Weekend Preview: IceMen vs. Toledo, 7:15pm Saturday
ONE FISH IN THE POND
Saturday is the only time the Walleye swim down to Evansville during the 2015-16 season. The two teams meet four times, but three of those will be at the Huntington Center in Toledo, OH (December 9, January 15 and March 19). Last season, the IceMen and Walleye both competed in the North Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference. Under the league's realignment of the divisions, Evansville is now in the Midwest Division of the Western Conference.
MUCH NEEDED Z's
Joe Zarbo and Matthew Zay are expected to be a big part of Evansville's scoring in 2015-16. Zarbo recorded six points (three goal and three assists) in nine games for the IceMen at the end of last season after his college career ended at Clarkson. The Grand Island, NY native scored Evansville's lone goal in the home opener last Saturday, a nifty backhander on the power-play in the third period. Zay had four shots on goal Saturday, which was second best among IceMen skaters, and finished his college career with 47 goals in four seasons for Mercyhurst College.
WORST TO FIRST
Toledo proved last season that going from the doghouse to the penthouse was possible. The Walleye finished last in the standings in 2013-14, but rebounded by winning 50 games and the North Division in 2014-15. Evansville is hoping to follow in Toledo's footsteps, as the IceMen finished last season in the league cellar with just 15 wins. With a healthy mix of veterans and rookies, 11 players sent to the IceMen from the team's AHL affiliate in Binghamton and a good crop of goaltenders, this could be the team to do it.
After Saturday's game, the IceMen will prepare for their first road trip of the season. The team has another week off before the third game of a 72-game schedule, a Halloween Night tilt in Greenville, S.C. against the Swamp Rabbits. The IceMen stay in the Palmetto State, but travel to Charleston for a Sunday afternoon contest against the South Carolina Stingrays November 1. The next time Evansville plays a home game will be Wednesday, November 4, when the IceMen host the Indy Fuel for a 9:30am start on what will be the team's fifth-annual Education Day.
THE FUTURE IS NOW
Hop in the Delorean as the IceMen celebrate the month and year Marty McFly traveled into the future in the second film of the Back to the Future trilogy. In the movie, McFly enters the future on October 21, 2015 and is greeted by 3D televisions and hovercrafts (both now exist). The Evansville players will wear specialty jerseys, which will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds benefitting the Riley Hospital for Children. "Back to the Future Night" is sponsored by Orthopaedic Associates.
Fans can purchase tickets to the game via www.ticketmaster.com or the Ford Center box office for as low as $15 per ticket for adults and $10 for kids under 12.
Group tickets are available for all IceMen home games at a discounted rate for groups of ten people or more. For more information, visit www.evansvilleicemen.com or call an IceMen Account Executive at 812-421-GOAL (4625). New this year is the Friday Hat Pack, where a group ticket will include a Evansville IceMen hat, all for just $20.
Season tickets will be pro-rated now that the season has started and are available for as low as $10 per ticket. Contact an IceMen Account Executive to be a part of the action. Call 812-421-GOAL (4625) for more information or to join the Season Ticket Holder family.
IceMen (0-1-0) vs. Toledo Walleye (0-1-1)
Saturday, October 24th - 7:15pm - Ford Center
Back to the Future Night
This Season - First of 4 meetings (only meeting at Ford Center).
Last Season - Evansville: 0-3-0, Toledo: 3-0-0
All-Time - Evansville: 8-13-0, Toledo: 13-7-1
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