Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Icemen Drop Two of Three; Players of Week to Be Announced

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The Jacksonville Icemen came away from three ECHL contests over the weekend with one win.

Goaltenders Logan Thompson and Parker Milner combined for a 38-save victory to lead the South Carolina Stingrays 2-1 over the Jacksonville at the North Charleston Coliseum Sunday afternoon.

The two teams combined for 118 penalty minutes in the contest.

Just before the four-minute mark of the first period by longtime Stingray Andrew Cherniwchan who outpaced the defense in a race for the puck rolling into the Icemen end.

Cherniwchan scooped up the puck at the low circle and cut to the top of the crease before lobbing a backhand shot over the shoulder of Icemen goaltender Michael McNiven to give the Stingrays a 1-0 lead.

Jacksonville outshot South Carolina 12-10 in the second period, including a penalty shot opportunity by Pierre-Luc Mercier, but goaltender Logan Thompson turned all those opportunities aside to keep the score at 1-0 at the second break.

Three minutes into the third, Cole Ully snapped a shot from the slot that ripped into the Icemen net to extend the Stingrays leads to 2-0.

The remainder of the third was plagued with penalties and misconducts, including both McNiven and Thompson being tossed from the game following a third period fight between the two netminders.

Adam Carlson (JAX) and Parker Milner (SC) entered the game in goal for the respective teams in a relief effort.

Jacksonville got on the board with nearly a minute remaining when Alexis D’Aoust fired a shot high into the net past Milner from the left wing circle to pull his team within one.

On Saturday Orlando goaltender Clint Windsor stopped all 27 shots faced to preserve a 1-0 victory for the Solar Bears over the Jacksonville at Veterans Memorial Arena.  

Following a scoreless first, the Solar Bears scored at 1:01 into the second period.   Cody Donaghey delivered a shot that was initially stopped by Carlson.  However, the rebound bounced directly to newcomer Johno May who buried the puck into the net for the tally to put the score at 1-0. 

On Friday Garret Ross scored twice and added an assist to propel the Jacksonville Icemen to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Gladiators at the Infinite Energy Arena Friday night.

It took just 39-seconds for the Icemen to seize early control of the hockey game, as Chase Lang delivered a pass across the crease to Michael Hedden. Hedden tapped the puck behind goaltender Kyle Keyser for the early strike.

The Icemen made it 2-0 on just their second shot of the game when Everett Clark gathered the puck in the neutral zone and fed a breakaway pass to D’Aoust. D’Aoust skated down the slot and snapped a shot over Keyser’s pad for the goal.

Jacksonville continued their assault just four minutes later when Ross tipped and redirected a Jacob Cederholm shot from the point into the net for the marker to put the Icemen in front 3-0 at the first intermission.

Atlanta outshot the Icemen 18-6 in the second period and got on the board at the 17:30 mark. Avery Peterson skated uncontested through the left wing circle and snapped a shot past Icemen netminder Michael McNiven for the goal.

Moments later, Nick Bligh pulled the Gladiators within one as he finished off a backhanded shot that beat McNiven to put the score at 3-2 at the second break.

Halfway through the third, Atlanta’s Scott Conway delivered a shot from the left circle that appeared to hit off the stick of an Icemen defender covering him. The puck had eyes for the top corner of the net, and sneaked in for the tying goal to deadlock the game at 3-3.

Three minutes later, the Icemen reclaimed the lead on the power play. Ross found himself with the puck at the low circle and skate to the top of the crease. Ross angled backhanded shot that hit off the pads of Keyser and then trickled across the goal line for the go-ahead goal.

Upcoming Home Games

Friday, December 20, vs. Atlanta, 7 p.m. – Wendy’s Fry-Day 4-Pack. Receive 4-tickets, 4-mini-sticks and 4-Dave’s single combos! These packages may be purchased at www.jaxicemen.com

Saturday, December 21, vs. S. Carolina, 7 p.m. – Annual Teddy Bear Toss Game & Star Wars Night! Bring a new or gently used teddy bear or stuffed animal to the game and throw it out onto the ice when the Icemen score their first goal. The Icemen will distribute the stuffed toys to local children’s charities for the holidays.

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