IceMen Streak Continues
Dayton, OH: In front of a Hara Arena crowd of 2629, The IceMen would be tested more than they have all season. Despite a comeback by the Gems in the third period, The IceMen would remain the only team unbeaten in regulation.
The IceMen and their fast defense and strong goaltending, would prove to be too much for the Gems and their odd man rushes and break away. The IceMen would strike first lighting the just 6:58 into the game on a power play goal from Forward Matt Pierce. This would be Matt’s first points of the season. The remainder of the period saw a lot of back and forth hockey. Dayton would control the SOG 9-8.
As the second period commenced, both teams appeared to settle in for the long haul with very little action. The only goal of the period would come at the 19:43 mark of the second period. The IceMen were holding off their third penalty of the night, when just as the clock ran out, Mark Cody reentered and received a pass from Steve Makway to get the breakaway goal, giving the IceMen a 2-0 lead with 17.2 seconds left in the period. Again the IceMen were outshot 15-13 this period.
Dayton took control of the third period, taking advantage of an early delayed penalty to set up Jon Ornelas to get a shot past the shoulder of Gillis and cut the IceMen lead back to one at 4:01. As the period continued, so too would the physicality of both teams. The remainder of regulation would see a barrage of special teams play, but neither team would cash in with the man advantage. Nick Fanto would bounce the tying goal in with a meager 18.4 showing on the clock. Shots on goal through regulation had Dayton leading 33 to 28.
The physical play would continue into overtime with Jonathan Ornelas being whistled for a holding penalty in overtime, The IceMen took advantage to set up a snapshot from Phillipe Plante that beat Hogan stickside to secure the win for the IceMen with less than a minute remaining in the extra period. Final shots on goal favored Dayton 36-31.
The IceMen record now stands at 5-0-1. This is the second time this season that the IceMen have gone into overtime. Having played the fewest games in the league the IceMen remain third in the Turner Conference with 11 points. The Gems travel to Evansville to face the IceMen tomorrow at 5:00pm in the Ford Center. Remember tomorrow is Coca-Cola Jersey Night with the first 1,000 kids 12 and under receiving a Limited Edition IceMen Jersey.