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EVANSVILLE, IN – The IceMen have a full weekend of action.  Friday and Saturday night are a home-and-home with Cincinnati, then the IceMen wrap up the weekend with a road game in Fort Wayne.  

The IceMen won on Wednesday night with a lot of guts and heart.  After trailing 2-0, they scored three straight and hung on to win 3-2 against a nearly unstoppable Toledo team as of late.  The exciting news is that Scott Greenham has returned to Evansville from the AHL BSens.  

All that and a big weekend with my ongoing wager with Sin Bin Cyclones.  Let’s get to it!

Evansville IceMen

  • Welcome back Scott Greenham.  He is on loan from the BSens and that was made official yesterday afternoon.  Greenham played three games for Evansville at the beginning of the year before getting injured and subsequently called up to the AHL.  He had a 2.03 GAA as the IceMen starting goalie.
  • Daultan Leveille is riding a three game goal scoring streak that includes four goals and five points during that span.
  • The IceMen have scored three or more goals in four of their last five games.  The lone game they didn’t was against the best team in the league after a horrendous travel hiccup coming home from Alaska.
  • Forward Justin MacDonald has at least one point in seven of his last nine games.

 

Cincinnati Cyclones @ Evansville IceMen

Friday December 11, 2015
Ford Center, Evansville, IN

Evansville IceMen @ Cincinnati Cyclones

Saturday December 12, 2015
US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Cyclones

  • Cincinnati’s goalie Brad Thiessen was called up to their AHL club.  Brandon Whitney is the likely starter.  He’s 4-2 with a 2.44 GAA.  He stopped 25 of 26 shots he faced against the IceMen on November 7th.  
  • The Cyclones are 3-4-1 on the road this year.  At home their 8-1-1-2.  
  • The Cyclones have been very good defensively on home-ice so far. Cyclones opponents have only scored more than two goals twice this season at US Bank Arena.
  • Leading the team offensively are Nick Huard (7G, 12A) and Jack Downing (10G, 6A)
  • Evansville lost on November 7th at Cincinnati 2-1.
  • The Cyclones haven’t played since last Thursday and Friday where they split two road games in Greenville.
  • The score in the “Big Bet” with Sin Bin Cyclones Writer Dakota Johnson is currently 0-1.  After this weekend the IceMen will have played ⅓ of their games against Cincinnati this year.  

 

Evansville IceMen @ Fort Wayne Komets

Sunday December 13, 2015
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN

Fort Wayne Komets

  • Fort Wayne won a back and forth game last Friday in Evansville 7-5.  Fort Wayne ran over goalie Cody Reichard causing his injury.
  • Forward Joe Perry made an immediate impact for the Komets after his trade from Alaska, scoring 2 assists in that game.
  • Fort Wayne plays a home and home with Indy this weekend and travels both Friday night and Saturday night as well.
  • After scoring five goals on Spencer Martin I expect the Komets to start Pat Nagle on Sunday.  He has a 2.51 GAA for the season and a .910 save percentage.

 

What to Watch For

This is the IceMen team I’ve wanted to check out the whole year.  The offense is scoring at a regular rate and Scott Greenham was very solid in net before his injury and call up.  Now that the team has all the pieces in place, I want to see how good they are.  Playing the second and third place team in the division is a great measuring stick on where the IceMen are at.

There are over 50 games left this season.  There is a lot of time for Evansville to gain on the division.  Playing three-in-three days within the division is a great place to start.  The IceMen have to do a better job of protecting their goalies and keeping them in one piece.  

I believe this team is pretty good.   I think the IceMen have the ability to sweep the weekend or at least take two out of three.  

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