The Indiana Ice split a two-game Iowa road trip, falling 4-2 to the Waterloo Black Hawks in a penalty-filled game Saturday night.
of the six goals were scored on the power play, and both teams spent
considerable time on it -- as both were 2-for-8 with the man advantage,
and the game featured 135 penalty minutes -- 64 by the Ice, 71 by
Much of the action came in the opening 20
minutes, as the host Black Hawks scored four goals in the span of 6:38
to take a 4-1 lead going into the first period break and chased Ice
netminder Jon Gillies early.
The Ice had two early
power plays, but were unable to convert. On the Hawks' second PP, Tony
Camaranesi scored to make it 1-0 with 9:30 left in the opening period.
The next Ice penalty resulted in another goal by Taylor Cammarata with
4:07 left in the first, as the Black Hawks' top two scorers netted goals
that made it a 2-0 game. Fifty-one seconds later, Waterloo's Jamie Hill
scored to make it 3-0 and call it a night for Gillies, who allowed
three goals on nine shots in 16:44 of action.
Izyk came on and quickly got a boost when the Ice scored with 2:21 left
in the first -- and 55 seconds after Hill's goal. Just five seconds into
a holding penalty to Waterloo's Aaron Pearce, Alexander Kuqali buried a
point shot on assists from Jacob Fallon and Daniil Tarasov to get the
Ice on the board. It was Kuqali's second goal of the year and the third
of his USHL career. But, just 29 seconds later, Waterloo's Joe Rehkamp
restored the three-goal edge with his third goal in the last two
meetings against the Ice, completing a flurry that saw the two teams
combine for four goals in 2:15.
Kuqali's goal capped a pretty good week for the Ice defenseman, who also committed to RIT earlier in the week.
But that was just the start.
exactly a minute to go in the period, the two teams got into a melee
that saw the Ice's R.J. Boyd get into a melee that saw four players
ejected and five given fighting majors -- as , which escalated as the
Blackhawks' Mitch Witek, Peter Hand and James Hansen got involved, as
did the Ice's Woody Hudson. Of the five players, Witek was the only one
who got out with only a 5-minute major -- the other four were all given
game misconducts. Boyd was given an instigator, a major and a game. Hand
was given a major and a game misconduct. Hansen was given a game
misconduct for leaving the bench, while Hudson got two fighting majors, a
third major for leaving the bench and a double-game misconduct -- one
for leaving the bench, one for fighting -- 37 PIMs in all for the Ice
So, both teams were playing with shortened
benches with only 16 skaters available for the second period -- a bench
that got shorter for Waterloo when Hill and Scott MacDonald were both
given 10-minute misconducts for abuse of officials.
Ice spent much of the second period with the man advantage, earning
four power plays. On the third, Cody Bradley was able to score on a feed
from Sean Kuraly -- but they could not take further advantage, as
Waterloo goaltender Jay Williams shut the door, making 28 total saves on
the night on 30 Ice shots -- 10 in each period.
Gillies made six saves and took the loss, allowing three goals. Izyk stopped 17 shots in his 43:16 of action.
Ice are now 8-4-2 and in a tie with Cedar Rapids for fourth place in
the Eastern Conference. They play three games this coming week --
heading to first-place Green Bay for a Thanksgiving Eve showdown, and
then returning to the Pepsi Coliseum for the first of seven straight at
home to face Sioux City (Friday) and Fargo (Saturday).
game also saw an Ice streak snapped, as forward Robbie Baillargeon was
held scoreless for the first time in six games. Tarasov had eight shots
and did get on the scoreboard with an assist. He is the league's
second-leading scorer with 21 points on the year. It was his second
straight game with a point.
1. Jay Williams (WAT), 28 saves, 2GA, win
2. Joe Rehkamp (WAT), goal, assist, +2, 3 shots
3. A.J. Michaelson (WAT), 2 assists, +2