Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ice perfect in Fall Classic

The Indiana Ice finished the USHL Fall Classic with a 5-2 victory over Sioux Falls today, meaning they finish the four-day event with a perfect 3-0 record.

The Ice went 4-2 in the six preseason games over the last three weeks. In the Fall Classic, they outscored teams 13-7 over three days.

Today, the Ice never trailed, as Daniil Tarasov and Sean Kuraly both had huge days. Both had a goal and three assists in the victory.

Dalton Izyk made 26 saves in the victory, going the distance in goal. 

The Ice also killed off a five-minute major in the third period while nursing a 2-0 lead.

It became 2-0 on the strength of two second-period goals. Woody Hudson opened the scoring on assists from Tarasov and Kuraly at 7:01 of the period. Four minutes and a second later, Tarasov fed Robbie Baillargeon to make it 2-0.

Sioux Falls cut the lead to one twice in the third, but each time, the Ice answered. Kuraly scored on assists from Barron and Tarasov just 61 seconds after the Stampede's first goal to make it 3-1 with 12:42 left. Sioux Falls scored less than a minute and a half later, but Tarasov and Robert Polosello scored goals in the final minutes -- both assisted by Kuraly.

Kuraly was a +5, Tarasov and Barron were both +4. Baillargeon was +3, as was defenseman Matthew Krug.

The Ice were 0-for-4 with the man advantage, but a perfect 7-for-7 on the PK.

The season opens Saturday in Cedar Rapids.

Preseason leaders for the Ice (only 4 games -- the first preseason game at Chicago was not entered into Pointstreak):
Scoring: Sean Kuraly 3-3-6, Robert Polosello 3-2-5, Daniil Tarasov 2-3-5, Obuchowski/Baillargeon/Fallon 3 points each.
+/-: Tarasov +7, Kuraly/Barron/Obuchowski +6, Polosello/Krug +4.
GAA: Gillies 2.31, Izyk 2.52\

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