Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Jacksonville Turns Out Lights on Solar Bears, 6-2

Photos by Nancy Beecher/Florida Sports Wire

JACKSONVILLE – Everett Clark’s goal in the final seconds of the second period gave the Icemen an advantage over Orlando they would never relinquish in a 6-2 ECHL victory Friday night.

The goal was even more costly for Orlando, as Vincent Dunn was called for checking Clark from behind and given a game misconduct. The Solar Bears also had to serve a five minute major for the infraction that spilled over into the third period.

The Icemen (2-0) made the most of the opportunity.

Veteran Wacy Rabbit’s first goal of the season, assisted by Cameron Critchlow and Alexis D’Aoust, put Jacksonville ahead 4-2 in in opening seconds of the last period

D’Aoust cut into the lead with his second goal of the season on a feed by Jack Glover eight minutes into the second. He would cap the scoring with 11 seconds to play in the game. And named Star of the Game for his two-goal performance.

The hosts used the a power play goal to tie the game in the second period.

With Orlando’s Mike Monfredo sitting in the penalty box for cross checking, Garrett Cockerill, playing in his first game for the Icemen, knotted the game. Rabbit and Kris Newbury got the assists.

Mikhail Berdin would finish the game with 23 saves.

Cody Fowlie’s second goal of the season got past goaltender Martin Ouellette for the Icemen’s fifth goal. Ouellete made 25 saves.

The Solar Bears (1-3) got off to a fast start, scoring midway through the first period, then adding a goal in the final 30 seconds.

After unanswered goals by Michael Brodzinski and Hunter Fejes, Jacksonville regrouped behind goaltender Mikhail Berdin. Berdin would finish the game with 23 saves.

The Icemen host Atlanta Thursday at 7 p.m.

 GAME NOTES: Brady Shaw got the assist on Brodzinski’s goal….Mike Monfredo and Zach Todd. picked up the assists on Fejes’s red-lighter….after two periods the Icemen out shot Orlando 22-19….Jacksonville’s Newbury and D’Aoust both finished the night with two assists……the Icemen were on the power play eight times, scoring twice….Icemen captain Garet Hunt received a game misconduct for a slashing major in the first period…fans voted to name the team’s new mascot “Fang” in honor of  K-9,  the JSO police dog shot and killed last month in the line of duty.

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