Four Second Period Goals Lead Allen Past IceMen
ALLEN, TX - A fast start Wednesday was not enough for the Evansville IceMen at the Allen Events Center, as the Allen Americans used a four-goal second period to beat the IceMen 7-4 in the first ever meeting between the two teams.
The IceMen scored on their first shot, when Casey Thrush tapped a centering pass from Daultan Leveille into a wide open net at 3:13 of the first period. Leveille converted on a penalty shot three minutes later to give Evansville a 2-0 lead. Allen cut the lead in half when the Americans' top-ranked power play scored on their second opportunity of the period. Tristan King blasted a shot from the point through traffic early in the man advantage. Rookie forward Mac Olson tallied his first career goal late in the frame to put Evansville back in front by two goals at the first intermission.
Allen exploded for 26 shots and four goals in the second period to lead 5-3 after two. First, rookie defenseman Thomas Carr snuck a shot past IceMen goalie Scott Greenham on the far post 2:27 into the period. Gary Steffes then tied the game at 7:12 on a setup pass from league-leading scorer Chad Costello. It was Costello's third assist of the game and 100th point this season.
The Americans took their first lead 44 seconds after Steffes' goal, when David Makowski fired a shot from the point through a screen to make it 4-3. Defenseman Eric Roy added the fifth Americans goal short-handed on a wraparound that banked off of Greenham's pad and in.
Roy sniped a shot under the cross bar 5:06 into the third period to extend Allen's lead to 6-3. Leveille buried his second goal in a three-point night late in the third period to cut the Americans' lead to two, but Steffes added an empty netter to seal Allen's 7-4 win. Greenham stopped 46 shots in the defeat, while Americans' rookie goaltender Jake Hildebrand made 26 saves in the win.
The IceMen finish the regular season with games Friday and Saturday at 7:05pm both nights here in Allen against the Americans. Both games will be broadcast on www.evansvilleicemen.com and ECHL TV, with pregame coverage starting at 6:50pm. Saturday will be the last Official Viewing Party out at Bar Louie in Evansville, the headquarters for IceMen away games.
Fri. 4/8 - Evansville at Allen (7:05pm) - Allen Event Center (Allen, TX)
Sat. 4/9 - Evansville at Allen (7:05pm) - Allen Event Center (Allen, TX)
FINAL JERSEY AUCTION
The final chance to bid on game-worn player jerseys will be in a live auction Monday, April 11 at 6pm at Beef O' Brady's in Newburgh. Following the team's final three games in Allen, Texas on April 6, 8 and 9, all of the Evansville IceMen players will sign their jerseys for the winning bidders.
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