EVANSVILLE, IN  —  Friday night in the Ford Center was exciting to say the least.  There was a total of ten goals, sixty five shots and four goalies used.  The IceMen had one of their strongest periods of the whole season, scoring three goals in the second period, including two within 38 seconds of each other.  The game got chippy during the 3rd period and it was then that the Solar Bears scored three goals in just over two minutes of game time.  The Solar Bears held on and won the hockey game 6-4.

The Good

  • Michael Trebish (Except for 8:34 of the 3rd) – Game after game, I’m drawn to watching Michael Trebish.  Yes, he’s a big physical player and that gets attention, but he consistently seems to have a stick or a body in the right place.  How was he not dressing at the beginning of the season?  
  • Hustle – The IceMen flat out hustled last night.  They chased pucks, applied pressure and it all came together in a three-goal period.  There was a gear the IceMen hit in the 2nd period I haven’t seen from this team this season.  
  • Offense – I continue to write things about how the offense needs to get going.  They got after it on Friday night in the 2nd period and charged back from a two-goal deficit to have the lead after two periods.  

The Bad

  • Michael Trebish (8:34 of the 3rd) – This has to be included, with Dunn already in the penalty box, Trebish was called for slashing at 8:34 of the 3rd.  The two-man advantage had just barely expired when Orlando scored the game tying goal with Michael in the penalty box.
  • Goaltending – Neither Dustin Carlson or Keegan Asmundson had a good night in net.  Carlson stopped 11 of 14 shots he faced and Asmundson stopped 14 of 17 he faced.  The IceMen need to look into an option C while Greenham is in the AHL and Bengtsberg heals up.  

The Ugly

  • The on-ice melt down in the 3rd period – As I noted in the bad, the IceMen were saddled with a 5-on-3 in the 3rd period.  While many penalties had not been called up until this point in the game, it was getting physical. An IceMen defender throws his arm up in disgust looking for a penalty call on the Solar Bears.  What happened?  You guessed it, Solar Bears skate the puck right into the zone and it ends up in the back of the net. You can not, under any circumstance, stop playing during the game in order to voice your displeasure with a referee.  Ugly!

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