Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Icemen Remain Undefeated with 3-2 Win Over Atlanta in OT

Photos by Nancy Beecher/Florida Sports Wire

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Icemen improved to 3-0 on the young ECHL season with a 3-2 OT win over Atlanta (2-3) Thursday night before 3,484 at Veterans Memorial Arena.

Cody Fowlie scored 40 seconds into overtime. His game winner and third goal of the season was assisted by Kris Newbury and Trey Phillips.

The Gladiators tied the game late in the final period on a goal by Jesse Gabrielle. Zach Malatesta and Derek Nesbitt got the assists at 17:33.

Wacey Rabbit (20) scored his second goal of the season on a pass from Dajon Mingo to give Jacksonville a 2-1 lead.

Wacey Rabbit’s shorthanded goal came on a breakaway pass from Dajon Mingo that gave the Icemen a 2-1 lead. It was Rabbit’s second goal of the season.

Icemen goalie Mikhail Berdin wasn’t tested early but wound up making 38 saves. He made seven in the opening frame, including point blank wrister by Nesbitt from three feet out.

Berdin was called up to Manitoba of the AHL on Friday.

Atlanta scored the first power play goal of the season against the Icemen to even the game at one. Justin MacDonald’s tap in was  assisted by Nolan LaPorte and Ben Danford. Coming into the game Jacksonville was 9 for 9 on penalty kills.

It’s two goals in two games for Jacksonville’s Garrett Cockerill, who joined the club last week. Alexis D’Oust and  Rabbit assisted on Cockerill’s goal at the 3:55 mark of the first period for a 1-0 advantage.

Atlanta goalie Sean Bonar finished the night with 26 saves. Bonar was looking for his first victory after thee games in the net.

Jacksonville plays another division rival Friday night when the face off  against Greenville (1-2) at 7:30 p.m

GAME NOTES: Atlanta’s Vytal Cote and Jacksonville’s Everett Clark went off for five minutes after squaring off at the Gladiators blue line late in the first period….the visitors thought they had tied the game just 27 seconds into the second period, but Danford’s goal was disallowed…in one of the more physical games so far this season officials handed out a total of 28 minutes in penalties but none in the third period….with Berdin’s call up rookie Tanner Jaillet will get the start tonight for the Icemen in his professional debut. The 25-year-old is a highly decorated collegiate athlete with an NCAA Championship to his name, along with back-to-back NCAA Goaltender of the Year awards.

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