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Ice on the Road Again

March 18, 2013 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Indiana Ice News Release

HOMESTAND: The Indiana Ice earned three of four possible standings' points last weekend as they finished the two-game set with a 1-0-1 record. Anderson Snair kept the goal lamps quiet, blocking all 22 shots in Indy's 1-0 shutout win over the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Friday from Pan Am Plaza. Matt Krug provided the lone goal for the Ice with help from Bo Pieper and Bryan Yim. Another solid performance by Snair took Saturday's contest with the Chicago Steel into a shootout en route to a 3-2 extra session loss from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mikhail Plotnikov and Mitch Hults lit the lamp for Indy in regulation.

BRICK HOUSE: In only his 13th appearance in an Indiana Ice sweater, goaltender Anderson Snair bested all 22 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders shots to earn his first career shutout in Indy's 1-0 win on Friday. The Halifax, Nova Scotia native followed Friday's performance by recording 30 saves on 32 shots as the Ice fell to the Chicago Steel in a shootout on Saturday. Snair finished the weekend with an impressive .963 save percentage and a 0.96 GAA in the weekend pair.

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION: Forward Mikhail Plotnikov continues to lead the Ice's offensive efforts as he has recorded five goals and an assist in his past four games, spearheaded by a four-point effort against Team USA earlier this month. Through 51 games this season, Plotnikov leads all Icemen in points (34), goals (14) and assists (20) and has logged eight multiple-point games.

KEEPING STEADY: Forwards Mitch Hults and Patrick Newell have been putting up solid numbers for the Ice as both players have combined for six points (2G, 4A) in their past four contests. Hults has three points (G, 2A) in his past two games and eight points since joining the squad in early January. Newell has three points (G, 2A) in three of his last four games and six points in ten matches with Indy.

TEAM ACCOUNTS: Indy has only allowed two power play goals in their last 12 games and is 34 of 36 on the penalty kill during the stretch...The Ice is 1-5-1 against Youngstown this season with all but two games being decided by two goals or less...Indy is 3-1-2 against Chicago this year with four of the six games going to overtime and/or the shootout...Indy is the least penalized team in the league (12.76 PIMS/game).

ALUMNI SHOUT: Collegiately: Kevin Goumas (09-10, New Hampshire) and Grant Blakey (08-09, Mercyhurst) led Ice alumni with four point efforts last weekend...Kyle Bonis (07-08, Ferris State) and Brian Ferlin (09-11, Cornell) recorded three points last weekend...Sean Kuraly (09-12, Miami) led Miami with a pair of goals in Sunday's series clinching win over Michigan State...Jon Gillies (10-12, Providence) won a pair of games as the Friars advanced in their tournament.

NHL DEBUT: Former Ice defenseman Cameron Schilling (07-08) made his NHL debut last week as he suited up for the Washington Capitals in their 3-0 loss to Carolina last Monday. The Carmel, IN native had been playing for the Caps top affiliate in Hershey, PA where he produced 14 points (6G, 8A) and 51 penalty minutes in 56 games. Schilling joins defensemen John Carlson and Torey Krug and forward Joel Rechlicz as the four Ice alumni to have played in a NHL game.

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