2014-15 IceMen Season Screeches to a Stop in South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.- In the their final game of the 2014-15 season, the Evansville IceMen, presented by Coors Light, could not overcome the South Carolina Stingrays and the league's top defense and goaltender. Despite a hard fought effort, the IceMen fell by a score of 3-0.
IceMen Assistant Captain Travis Granbois announced during a radio interview that this game against South Carolina would be his last. In his final pro game, Granbois launched a team high five shots at the net.
In the first period, the IceMen and Stingrays each had chances to get on the board. However, Jeff Jakaitis and Branden Komm kept the game scoreless after one. Komm made 10 saves, while Jakaitis turned away eight pucks as the two netminders kept the duel even.
South Carolina struck in the second period. Patrick Gaul deflected in a pass from Jake Suter as he fell to the ice to give the Stingrays a 1-0 lead heading into the third period.
The final frame belonged to South Carolina. Derek DeBlois sounded the goal horn twice to push the Stingray advantage to three.
Evansville fired 25 shots at the net, but Jakaitis stopped all of them to preserve a 3-0 win for South Carolina. An All-ECHL First-Team selection, Jakaitis earned his seventh shutout of the year in the Stingray victory.
Komm finished with 32 saves in the loss. The rookie out of Bentley University posted the fourth highest save percentage and seventh best goals against average in franchise history (minimum 10 games played).
Several IceMen players have set professional and ECHL Career bests this season. In addition to the 13 rookies currently on the IceMen's roster, several IceMen players have set career highs. Here is that list: Troy Rutkowski (Goals, Assists, Points), Brandon Martell (G, A, P), Robin Soudek (A,P) Zack Currie (G,A,P) and Justin MacDonald (G, A, P).
The IceMen finished the season with the lowest win total in franchise history. Four teams (Florida, Greenville, Kalamazoo, and Rapid City) owe the IceMen future considerations this offseason. Free agency begins on June 13th.
Celebrate the 2014-15 season with a post-season party at Backstage Bar & Grill on Monday from 6-8 p.m. Fans can also bid on the IceMen's black jerseys in an auction at the event.
2015-16 season tickets are on sale now. Plans start at just $10 per ticket. Call an IceMen ticket executive at 812-421-GOAL to get your discounted season and group packages.
The Evansville IceMen Igloo, the official source of IceMen merchandise, is open Monday-Friday 9a.m.- 5p.m. Fans can also get merchandise at the online igloo athttp://www.theevansvilleicemen.com/shop/
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