Saturday, October 8, 2011

Ice rally to beat U17s

The Indiana Ice trailed by two goals in the second period, but scored four straight times -- including three in the third -- to beat the Team USA U17 team on the road Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Ice are now 2-0-0 on the young USHL season, and play the U17s again Saturday night in Ann Arbor before the teams head to Indianapolis for the season opener Oct. 15 at the Pepsi Colusem.

Special teams played a huge role in the Ice's victory, as the guests scored three power play goals to mark the comeback. The Ice were 3-for-5 on the PP, 2-for-3 on the PK.

Cody Bradley had two of those PPGs -- cashing in an assist from Alex Barron with 3:08 left in the second to close a two-goal deficit to 3-2. Then, with USA's John Hayden in the box for elbowing, Bradley scored again 43 seconds into the man advantage, knotting the game with 12:16 left.

It stayed 3-3 until the closing minutes. Robert Polosello scored his second goal of the year on Ryan Obuchowski's feed with 3:17 left. Robbie Baillargeon added the clincher in the final two minutes to complete the rally.

Tyler Kelleher -- a player the Ice drafted this spring -- scored a goal and added an assist for Team USA. Sean Kuraly had a two-point night for the Ice, scoring the first goal in the second to knot the game at 1-1, and assisting on Baillargeon's tally late in the contest. Daniil Tarasov had two assists to pick up where he left off last year -- he now has four points in two games. Also, Alex Barron was a +2 to lead the Ice.

Jon Gillies registered the victory in net and is now 2-0-0 on the season.

Three stars were not named in the official box, so we'll pick them from the boxscore
#1: Cody Bradley (2 goals, 3 shots)
#2: Robert Polosello (GWG, 3 shots)
#3: Sean Kuraly (goal, assist)

Next up: at Team USA U17, 7 p.m. Saturday
vs. Team USA U17, 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Pepsi Coliseum.

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