The Ice hit the halfway point of the USHL season this weekend, making a brief roadtrip to Waterloo tonight before returning home to face Youngstown on Saturday night for the third time in just over a week.
The Ice have been on a roll, going 6-0-2 in their last eight, and they now possess the second-best record in the entire USHL. Waterloo -- which switched conferences with Dubuque this year -- is one of the contenders in the Western Conference.
The Ice have made a couple of personnel moves. Justin Bailey, called up for the two games against Youngstown from the affiliate list, has returned to his team in Long Island. Goaltender Cam Lerner is listed by Pointstreak as being on the roster. He will wear No. 30. No changes were made to the Ice protected list as of Jan. 2.
Waterloo has also gone through a bit of a roster change. Joe Rehkamp, who scored two goals against the Ice on Oct. 29, is no longer with the team.
Indiana Ice (17-7-4, 2nd USHL East)
Waterloo Black Hawks (13-8-4, 3rd USHL West)
8:05 p.m., Young Arena, Waterloo, Iowa
Season series:Waterloo leads 2-1
Nov. 19 (at Waterloo): Black Hawks 4-2: Tony Camaranesi, Taylor Cammarata G each, A.J. Michaelson 2A, Jay Williams 28sv (WAT); Alexander Kuqali G/A, Jon Gillies 6 sv on 9 shots, Dalton Izyk 17 sv on 16 shots (Ice).
Oct. 29 (at Pepsi Coliseum): Black Hawks 4-3: Joe Rehkamp 2G, GWG with :05 left, Jay Williams 21sv (WAT); Jacob Fallon G/A, Daniil Tarasov 2A (Ice).
Oct. 28 (at Pepsi Coliseum): Ice 2-0: Jacob Fallon, Christian Hilbrich 1G each, Jon Gillies 30 sv, SHO (Ice). .
Tale of the Tape
Ice (17-7-4, 2nd USHL East)Head coach: Kyle Wallack
GF: 101 (2nd). GA: 76 (5th)
PP: 30.1% (1st). PK: 86.3 % (2nd) PIM: 511 (14th)
OT record: 3-2 SO record: 1-2
Road record: 8-2-3
Leading scorers: Daniil Tarasov (17-20-37), Sean Kuraly (18-13-31), Jacob Fallon (9-19-28), Robbie Baillargeon (11-16-27).
Leading +/-: Daniil Tarasov (+15), Alex Barron (+14), Ryan Obuchowski (+13
Leading PIM: Woody Hudson (69), Daniil Tarasov (55), R.J. Boyd (53)
Leading goaltender: Jon Gillies (16-5-4, 2.32 GAA, .926sv%, 2 SHO), Dalton Izyk (1-2-0, 3.77 GAA, .878 sv%)
Last 5: 4-0-1. Last 10: 6-2-2
12/31: vs. Youngstown (W 3-0)
12/30: vs. Youngstown (W 5-2)
12/28: at Muskegon (OTW 3-2)
12/18: at Muskegon (OTL 2-3)
12/17: at Chicago (W 6-2)
Black Hawks (13-8-4, 3rd USHL West)
Head coach: P.K. O'Handley
GF: 79 (11th). GA: 75 (4th)
PP: 13.5% (14th). PK: 81.3% (12th) PIM: 469 (10th)
OT record: 0-1. SO record: 0-3
Home record: 7-3-2
Leading scorers: Taylor Cammarata (12-16-28), Tony Camaranesi (11-11-22), Jamie Hill (5-11-16)
Leading +/-: Eddie Witchow (+13), Trevor Owens (+7)
Leading PIM: Peter Hand (67), Scott MacDonald (45)
Leading goaltender: Jay Williams (10-4-4, 2.58 GAA, .907sv%, 1 SHO), Eamon McAdam (2-4-0, 3.25 GAA, .898sv%)
Last 5: 3-1-1 Last 10: 4-3-3
Ice next 5 games
1/7: vs. Youngstown
1/13: vs. Team USA U18
1/20: at Chicago
1/21: at Dubuque
1/27: vs. Chicago (at Bankers Life Fieldhouse)