Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Berdin Records First Shut Out to Silence Growlers

Photo by Nancy Beecher/Florida Sports Wire

JACKSONVILLE – Mikhail Berdin recorded his first professional shut out as the Jacksonville Icemen (11-5-0)   defeated Newfoundland 2-0 Wednesday night before 4,328 at Veterans’ Memorial Arena.

Kim Newberry scored his second goal of the season and Matt Fortier his first. Both came in the second period. Newbury began his pro career in 2003 with the American Hockey League’s St. John’s Maple Leafs,

Berdin made 25 saves. Michael Garteig stopped 21 in the loss.

The win snapped the Growlers eight game winning streak.

Newfoundland (13-6-0) assistant John Snowden was in charge of the Growlers’ bench for a third straight game as head coach Ryane Clowe remains sidelined indefinitely for medical reasons.

In all, Clowe has missed a half dozen games this season with what’s suspected are symptoms connected to concussions he suffered as an NHL player.

The Growlers remain in Florida, finishing up a five-game road trip Friday and Saturday with matchups against the Solar Bears. The Icemen host Greenville on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

ROSTER ADDS – Forwards Sam Vigneault and Kole Sherwood have joined the Icemen from the AHL Cleveland Monsters. Vigneault, 23, is entering his second pro season and had an assist against Newfoundland in his first game. The 6-foot-5, 203-pound forward joined the Monsters at the end of the 2016-2017 season following three years with Clarkson University (NCAA) where he recorded 75 points (30G, 45A) in 106 games. Sherwood, 21, is a homegrown Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) prospect from New Albany, OH. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound forward has played for both the bantam and under-16 Ohio Blue Jackets before heading to juniors in the OHL where he recorded 179 points (75G, 104A) in 180 games.

LEAGUE HONORS –  Troy Josephs of the Wheeling Nailers is the Inglasco ECHL Player of the Week. Josephs scored six goals and added one assist for seven points in four games last week. The 24-year-old had a goal in a 2-1 loss to Toledo on Tuesday, notched his second professional hat trick in a 4-1 win at Jacksonville on Friday, and after being held off the score sheet in a 4-1 victory at South Carolina on Saturday, posted three points (2g-1a) in a 5-4 overtime win at Greenville on Sunday.  Jonas Johansson of the Cincinnati Cyclones has been named the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week. Johansson went 2-0-0 with one shutout, a 0.50 goals-against average and a save percentage of .981 in two appearances last week. The 23-year-old stopped all 23 shots he faced in a 9-0 win against Greenville on Tuesday and made 30 saves in a 4-1 victory over Fort Wayne on Friday.






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