IceMen Hammer Nailers in Dominating 6-1 Win
WHEELING, W. Va.-, The Evansville IceMen, presented Coors Light, clobbered the Wheeling Nailers from the opening period to the final horn in a dominating 6-1 road win. Kyle Shapiro led with the IceMen with three assists, including his first professional point to earn first star honors. Four more IceMen players finished with two points including Mark Anthoine who took home the game's second star.
The IceMen swarmed the Nailers early. Joe Zarbo made a pass that sprung Justin MacDonald on a breakaway. MacDonald drove the puck down the ice and slammed it into the back of the net to give the IceMen a 1-0 lead. Joe Zarbo added a helper on MacDonald's sixth of the year.
Just over a minute later, Zack Currie took a slap shot from the blue line. Phil Bushbacher deflected the puck past Eric Hartzell for his second goal of the season. Robin Soudek picked up a point on the play that made it a 2-0 IceMen lead heading into the first intermission.
Early the second period, the IceMen added to their lead. Robin Soudek rifled in a shot that made it a 3-0 game. Travis Granbois earned an assist on Soudek's 18th strike of the season.
The IceMen did not let up. Colin Murray fired a blast the Hartzell stopped. It would be Hartzell's final save of the night as Anthoine pounced on the rebound and drove it into the back of the net to put the IceMen up 4-0. Shapiro earned his first pro point on Anthoine's seventh goal.
Wheeling got one back on a power play. Zack Torquato broke up Branden Komm's shutout bid with his 18th of the year. Komm made 21 saves through two periods.
Less than 30 seconds later, the IceMen responded with a power play goal of their own. Anthoine won the faceoff back to Shapiro who slid a cross-crease feed to Luke Greiner. Right in front of the net, Greiner rocketed in his third of the year to make it a 5-1 IceMen lead after two stanzas. Zarbo now has three goals and six points in five games.
In the third period, the IceMen continued to dominate. Shapiro sent the puck around the net to Zarbo who carried it towards the crease and drilled it past Brandon Whitney to make it a 6-1 IceMen advantage.
The Nailers turned up the physicality in an effort to get offense. With less than two minutes remaining Tanner Burton ran into Komm, which started a brawl that saw Bushbacher and Granbois ejected along with Derek Army and Burton.
Komm would challenge Whitney to a fight, but the Nailer netminder declined. Instead, Komm remained the net where he made 35 saves to get his fourth win of the year and second against the Nailers.
The rookie out of Bentley University earned third star honors for his effort. With the win, Evansville won the season series with the Nailers 3-1.
The IceMen continue their six-game road trip to end the season with their final visit this year to Cincinnati to take on the Cyclones, Saturday night at 6:35 p.m. central time. Catch that game live at Bar Louie, the official watch party destination of the Evansville IceMen.
2015-16 season tickets are on sale now. Plans start at just $10 per ticket. Call an IceMen ticket executive at 812-421-GOAL to get your discounted season and group packages.
The Evansville IceMen Igloo, the official source for IceMen merchandise, is open Monday-Friday 9am- 5pm. Fans can also get merchandise at the online igloo at http://www.theevansvilleicemen.com/shop/
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