Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Icemen Return Home Wednesday to Face Orlando; Mingo Back on Blueline

FILE PHOTO By NANCY BEECHER

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Icemen host Orlando Wednesday night in the first of a three-game homestand.

Jacksonville has dropped four in a row, including two to Idaho. Last time out the Icemen rallied from a three-goal deficit, before falling 3-2 to South Carolina in Charleston.

Down 3-1 late in the third, the Icemen pulled Ken Appleby in favor of the extra attacker and the move paid off with a goal by Kris Newbury at 17:51.

Dajon Mingo stepped off a plane and onto the ice in Charleston, contributing one point in his first game back from Manitoba.

Mingo, 28, saw action in one game for the Moose recording a plus-one rating. The Canton, MI native has 15 points (5G, 10A) and a plus-six rating in 21 games with the Icemen this season.

The 5-foot-8, 174-pound blueliner is in his fourth professional campaign, recording 69 points (19G, 50A) in 175 ECHL games between Jacksonville, Kalamazoo, and Toledo. Prior to turning pro, Mingo played 107 NCAA games with Bowling Green State, notching 44 points (12G, 32A) and a plus-nine rating.

At Florida Appleby stopped a season-high 45 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Everblades. After a scoreless first, Jacksonville tallied the lone goal of the second period.

Florida answered back in the third, tacking on three goals in just over ten minutes to extend it’s point streak to nine games and take over first place in the South.

Appleby, 23, joined the Icemen after five appearances with the Moose this season recording a 4.78 goals-against average and an 0.873 save percentage.

The 6-foot-4, 209-pound netminder spent the majority of last season with the New Jersey Devils’ AHL club, Binghamton, where he posted a 2.76 goals-against average and 0.901 save percentage in 26 games.

The North Bay, Ontario native appeared in three NHL games with New Jersey, stopping 52 of 55 shots and posting a 1.45 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in 124 minutes of action.

ICEMEN NOTES: Garret Cockerill is on a three-game point streak (3A)…Wacey Rabbit is on a two-game point streak (1G, 2A)…Maxime Fortier has goals in back-to-back games.–the Icemen finished the four-game road stint with one point.. Jacksonville Icemen welcomed the return of defenseman Jack Glover from Manitoba, along with defenseman Kayle Doetzel and forward Nikita Korostelev from Cleveland…forward Cam Maclise has been recalled by the Moose.

ECHL NOTES: Greenville’s Garrett Bartus is fourth with 499 saves…Orlando’s Brady Shaw is on a four-game point streak (4g-3a)….Swamp Rabbits are 5-0-1 when leading after two periods.,,,Solar Bears are tied for sixth with 3.62 goals per game….South Carolina’s Jonathan Charbonneau is third among rookies with 80 shots on goal…Branden Troock leads Atlanta against the Stingrays with three goals and four points.,,,Stingrays are 8-3-0 in one-goal games,,,Gladiators are fifth on the power play at home at 23.3 percent (10-for-43)…. the 2019 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic will air LIVE exclusively on NHL Network™ on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at 7 p.m. EST from the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio…the ECHL, in conjunction with Visit Wichita and the Wichita Thunder, announced the selection of Wichita as the host city for the 2020 ECHL All-Star Classic. The game will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at INTRUST Bank Arena, and will also include the official induction ceremony of the 13th Class of the ECHL Hall of Fame.

MOOSE TRACKS: The Manitoba Moose (11-12-2-0) came up just short in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Stockton Heat (12-12-1-0) to close out a six-game road swing Saturday night. The Heat carried over their shooting barrage from Friday, firing 14 shots at former Iceman Mikhail Berdin in the opening frame. Berdin stopped 12 straight shots over the course of three overtime periods before Curtis Lazar’s goal….Manitoba signed forward Austin Carroll to a professional tryout agreement. Carroll, 24, has 16 points (6G, 10A) in 20 games this season with the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL).

JET STREAMS: The Jets have reassigned defenseman Cam Schilling to the Manitoba Moose. Schilling, 30, made his Jets debut and recorded his first NHL point on Nov. 29 against the Chicago Blackhawks….Winnipeg also reassigned defenseman Nelson Nogier to Manitoba. Nogier, 22, made his season debut for the Jets in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the New York Islanders. He has also played 21 games for the Moose this season and has one assist and 14 penalty minutes.

WHAT’S NEXT: Wednesday, December 12 vs Orlando, 7 p.m.; Friday, December 14 vs Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 15 vs Florida, 7 p.m..

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