Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ice sweep weekend

The Ice kept climbing, and moved to within five points of second-place Cedar Rapids with a 5-3 victory over Youngstown in front of 5,116 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

A quick first-period barrage gave the Ice a three-goal lead, as David Johnstone, Daniil Tarasov and Will Aide scored in a four-and-a-half minute span. Blake Coleman added a power-play goal at 10:04 of the second period to make it a 4-0 cushion, and would add an assist on Tarasov's third-period power-play goal -- the Moscow native's 31st of the year -- three behind the league leader John Gaudreau of Dubuque.

Coleman's goal was his 30th of the year, and his two-point night gave him a league-best 81 points on the season. Coleman is in the midst of a five-game scoring streak.

It was a penalty-filled game, the Ice took advantage of nine power plays, scoring on two. Youngstown was 0-for-5 with the man advantage, but did score a shorthanded goal.

Casey DeSmith made 37 saves for the Ice.

The Ice are now 33-16-4. They play three games this week, starting with a Wednesday home tilt against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The Ice will host Des Moines in back-to-back games at the Pepsi Coliseum on Friday and Saturday. All games will see a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.

Three stars:
1. Daniil Tarasov, Ice (2 goals, 7 shots)
2. Blake Coleman, Ice (goal, assist, 4 shots)
3. Ryan Obuchowski, Ice

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