark Anthoine was traded earlier this week to the Manchester Monarchs.  Anthoine had only played in 10 games this year for the IceMen and the move allows him to get more playing time while being closer to his home.  In consideration of the trade, the IceMen received the ever popular “future considerations”.  

 

Evansville IceMen @ Indy Fuel
Friday January 8 & Saturday January 9, 2016
Indiana Farmers Colliseum, Indianapolis, IN

 

Evansville IceMen

  • The IceMen offensively are being carried by Tyson Fawcett who has 16 goals and Daultan Leveille who has 15 goals.  The next best on the team has 8 goals.  
  • Since returning from injury, IceMen goalie Christoffer Bengtsberg has a .914 save percentage.  He’s 1-0-1-1 in those three games.  
  • The IceMen have only lost one game in regulation since December 20th.
  • The IceMen are 2-3 against Indy this season but won two out of the last three.  The first two losses for Evansville were during their scoring drought at the beginning of the season.

Indy Fuel

  • The Fuel sit only two points ahead of the IceMen in the standings.  Evansville also has three games in hand on Indy.
  • The Fuel are 1-8 in their last nine home games.
  • Garett Bembridge leads the team with 10 goals and is second in points to Alex Lavoie who has 25 (9G 16A).
  • Three of Dylan Clarke’s seven goals on the season have come against the IceMen.
  • The Fuel are still using a combination of Mac Carruth and Shane Owen.  Carruth has 17 starts and Owen has 18.  Carruth has a GAA of 1.50 (I didn’t factor empty net time) against the IceMen this season in four starts.

What to Watch For

The IceMen had a disappointing weekend, letting points slip away against the Mavericks and losing in a shootout to the Thunder.  Disappointment came while earning two points.  In hindsight I would have expected to only get to two points that weekend anyway.  Now the team has fresh legs again and doesn’t travel far to take on the team directly above them in the standings.

All the noise about the future of the team sometimes brings a team together.  It’s “us against the world” and with a chance to get out of the basement on the line I expect to see a spirited showing from the IceMen this weekend.  It’s been a very long time since Evansville wasn’t in last place in a division.  Here’s a golden opportunity to make it happen.

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