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February 2, 2005 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Winston-Salem Polar Twins

In three games last week the Polar Twins played their hearts out but were unable to come up with a victory. All three games went into overtime and two ended in a shootout, dropping the Twins’ record to 11-29 on the season.

Friday, January 28 v. Jacksonville: Trevor Jobe had a goal and two assists in his Polar Twins debut but it was not be enough as Winston-Salem lost a heartbreaker to the Jacksonville Barracudas 5-4 in overtime Friday night.

Playing with a short roster, the Polar Twins came out strong in the first period. Brett Cross put the Twins up 1-0 with a power play tally only 1:17 into the game. Steve Lajoie found Cross wide open at the right post and made a soft cross-crease pass to give Cross his 12th goal of the season.

Jacksonville tied it up just over a minute later on Darren Partch’s fifth goal of the season. Rick Nichol made the save on the initial shot but Patch poked the puck from under Nichol’s glove for a 1-1 game.

Shaun Aebig’s 16th goal of the season put the Polar Twins up 2-1. Jacksonville goaltender Randy Hevey thought he had stopped the puck but it trickled through his pads and over the goal line.

Then with only 34 seconds remaining on the first period and the Polar Twins on their second power play of the nigh, Twins Captain Rhett Dudley drilled a shot from the point through a screen to beat Hevey and give the Polar Twins their largest lead of the night at 3-1.

The Barracudas made it a one-goal game in the second period. Brent Rumble found himself alone in the slot and wristed a shot low to Nichol’s stick side to make it 3-2 with Winston-Salem still on top.

The third period saw that lead slip away for good for the Twins. After Jobe made it 4-2 in favor of Winston-Salem, Jacksonville came back to score two more to send the game to overtime.

In the extra session, the Barracudas wasted no time in finishing the comeback as Rumble scored his second goal of the game only 13 seconds in to give the ‘Cudas the 5-4 victory.

Winston-Salem was 3-7 on the power play while they held Jacksonville at bay with the extra man, killing off both of the ‘Cudas power plays. Nichol stopped 38 shots in goal for Winston-Salem despite giving up the five goals. Hevey made 22 saves on 26 shots for the win in net for Jacksonville.

Saturday, January 29 at Knoxville: Curtis Bodnar scored the game-winning goal in a shootout to give the Knoxville Ice Bears a 6-5 victory Saturday night at Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Shaun Aebig lead the Polar Twins with two goals and an assist.

Knoxville held a lead heading into the third period on first period goals from Kevin Swider and Brad Hawkins. After a scoreless middle frame, the Polar Twins mounted a comeback, scoring five straight goals for a 5-2 lead with 11:23 remaining in the game.

Aebig started the rally with a power play goal only 1:09 into the third period with assists going to Shawn Breaker and Trevor Jobe. Brett Cross tied the game 2-2 only 17 seconds later with his first of two goals on the night. Billy Rochefort added another for Winston-Salem at the 2:59 mark to give the Twins the 3-2 lead.

The score remained that way for another 4 minutes, 48 seconds when Aebig netted his second goal of the game – and team-leading 18th of the season – to increase the Polar Twins’ lead to two goals at 4-2. Cross’ second of the game, a shorthanded tally at 8:37, made it 5-2 and put Winston-Salem in the driver’s seat. Or so they thought.

K.C. Caudill drew the Ice Bears within two at 5-3 with his 19th goal of the season at 12:14. Then, with an empty net and the extra attacker on, Knoxville scored two goals within the last 1:10 of the third to tie the game at 5-5. David Bagley made it 5-4 at the 18:10 mark, setting the stage for Mike Craigen’s 11th goal of the season to send the Polar Twins into their second overtime game in two days.

With no scoring in the extra session, the game was pushed to a shootout. The shootout took five rounds for a decision when Marcus Willy was unable to score on Knoxville goaltender James Ronayne but Bodnar was able to beat Rick Nichol for the 6-5 win. .

Sunday, January 30 v. Asheville: It took a shootout but the Asheville Aces defeated the Winston-Salem Polar Twins 4-3 Sunday night at LJVM Annex. Chad Brandimore had two goals for the Aces, including the game-winner in the shootout.

The Polar Twins got off to a quick start, scoring only 41 seconds into the game to grab the 1-0 lead. Trevor Jobe got control of the puck in the left wing faceoff circle and skated in untouched by the Asheville defense. Jobe took advantage of the situation to fake out Aces goaltender Mark Scally and once Scally went down, slid the puck over the goal line for the fastest goal in Polar Twins history.

Asheville came back in the second with Peter Cermak’s 11th goal of the season to tie it 1-1 at 1:09 of the frame. Brandimore made it 2-1 Asheville at 12:46 of the second, wristing an off-balance shot past Rick Nichol for his fourth goal of the season.

Winston-Salem tied it up at 14:10 on a power play tally by Richard Gustafsson. Scally stopped the first shot but could not control the rebound, which was gobbled up by Gustafsson who buried the puck for his fifth goal of the season.

Asheville regained the lead later in the period when a bad defensive play at center ice by the Polar Twins caused a two-on-one break which resulted in Chester Gallant’s first goal in an Aces uniform and a 3-2 Asheville lead.

Mike Walling tied it for the Polar Twins in the third, drilling a shot from the top of the faceoff circle to beat Scally and send the Twins to their third straight overtime game.

Both teams went scoreless in the overtime, brining the Twins to their second straight shootout and first at home this season. In the shootout, Scally stopped all three shots he faced and Brandimore scored the only goal for Asheville to lead the Aces to the 4-3 victory..

Calendar

Upcoming schedule of appearances, practices, games, and promotions

Practice: Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-11:30 a.m. LJVM Annex

Pre-game Skate: Friday 9:30-11:30 a.m. LJVM Annex

Upcoming Games

Friday, February 4 Huntsville Havoc @ Polar Twins 7:30 p.m. LJVM Coliseum Annex

Saturday, February 5 Columbus Cottonmouths @ Polar Twins 7:30 p.m. LJVM Coliseum Annex

Upcoming Promotions

Friday is Wake Forest Night with the Polar Twins. Tickets are on sale at the WFU Student Union and a discount will also be given at the gate with a WFU ID. Saturday is Hawaiian Luau night with the Polar Twins. Fans attending the game wearing a Hawaiian print shirt will receive $2 off the regular ticket price. For more information on these and other promotions, contact the Polar Twins office at (336) 724-1011.

Community Participation

Monday, January 31

Polar Twins players Trevor Karasiewicz will participate in Public Skate at the Annex, helping children learn to ice skate.

Transactions

Roster changes for the week

01/29/05 ADD Kirkby, Steve (F) signed contract

01/28/05 ADD Jobe, Trevor (F) signed contract

01/27/05 ADD Breaker, Shawn (D) signed contract

01/27/05 DEL McCarthy, Liam (D) traded to Knoxville

01/27/05 DEL Miller, Jamie (F) placed on team suspended list

Jobe strong in debut for Twins

Seven points in three games

When the Polar Twins signed veteran forward Trevor Jobe last Friday, Head Coach Bryan Wells intended to play him in special situations, such as the team’s fifth-ranked power play unit. In the end, Jobe has seen a lot more ice time and has contributed seven points in the process. With three players out of the lineup due to the immigration crisis that has hit professional hockey this year, Jobe has stepped into a vital role with in the Winston-Salem lineup and has shown Polar Twins fans that he still has what it takes.

Other notable performances:

Shaun Aebig with 3 goals, 2 assists

Brett Cross with 3 goals, 2 assists

Trevor Karasiewicz with 5 assists

Team leaders

Points Shaun Aebig – 43 points (18G, 25A)

Goals Shaun Aebig – 18 goals

Assists Trevor Karasiewicz – 30 assists

Power Play Goals Shaun Aebig – 6 PPG

Shorthanded Goals Brett Cross – 2 SHG

Penalty Minutes Graham Dearle – 96 PIM

+/- Shaun Peet – +1

Shots Richard Gustafsson – 125 shots

Game-Winning Goals T-Shaun Aebig – 2 GWG

T-Brett Cross – 2 GWG

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