Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Jacksonville Drops Two on the Road Over the Weekend

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The Jacksonville Icemen lost their first two road games of the season over the weekend. They fell by a one-goal margin, losing 5-4 to the Swamp Rabbits. The South Carolina Stingrays won 3-1.

Greenville took advantage of a slashing penalty on Cameron Critchlow to put the Swamp Rabbits up 1-0 9:48 in the first.

Less than three minutes later, defenseman Christopher Dienes buried his first of the season with the helper from Collier to tie the game 1-1.  Bobby MacIntyre gave Jacksonville its first lead of the game at 14:23 in the first.

MacIntyre would not be denied in the second period as he tallied his second of the evening to give the away team a 3-1 lead. Shortly later, Austin McKay found the back of the net for his second of the season to pull the Swamp Rabbits within one.

After a Garet Hunt slashing call, the Icemen were down a man. Alexandre Goulet notched his fifth of the season to give the Icemen a two-goal lead once again, extending his goal streak to four games.

The goal is also the first-ever shorthanded goal in Icemen history. The Swamp Rabbits got a goal back when Caleb Herbet struck with three minutes left in the second period.

Greenville forward Allan McPherson tied the game at 8:53 into the final frame. In an intense battle to pull ahead in the final minutes, the Icemen took a penalty and gave the Swamp Rabbits’ second-best power play in the league a chance to win the game. With just under three minutes remaining, Carter Sandlak scored for the hosts.

In South Carolina, the Stingrays were able to find scoring from one player in particular as Nick Johnson led the team to its fifth win of the season.

After a scoreless first period, Johnson was able to put the Stingrays on the board first with a power play goal, his third goal of the season. However, the Icemen would quickly respond.

Just 42 seconds later, Dienes continued his impressive road trip with a goal, his second on the season. Goulet recorded the primary assist, extending his point streak to five games and Emerson Clark picked up the secondary assist, his third-straight game with at least one point.

ICEMEN ACQUIRE KOSTALEK:  Jacksonville announced the acquisition of Jan Kostalek from AHL affiliate, Manitoba Moose. A fourth-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, Kostalek (6′-1″, 196 lbs) is in his third season of professional hockey. During the 2016-17 campaign, the Prague, Czech Republic native registered seven points (2G, 5A) in 60 games. In 112 career AHL games, Kostalek has 16 points (3G, 13A) and 40 penalty minutes with the Moose.

SOUTH DIVISION NOTES: Atlanta’s Thomas Frazee has 11 points (3g-8a) in his last seven games. The Gladiators have scored first in each of their last four games. Atlanta visits Norfolk on Wednesday and South Carolina on Friday and Saturday…..Florida’s Martin Ouellette is tied for second with five wins. The Everblades lead the league with 2.22 goals-against per game. Florida hosts Cincinnati on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and visits Orlando on Sunday….Greenville’s Allan McPherson had eight points (2g-6a) in three games last week. Greenville has scored a league-leading 18 goals in the second period. The Swamp Rabbits visit Orlando on Tuesday and Thursday….The IceMen’s Alexandre Goulet scored Jacksonville’s first-ever shorthanded goal on Saturday at Greenville. The IceMen have scored 10 of their 16 goals in the second period. Jacksonville visits Brampton on Wednesday, Manchester on Friday and Reading on Saturday….Norfolk’s Jamie Murray made a career-high 51 saves on Saturday against Manchester. Norfolk is 2-0-0 when leading after two periods. The Admirals host Atlanta on Wednesday and are at Brampton on Friday and Wheeling on Sunday.,,,Orlando’s Kristian Pospisil leads the league with a 50.0 percent shooting percentage (3-for-6). The Solar Bears are sixth with 35.43 shots per game….South Carolina’s Nick Johnson had four points (3g-1a) in two games last week. South Carolina leads the league with 27.00 shots-against per game. The Stingrays host Reading on Tuesday and Wednesday.

WEEKLY HONORS: Pat Nagle of the Toledo Walleye is the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Oct. 30-Nov. 5. It is the sixth time in his career that he has received the weekly honor, tied for the third most in ECHL history. Nagle went 3-0-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average and a save percentage of .933 in three appearances last week. Allan McPherson of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits is the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for Oct. 30-Nov. 5. It is the third time in his career that he has received the weekly honors. McPherson had eight points (2g-6a) in three games last week as the Swamp Rabbits extended their winning streak to four games.

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