After playing a tremendous first period and opening up two separate two-goal leads, the Indiana Ice saw Green Bay rally to steal a 5-4 overtime game Friday night at the Pepsi Coliseum.
Bay defenseman Markus Lauridsen sniped a shot from the high slot past
Ice netminder Jon Gillies at 3:48 of overtime to allow the Gamblers to
escape with the victory in a game it appeared the Ice might run away
The Ice led 3-1 after nine minutes and then
led 4-2 after two periods, but the Gamblers rallied in the third.
Nicholas Schilkey scored his second goal of the game by going top shelf
from the slot with 13:29 left. Then, with 6:15 to go, Kyle Novak fed
Sheldon Dries on a breakaway -- the only one of the night for either
team -- to tie the game. Green Bay came in waves, outshooting the Ice
11-6 in the third period.
Things started out well for
the Ice. Schilkey scored just 2:13 in, but the Ice answered in a big
way, with the big line of Jacob Fallon-Daniil Tarasov-Robert Polosello
cashing in twice. Fallon banked a shot from the red line off to the left
side of the net off Green Bay netminder Adam Wilcox and into the net at
the 4:24 mark to tie it. It was Fallon's seventh goal of the year.
17 seconds later, the Ice took the lead when Emil Romig cashed in a
feed from linemate Woody Hudson. And 4:07 after that, Fallon fed a
perfect goalmouth feed across to Tarasov, who buried his eighth goal of
the season. After 8:46, the Ice led 3-1 and were flying. They had more
opportunities -- cranking 19 shots on goal in the first period -- but
Green Bay managed to weather them and chop the lead when Jordan Gross
scored on a shot from the point in the final 90 seconds of the period.
a breakneck first period, the game tightened up in the second, with the
Ice cashing in on their only power play of the night when Ryan
Obuchowski's blast from the point hit traffic in the slot and was
perfectly redirected by Polosello into the net for Polosello's fifth
tally of the season.
The game was one that was
befitting of a matchup between two of the league's top teams --
high-energy hockey, some tremendous individual play and moves, and a
bevvy of beautiful goals. Fallon continued to impress with his
high-energy play at the center position. His line generated 13 of the
Ice's 36 shots in the game, three goals and a boatload of scoring
Tarasov, who came into the night tied for the
USHL scoring lead, added a goal and an assist to run his season totals
to 8-11-19. Fallon also had a goal and an assist and now has seven of
each. Polosello had a goal and two assists, and now has a 5-4-9 line for
the season. Center Robbie Baillargeon -- playing the point on the power
play unit -- extended his scoring streak to three games with an
Gillies stopped 27 of 32 Green Bay shots in his
second OT loss of the season. His personal record is now 6-1-2. Wilcox
made 32 saves on 36 shots, and is now 5-2-0. Both teams were playing
without a handful of players representing their country in the World
Junior A Challenge. The Ice's Sean Kuraly and Green Bay's Jordan
Schmaltz, Andy Welinski, Alex Broadhurst, Sam Herr and goaltender Ryan
McKay were all representing the United States in Canada.
game jumbled the crowded top of the USHL's Eastern Conference
standings. With two points, Green Bay vaults Dubuque for first place
with a 9-3-0 record and 18 points -- one better than the defending Clark
Cup champion Fighting Saints. The Ice (7-2-2) move into a third-place
tie with Cedar Rapids, with both teams sporting 16 points.
1. Nicholas Schilkey (GB). 2 goals, +1
2. Markus Lauridsen (GB). game-winning goal, +4
3. Robert Polosello (Ice). 1 goal, 2 assists, 6 shots, +1
Ice next 6 games
Sa 11/12 vs. Muskegon, 7 p.m.
F 11/18 at Cedar Rapids, 8 p.m.
Sa 11/19 at Waterloo, 8 p.m.
W 11/23 at Green Bay, 8 p.m.
F 11/25 vs. Sioux City, 7 p.m.
Sa 11/26 vs. Fargo, 7 p.m.