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ECHL Recap: Jacksonville Icemen Topple Maine in Final Minute of OT 4-3 to Avoid Sweep

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JACKSONVILLE – The visiting Maine Mariners were trying to make it three straight ECHL wins over the Jacksonville Icemen Friday night before 6,776 at Veterans Memorial Arena.

But Ben Hawerchuk scored with 40 seconds to play in overtime to deny the Mariners a sweep and give Jacksonville a 4-3 win.

Trailing 3-2 the Icemen found themselves on the powerplay after a delay of game penalty with 8:38 to play. Joey Sides beat goaltender Jeremy Brodeur to send the game into overtime with his second goal of the season.

The Icemen got off to a fast start and 1-0 lead on former Mariner defenseman Jeff Taylor’s third goal of the season.

But two quick goals by the Mathew Santos and Cameron Askew put the Mariners up 2-1.

The teams swapped power play goals in the second period.

Pascal Laberge made it 3-1 Mariners. Less than a minute later Jacksonville pulled within one with a goal by James Sanchez. Sanchez now has three goals this season and came into the game tied for third among rookies with six assists.

Mariners lead the league on the power play at 40.0 percent (11-for-26).

It appeared that Brendan Robbins would put the game away midway through the third when he ripped a shot from beyond the circles past Wall, but upon review, Askew was deemed to have interfered with Tyler Wall and the goal was disallowed.

Wall made 23 saves in goal for the Icemen. Brodeur stopped 33 shots for the Mariners.

Coming into the game the Icemen led the league with 24.36 shots-against per game. They had 26 shots at the end of the second period against Maine.

The Icemen are on the road Saturday night in Estero against the Florida EverBlades. Maine continues their Florida swing in Orlando Saturday night against the Solar Bears. Puck drops at 7 p.m.

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