Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Clark Scores Two in Icemen’s Season Opening Loss


JACKSONVILLE – Greenville’s Nathan Perkovich scored with 19 seconds to play in overtime to hand the Jacksonville Icemen a 4-3 loss in the ECHL season opener Saturday night at sold-out Veterans Memorial Arena.

Roman Ammirato picked up the assist on the game winner.

“I was happy with the way we battled back. It was a tight game and we played well. A few lapses but we were in it all the way,” said Jacksonville coach Jason Christie after the game.

The Swamp Rabbits tied the game on C├ędric Lacroix’s shorthanded goal. Lacroix joined Greenville this season from Wheeling. He was second among ECHL rookies last year with five shorthanded goals.

The Icemen fell behind in the opening period 1-0. Ammirato’s goal was assisted by Perkovich and Lacroix.

Jacksonville (0-1) tied the game on Emerson Clark’s power play goal with 13:20 to play in the second period. Clark would give the Icemen their first lead of the night when he opened the scoring in the final period.

Ammirato’s second goal of the game made it 2-1. But the home team tied the game on a breakaway goal by Chase Witala.

Witala found an open left side against Callum Booth at the 15:22 mark of the second period.

Griffen Outhouse started in goal for Jacksonville. He stopped 32 shots in the loss.

Booth made 32 saves for Greenville (1-0).

GAME NOTES: New for this season, the ECHL now conducts a seven-minute, 3-on-3 overtime session…fireworks early in the game. Greenville’s Travis Howe and the Icemen’s Ian McKinnon dropped the gloves just eight seconds into the contest. Both went off for five minutes for fighting…the Icemen return home Oct. 30 against Atlanta… attendance was 8,597, a third straight home opener sellout.

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