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Dayton Gems Weekend Preview

March 4, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Dayton Gems News Release

The Dayton Gems will kickoff their weekend with a road game in Evansville on Friday night before heading back to Dayton for a game against Missouri on Sunday.

Tonight's game against Evansville will be the final game of a three-game road trip for the Gems. Prior to tonight's game, the Gems are 1-1-0 on their road trip this week.

Dayton (26-24-4) is currently sitting in eighth place in the Turner Conference standings with 56 points. If the season were to end today, the Gems would have the final playoff spot.

Evansville

The last time these two teams played one another, the game ended in a shootout with Dayton winding up with a 6-5 win.

The entire game proved to be a wild one. The Gems took a season high 59 shots at the goal but trailed in the third period until Brett Lutes tied the game at 5-5 with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. After a scoreless overtime, Dayton's Tim Hartung scored the first goal in the shootout, which proved to be the winning goal as the IceMen failed to record a goal in the shootout.

That game took place in Dayton. Tonight's game is at Evansville, a place where the Gems won their last game 2-1 in overtime.

It will interesting to see if tonight's game turns into a wild night once again.

Missouri

This will be the second time in six days the Gems and Mavs have faced off. Dayton was in Independence, MO, on Tuesday and came out on the wrong end of a 3-1 game.

The Gems are now 1-1-0 against the Mavs this season. With Sunday's game being the final match-up between these two teams, the season series is up for grabs.

The key for the Gems in Sunday's game will be penetrating the Mavs' defense. Over the past five games, Missouri has recorded three shutouts while amassing a 4-1-0 record during that time. During that same duration of time, Missouri has scored three or more goals in each of its wins.

The Kettering Medical Center is proud to be the official title sponsor of the Gems for the 2010-11 season.

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