Jacksonville Sports Day

Bonts: Icemen Split with Growlers on Season’s Longest Road Trip; Mingo Named All-Star

Photos by Nancy Beecher/Florida Sports Wire

ST JOHNS, NEWFOUNDLAND – Zach O’Brien scored three goals Saturday night to lead the Newfoundland Growlers to a 5-1 ECHL win over Jacksonville before 4,159 at One Mile Centre.

Netminder Eric Levine made 28 saves in his first appearance for Newfoundland.

Maxime Fortier scored the Icemen goal on a power play assisted by Garret Cockerill and Christophe Lalancette.

Max Mizyurin, playing in just his third game of the 2018-19 campaign, added his first goal for Newfoundland, while Marcus Power got his 10th of the season and second in as many games for the Growlers; Power, also from St. John’s, had his team’s lone goal Friday.

It was a big weekend for Fortier. In Friday’s game he scored two goals as Jacksonville took the first of the two-game road test 2-1 Friday night before 3,928.

Fortier’s first goal came on a breakaway, beating goalkeeper Brad Barrone. Cockerill picked up the assist on his second goal at the 10:28 mark of the third period.

Power got Newfoundland on the scoreboard with his ninth-goal of the season. It came on a power play. Going into the game Power led the league with a 29.0 percent shooting percentage (9-for-31).

The Icemen continue their road trip in Atlanta on Saturday against the Atlanta Gladiators. The Icemen’s next home game is January 26th at Veterans Memorial Arena where The Icemen will take on the Florida Everblades in the team’s Military Appreciation Game. Game-time is set at 7 pm.

Dajon Mingo and Mikhail Berdin defend against the Growlers in Newfoundland.

MINGO NAMED TO ALL-STAR TEAM: Jacksonville defenseman Dajon Mingo has been selected to represent the Icemen, and Eastern Conference, at the 2018-2019 CCM/ECHL All-Star Game.

“I’m excited and would like to thank the icemen for the opportunity to play in the CCM/ECHL All Star Game. Being close to where I went to school (Bowling Green) and my hometown, make it that much more important to go out and play well,” said Mingo

Mingo (28), a native of Canton, Mich., is in his second season with Jacksonville.

The 5’ 10” defenseman played his junior hockey for the Kenai River Brown Bears and the Wenatchee Wild of the NAHL, and the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL. Mingo then went on to play 4 seasons for Bowling Green State University, where he accumulated 12 goals and 32 assists in 107 games plated.  Currently, Mingo leads the Icemen blueline with 19 points and is first in the ECHL for shorthanded goals by a defensemen with two.

“Mingo keeps growing as a player. If he is able to keep putting the hard work the sky is the limit for him. This can be seen with AHL call up, and now his All-Star nomination. It’s so great to see him represent the Icemen” said head coach Jason Christie.

JAX ROSTER MOVES:  Manitoba has reassigned defenceman Jacob Cederholm and Justin Woods to the Icemen. Cederholm, 20, has appeared in eight games with the Moose this season. The Helsingborg, Sweden product also has four assists and a plus-nine rating in 17 games with the Icemen. Cederholm was selected in the fourth round, 97th overall, by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Woods, 24, has one assist in six games with the Moose, and seven points (3G, 4A) in 19 games for Jacksonville this season. The Fairbanks, Alaska native completed his NCAA eligibility in 2017-18 after posting 47 points (18G, 29A) and 105 penalty minutes in 133 games with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

SOUTH GAMEDAY: Going into Saturday’s matches Atlanta’s Alex Overhardt is tied for second among rookies with five power-play goals. Blake Winiecki leads Florida against the Gladiators with four goals…Atlanta has scored 41 of their 82 goals in the second period….the Everblades are second with 2.53 goals-against per game…South Carolina’s Jonathan Charbonneau is tied for fourth among rookies with 30 points (8g-22a)….Colby McAuley leads Orlando against the Stingrays with five points (3g-2a)…the Stingrays are fourth on the penalty kill at 86.6 percent (116-for-134)…the Solar Bears are 12-0-0 when leading after two periods….Greenville’s Jake Bolton is tied for first among defensemen with four power-play goals…the Swamp Rabbits are 7-0-2 when leading after two periods.

ECHL PLAYERS OF THE MONTH: Wheeling Nailers’ forward Cam Brown has been named the CCM ECHL Player of the Month for December. Brown scored seven goals, assisted on 19 others and was a +14 in 13 games during the month. Michael Houser of the Cincinnati Cyclones has been selected as the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month. It is the second time in his career that he has received the monthly honor. Houser went 6-0-0 with a 1.17 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage during the month, helping the Cyclones to a 10-1-1 record in December. Utah Grizzlies’ forward J.T. Henke is the Howies Hockey Tape ECHL Rookie of the Month. Henke scored 10 goals and added two assists for 12 points in nine games during the month.

MOOSE CALLS: Manitoba announced forward Mason Appleton has been named to the 2019 Lexus AHL All-Star Classic presented by MGM Springfield on Jan. 27-28, 2019 at MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. the Winnipeg Jets have reassigned defenseman Jimmy Oligny to Manitoba. The Moose also announced the team has traded forward Tye McGinn to the Chicago Wolves in exchange for future considerations.

JET STREAMS: The Winnipeg Jets, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, announced that head coach Paul Maurice has been selected as the head coach for the Central Division in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. The 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend is being hosted by the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center on Jan. 25-26, 2019.

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