Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Icemen Get First Home Win, 5-2 Over South Carolina

Photo by Nancy Beecher/Florida Sports Wire

The long wait for the first home victory is over as the Jacksonville Icemen (2-6-1-0, 5 pts) defeated the South Carolina Stingrays 5-2 on Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Arena.

The game started off poorly for Jacksonville as the Stingrays scored just 1:46 into the first period.

However, that was the only lead the Stingrays would have in the game.

After a successful penalty kill, the Icemen would quickly even the game. Jimmy Lodge brought the puck up the ice with speed along with Garet Hunt on a 2-on-1.

Lodge’s patience with the puck paid off as he sent the puck past the sliding defenseman to find Hunt alone in front of the net for the goal.

Towards the end of the period, the Icemen would capitalize on their third power play of the game. Jimmy Lodge wasted little time as the forward scored 10 seconds into the man advantage to give Jacksonville a 2-1 lead heading into the locker room.

SOUTH DIVISION NOTEBOOK:  Atlanta’s Phil Lane is on an eight-game point streak (8g-6a).
The Gladiators last three wins have all come in overtime. Atlanta hosts Orlando on Thursday and South Carolina on Sunday…Florida’s Joe Cox is tied for second among rookies with two game-winning goals. The Everblades are 7-0-0 when scoring first. Florida visits Jacksonville on Friday and hosts the Icemen on Saturday….Geenville’s Sergey Zborovskiy is tied for first among rookie defensemen with nine points (4g-5a). Greenville’s six-game winning streak is tied for the longest in the league this season. The Swamp Rabbits host Orlando on Friday and Sunday while visiting South Carolina on Saturday…Jacksonville’s Dajon Mingo played in his 100th career ECHL game on Friday at Manchester. The Icemen are fifth on the penalty kill at 86.6 percent (39-for-44)…Norfolks’ Brady Vail is on a seven-game point streak (4g-10a). Norfolk is 2-0-1 when leading after two periods. The Admirals host Adirondack on Thursday and Wheeling on Friday and Saturday….Orlando’s Chris Crane leads Orlando with four goals. The Solar Bears are tied for fifth with 28.80 shots-against per game…The Stingrays’ Robbie Baillargeon has eight assists in his first eight pro games. South Carolina is third with 2.40 goals-against per game.

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