Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Icemen Tame the Beast in 4-3 Victory; City to Host All-Star Game

Wacy Rabbitt/File Photo by Nancy Beecher

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville Icemen scored on two power plays in a 4-3 ECHL win over Brampton Saturday night before 8,276 at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

The ECHL also announced that the 2021 All-Star Game will be played in Jacksonville.

“The ECHL Board of Governors is proud to announce unanimous support to bring the All-Star Classic and its festivities to Jacksonville,” said ECHL Commissioner Ryan Crelin. “In three seasons, Jacksonville has become one of the top organizations in the ECHL and certainly deserves the opportunity to be the host of this event.”

Brampton’s Jackson Leef cut the Jacksonville (12-18-2) lead to 4-3 on their own power play goal in the final period.

The Icemen had a man advantage when Alexis D’Oust found the net for his seventh tally of the season to tie the game in the first period.

Brampton (22-13-2) sharpshooter David Vallorani came into the game with 19 goals and gave the visitors a 1-0 lead four minutes into the opening period,

Rookie Bobby Lynch scored his seventh goal of the season for the Icemen on another power-play to open the second period.

The Beasts’ Erik Bradford kotted the game at two, before goals by Pierre Luc-Mercier and Chase Lang gave the Iceman a 4-2 advantage heading into the final period.

Jacksonville goaltender Adam Carlson finished with 23 saves. Brampton’s Evan Fitzpatrick made 21 saves in the loss.

The all-sta game will take place on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena, and will also include the official induction ceremony of the 14th Class of the ECHL Hall of Fame, as well as the All-Star Fan Fest.

“We thank the ECHL for recognizing the tremendous support our fans have given us,” said Icemen President Bob Ohrablo. “It is truly an honor to host this event. We would also like to thank the continued support of the City of Jacksonville, and our arena’s management team.”

Ticket information and availability will be announced at a later date. For the first time, the Warrior/ECHL All-Star Classic will support a local non-profit organization as a portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Kids Hope Alliance.

The Icemen are home Wednesday against the Southern Division first place South Carolina Stingrays. Game time is 7 p.m.

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