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Ice host USHL champs twice this weekend

January 8, 2007 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Indiana Ice News Release

IN THE CREASE: Goaltender Cody Reichard has stood strong between the iron of late as he has collected wins in two of his last three appearances thanks to a solid .938 save percentage. The second-year netminder was in the pipes in the team's 3-1 victory over the Steel last Friday in Chicago where he turned back 27 of 28 shots.

THE PLAYMAKER: Forward John Kemp continues to fuel the Indiana Ice offense this season as he has registered ten points (G, 9A) in his last ten appearances. Kemp recorded a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Chicago before passing out two helpers in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Cedar Rapids. The two multi-point performances were Kemp's 11th and 12th of the season.

REIGNING CHAMPS ARE BACK IN TOWN: After pulling off a dramatic 5-4 overtime win against the reigning Clark Cup Champion Des Moines Buccaneers on "Pack the House Night" last February at Conseco Fieldhouse, the "Bucs" make their only visit of the season to the "Circle City" this weekend. The two teams had met on many occasions the past two years, but Des Moines switched to the West Division this season to accommodate the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets. All-time, the Ice is 6-8-1 against the Buccaneers.

MARLIN ON HAND: Sterling Marlin joins the Ice when they battle Des Moines Saturday for "Coors Light Night" with the Indiana Ice at Conseco Fieldhouse. A two-time winner of the Daytona 500, Marlin was named NASCAR's "Rookie of the Year" in 1983 and will be on hand for a meet and greet with fans where he will sign autographs. Additionally, one lucky fan will have a chance to race head-to-head against the NASCAR icon in a video game shown on the big screen to win a VIP "Track Pack" from Coors Light and the Indiana Ice during an intermission.

QUICK FACTS: Garrett Roe has 12 points (7G, 5A) in his last nine games....Roe and Kemp have combined for 23 points (6G, 17A) all-time against Des Moines....Ice forward Jake Skjodt has recorded 14 points in his last 14 games....Indiana's power play ranks second in the USHL (85.5%)....Indiana is 11-2-1 in Pepsi Coliseum this season....Gregory Squires has four points in his last four games.

ALUMNI UPDATE: Nebraska-Omaha's Eddie Del Grosso (2004-06) scored a goal and added three helpers in two wins against Lake Superior State last weekend....Bowling Green's Todd McIlrath (2004-06) and Kyle Page (2005-06) both picked up assists in a 5-1 win over Western Michigan on the weekend....Denver's Brian Gifford (2004-06) recorded an assist in a 3-1 win over Wisconsin this past weekend....Yale's Alec Richards (2004-05) made 41saves in a 4-3 win over Brown last weekend.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE_________________________SEASON RECORD 15-10-3

Friday, Jan. 12 DES MOINES 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 13 DES MOINES (at Conseco Fieldhouse) 7 p.m.

ALL HOME GAMES AT PEPSI COLISEUM UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. BOTH GAMES WILL BE AIRED ON B2 NETWORKS. GO TO WWW.INDIANAICE.COM AND VISIT THE GAME CENTER TO ACCESS AUDIO OR VIDEO FEEDS.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Ice practice Tuesday-Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Pepsi Coliseum and has a pre-game skate on Friday from 10-10:30 a.m.

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