Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Icemen Thaw on the Road in 7-4 Loss to Orlando


ORLANDO — The Jacksonville Icemen fell to division rival Orlando 7-4 Monday at the Amway Center before a school-trip crowd of 8,153.

Wacy Rabbit scored a short handed goal while Everett Clark lit the light on a power play tally. Justin Woods and Dijon Mingo accounted for the other goals as the Icemen made their first trip of the season to Orlando.

The game marked the return of goaltender Mikhail Berdin who was reassigned to Jacksonville from Manitoba. Berdin made 36 saves against the Solar Bears.

Berdin spent three games with the Moose while Eric Comrie traveled to Finland with the Jets as a non-roster player. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Ufa, Russia product was spectacular in his time with the Moose going 3-0 with a 0.941 save percentage. His 1.92 goals-against average is ranked fourth in the AHL.

South Carolina visits the Icemen meet Thursday in Jacksonville at 10:30 a.m. in another school-trip day. A sellout is expected.

ROSTER ADDS – The Cleveland Monsters (AHL) have loaned Jacksonville Nikita Korostelev and Dan DeSalvo. Korostelev, 21, has played two games with the Monsters this season in his rookie campaign. Last season, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound forward got 2 points (1G, 1A) in 10 games with the Laval Rocket (AHL) following the culmination of a wildly successful juniors season in the OHL with the Peterborough Petes where he notched 75 points (30G, 45A) in 64 games. The Moskva, Russia product was drafted in round 7 #185 overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2015 NHL Draft. DeSalvo, 26, is entering his fourth professional season, having split time between the AHL and ECHL. The 5-foot-8, 172-pound forward spent the majority of last season with the Hartford Wolfpack (AHL) where he notched 16 points (5G, 11A) in 44 games. He also spent time with the Tulsa Oilers where he collected 8 points (4G, 4A) in 10 games. Prior to turning pro, the Rolling Meadows, IL native played NCAA hockey with Bowling Green State where he recorded 102 points (29G, 73A) in 153 games. In his first year pro, he was named to the 2015-16 ECHL All-Rookie Team.

WEEKLY HONORS – Grant Besse of the South Carolina Stingrays is the Inglasco ECHL Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4. Besse scored three goals, added three assists and was a +4 in two victories at Allen last week. The 24-year-old recorded four points, and had the game-winning goal, (2g-2a) in a 5-4 win on Friday and added two points (1g-1a) in a 4-1 victory on Saturday.Jacksonville’s Cam Maclise was nominated. Cam Johnson of the Adirondack Thunder has been named the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week. Johnson went 2-0-0 with one shutout, a 0.50 goals-against average and a save percentage of .980 in two appearances last week. The 24-year-old made 34 saves in a 5-1 win against Newfoundland on Tuesday and stopped all 16 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory at Worcester on Friday.



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