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HOCKEY NOTES: ECHL Weekly Awards; Icemen Add Forward Mercier

Josh Dickinson of the Utah Grizzlies

The Jacksonville Icemen, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and AHL’s Manitoba Moose, announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Pierre-Luc Mercier.

Mercier, 26, joins the Icemen after making one appearance for the Orlando Solar Bears this season. Mercier recorded 47 points (13g, 34a) in 66 games played last season split between the Rapid City Rush (ECHL) and the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL). Mercier also posted 12 points in 11 playoff appearances with the Monarchs last spring.

During the 2017-18 season, the 6-1, 180-pound forward collected 42 points (17g, 25a) in 68 ECHL games played with the Adirondack Thunder. In his four-year career at Bowling Green State University, Mercier played in 157 games from 2013 to 2017, totaling 76 points (22g, 54a).

Emerson Clark leads Jacksonville with two goals. The Icemen have scored three of their four goals in the second period. The Icemen released defenseman Nick Wright on Monday.

The Icemen travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana this weekend to take on the Komets for a pair of games beginning on Friday at 8 p.m.

Jacksonville returns home on Wednesday, Oct. 30 against the Atlanta Gladiators. Contact 904-602-7825 or visit www.jacksonvilleicemen.com for more information.

SOUTHERN DIVISION NOTES: Atlanta’s Scott Conway leads rookies with five goals….Atlanta is tied for fifth with 4.33 goals per game….The Gladiators are at Greenville on Friday and Saturday….Florida’s Justin Auger has at least one point in each of Florida’s three games (2g-2a)….the Everblades improved to 18-3-1 all-time in home openers with Saturday’s win over Norfolk….Florida travels to Orlando on Friday and hosts the Solar Bears on Saturday….Greenville’s Adam Larkin is fifth among defensemen with four points (2g-2a)….Greenville has scored at least three goals in each of its four games…Norfolk’s Brandon Halverson has faced 30 or more shots in each of his three appearances…Norfolk has scored at least one power-play goal in each of its four games…the Admirals host South Carolina on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday…Orlando’s Ryan Lohin scored his first pro goal on Saturday at South Carolina…the Solar Bears have scored four of their six goals in the third period…South Carolina’s Tom Parisi is tied for fourth in the league in plus-minus at +5….South Carolina is 7-for-7 on the penalty kill.

ECHL WEEKLY HONORS: Josh Dickinson of the Utah Grizzlies is the Inglasco ECHL Player of the Week. Dickinson scored seven goals and added one assist in three games last week. The 21-year-old had four points (3g-1a) in a 7-1 win against Wichita on Wednesday, added his second consecutive hat trick in a 10-4 win at Allen on Friday and had a goal in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Americans on Saturday. Under a National Hockey League contract with the Colorado Avalanche, Dickinson leads the ECHL with seven goals and is tied for fifth with eight points.

Tomas Sholl of the Idaho Steelheads is the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week. It is the second time this season, and fifth time in his career, that Sholl has received the weekly honor. Sholl went 1-0-0 with a 0.94 goals-against average and a save percentage of .960 last week. The 25-year-old turned aside 24 of the 25 shots he faced in a 2-1 win over Wichita on Friday. Under contract with Texas of the American Hockey League, Sholl has appeared in 61 career ECHL games with Idaho and Adirondack with an overall record of 43-12-4 with seven shutouts, a 1.99 goals-against average and a save percentage of .935. Last season, he earned a spot in the ECHL All-Star Classic while being named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team and the All-ECHL Second Team.

JET STREAMS: The Winnipeg Jets have claimed defenseman Luca Sbisa off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks. Sbisa, 29, had one assist in nine games for the New York Islanders last season. He has appeared in 504 games during his 11-season NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks, Vegas Golden Knights, and Islanders, collecting 103 points (18G, 85A). He played in 12 games for Vegas when they won the Western Conference and went to the Stanley Cup Final in 2018. Sbisa has appeared internationally for Switzerland on several occasions, including the 2010 Olympic Games and 2011 and 2012 World Championships. He also played for Team Europe under Jets head coach Paul Maurice at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Sbisa was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round, 19th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.

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