Driedger Denies Road Warriors as IceMen Win 3-0
EVANSVILLE, Ind.-Despite facing a barrage of 34 shots, Chris Driedger shut out the Greenville Road Warriors to propel the Evansville IceMen, presented by Coors Light, to a 3-0 win at the Ford Center. With the win the IceMen (5-5-0-1, 11 points) stopped a four-game losing streak behind Driedger's 34-save effort and three 3rd period goals. With the loss the Road Warriors (8-6-0-0, 16 points) slipped to fourth place in the East Division.
After a scoreless first period, the IceMen retired Josh Beaulieu's number 20 as they displayed a banner honoring the former captain and current Assistant Coach during the first intermission. Beaulieu became the first player in team history to have his number retired as he shared the occasion with his friends and family.
Driedger and Jason Missiaen engaged in a goaltending battle for the first two periods of play as both teams entered the second intermission scoreless. The IceMen netminder turned away 24 shots through two periods. His counterpart kept the pace by stopping 21 IceMen attempts.
Just 44 seconds into the third period, the IceMen finally broke the tie. Jarret Lukin weaved through two Greenville defenders and roofed the puck to put Evansville up 1-0. Lukin's highlight reel effort would be the game winner.
Kale Kerbashian and Ty Wishart added the assists on Lukin's fourth of the season. Kerbashian extended his point streak to four games and now leads the team with 11 points on the season. For Wishart his assist was the 100th of his professional career.
Five minutes later, another milestone moment occurred. Brandon Wong shot the puck even with goal line, the puck bounced off of Missiaen 's pads and into the back of the net. Wong's goal was the 100th of his professional career. Peter Sakaris and Troy Rutkowski picked up points on the play that made it a 2-0 IceMen lead.
Later in the third, Wong found Myles Bell on an outlet pass that gave the IceMen a breakaway. Bell made a cross-ice pass that found the tape of Sakakris who banged it in from just outside of the crease. Sakaris' second of the season earned him the second star of the night.
The Road Warriors threw everything they could at Driedger. Rebounds, slap shots, dribblers, and one timers, but nothing would get by the Ottawa Senators prospect on this night as he earned his second career shutout.
With the win, Driedger moves to 2-4-0-1 on the season. Missiaen kept the IceMen off the board for two periods but took the loss as he stopped 29 of the 32 shots he saw.
The IceMen will embark on a two game road trip beginning on Friday Nov. 21 at Cincinnati and continuing Saturday Nov.22 at Toledo, before returning home on Sunday Nov. 23 for another game against Greenville.
It will be the first Subway Sunday at the Ford Center. Fans can get a ticket, a t-shirt, a popcorn, and a soda all for just $19. Call an IceMen ticket representative at 812-421-GOAL to get a Subway Sunday package today.
Single game tickets are on sale now for all games, including this Sunday's game against Greenville, at the Ford Center Box Office Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get your season tickets now to watch every exciting minute of IceMen hockey during the 2014-15 season at a discounted price. To learn more about becoming a season ticket holder, please call an IceMen Account Executive at (812) 421-GOAL (4625) or go to www. evansvilleicemen.com.
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