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04/05/2016 11:02 AM -

Evansville IceMen (28-32-7-2) AT Allen Americans (39-23-3-4)

Wednesday, April 6th – 7:05pm

Friday, April 8th – 7:05pm 

Saturday, April 9th – 7:05pm

Allen Events Center – Allen, Texas

 

Broadcast: 6:50pm on www.evansvilleicemen.com and ECHL.TV

Viewing Party: Saturday at 6:50pm – Bar Louie in Evansville

 

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

This Season: Only three meetings.

All-Time:  First ever meeting.

 

LEADERS

·       Evansville:

o   Goals:  21 – Tyson Fawcett/Daultan Leveille

o   Assists: 34 – Nathan Moon

o   Points:  49 – Moon

o   PIM:    154 – Vincent Dunn

o   +/-:       +21 – Jordan Sims

·       Allen:

o   Goals:  24 – Chad Costello

o   Assists: 73 – Costello

o   Points:  97 – Costello

o   PIM:    108 – Dyson Stevenson

o   +/-:       +8 – Rick Pinkston

 

FORD CENTER FINALE

The IceMen wrapped up their eight years in Evansville and five seasons at the Ford Center on Saturday in front of 6,652 fans. In the team’s five seasons playing in the building, four of which were in the ECHL, the total attendance was 875,728. While the IceMen came up just short in a 3-2 loss Saturday against Tulsa, fans stuck around to show their support and share memories of the organization’s time in Evansville.

 

MEMORABLE FINISH AT MEMORIAL

Sunday in Fort Wayne, the IceMen jumped out to a 4-0 lead with two goals in the first period and two more in the second. Just when it looked like the Komets were down and out, Fort Wayne scored four goals in the final 6:30 of regulation, including the tying goal with 15 seconds left to force overtime. Evansville got its redemption in the extra period, when Matthew Zay buried the game-winner with just over a minute left to win the game 5-4.

 

NEW RECORD HOLDER

Evansville forward Nathan Moon set a franchise record for games played Sunday, when he suited up for his 160th career IceMen game. The Belleville, ON native was traded back to Evansville in early November and leads the team in assists (34) and points (49), and extended his season-high assist streak to five games, with a helper on the first IceMen goal in Fort Wayne.

 

BACK FROM BINGO

Forward Daultan Leveille returned to the IceMen from the AHL’s Binghamton Senators for Evansville’s final road trip to Allen, Texas. The St. Catherines, ON native is tied with Tyson Fawcett for the team lead in goals (21), and the two are just two goals behind Matt Schepke’s team record during its four years in the ECHL. Schepke had 23 goals in the 2013-14 season.

 

I’M ONLY HUMAN, HARRY!

Rookie Andrew Harrison has found the scoring touch the past three games. The forward, who joined the IceMen 27 games ago from the Federal Hockey League’s Danville Dashers, scored 35 seconds into the second period Sunday at Fort Wayne to earn his first career three-game goal streak. Harrison also tallied the final goal in Evansville’s 5-3 win over Cincinnati Friday and the first goal in a 3-2 loss against Tulsa Saturday. He has seven goals and four assists since joining the IceMen.

 

DEFENDING THE KELLY

The Allen Americans captured the Kelly Cup in their first ECHL season in 2014-15, after winning the Central Hockey League’s Ray Miron President’s Cup in both 2012-13 and 2013-14. The Americans have clinched a playoff spot and are in fourth place in the Western Conference with 85 points, three points ahead of Idaho and Utah with three games remaining.

 

COSTELLO NEARING CENTURY MARK

ECHL leading scorer Chad Costello is three points away from 100 with three games left in the regular season. The eighth year pro is in his second season in Allen, where he totaled 125 points (41 goals, 84 assists) in 2014-15. This year, Costello leads the league in assists (73), points (97), and is 17th in goals (24), and is the front-runner for MVP.

 

FINAL JERSEY AUCTION

The final chance to bid on game-worn player jerseys will be in a live auction Monday, April 11 at 6pm at Beef O’ Brady’s in Newburgh. Following the team’s final three games in Allen, Texas on April 6, 8 and 9, all of the Evansville IceMen players will sign their jerseys for the winning bidders.



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