Friday, April 1, 2011

Tonight's game: Ice at Sioux Falls

Indiana Ice (35-17-4, 3rd USHL East)
Sioux Falls Stampede (32-18-6, 2nd USHL West)
8:05 p.m. EDT Friday, April 1 / Sioux Falls Arena

Head to head (Ice 1, Stampede 0).
Oct. 9: Ice 5, Stampede 0 (at Pepsi Coliseum). Jarrod Rabey 2 goals, Peter Schneider 2 goals/assists, Casey DeSmith 33 saves, shutout.

Tale of the Tape
GF: 216 (1st) / GA: 148 (6th) 
PP: 21.1% (2nd) / PK: 85.9% (6th) / PIM: 847 (4th) 
Road record: 16-8-2 
Last 5: 4-1-0 Last 10: 7-2-1
Leading scorers: Blake Coleman (30-52-82), Daniil Tarasov (33-35-68), Brian Ferlin (24-40-64) 
Leading goaltender: Casey DeSmith (21-11-2, 2.50), Jon Gillies (14-6-2, 2.59) 
Leading +/-: Blake Coleman (+48) 
Leading PIM: Will Aide (133)
GF: 187 (3rd) / GA: 156 (t7th) 
PP: 16.5% (9th) / PK: 84.1% (9th) / PIM: 872 (5th) 
Home record: 18-7-1
Last 5: 4-1-0 Last 10: 6-3-1
Leading scorers: Christian Isakson 16-25-41, Ryan Jacobson 19-21-40, Connor Reilly 13-24-37.  Leading goaltender: Stephon Williams (20-6-6, 2.51), Juho Olkinuora (12-12-0, 2.88)
Leading +/-: Daniel Doremus (+19)
Leading PIM: Marcus Perrier (145)

The Ice saw their winning streak snapped by Des Moines on Saturday in the home finale, but they've played pretty well on the road all season. This features two of the three most prolific offenses in the USHL, even though the Ice have the league's most dangerous line of Daniil Tarasov-Blake Coleman-Brian Ferlin and the Stampede have more balance -- no 20-goal scorers, and nobody with more than 41 points. These two are among the league's hottest teams. Sioux Falls has won four of its last five, outscoring teams 20-5 in that stretch. In their seven-game winning streak, the Ice had outscored their foes 34-6. Ferlin has a seven-game point streak going. Tarasov has scored in four straight games for the Ice. The Ice will most likely finish third in the USHL's East Division. They've clinched at least third, but are six points back of second with four games to play.

The Ice conclude weekend play Saturday at Fargo (32-21-4)

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