ICE EVEN SERIES IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME THRILLER, TIE SERIES AT ONE GAME APIECE
CLARK CUP CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
SERIES TIED 1-1
Friday, May 9: at Waterloo (L 2-4)
GAMES WILL BE AIRED ON FASTHOCKEY.COM, INDIANATALKS.COM and WOOT-FM
Saturday, May 10: at Waterloo (W 3-2, 2OT)
Friday, May 16: vs. Waterloo (at Pan Am Pavilion), 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, May 17: vs. Waterloo (at Pan Am Pavilion), 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, May 20: at Waterloo, 8:05 p.m.
EVEN SPLIT: The 2014 Clark Cup Championship series proved to be an exciting first weekend as the Ice and Black Hawks drew even at one game apiece following a pair of nailbiters last Friday and Saturday. Indy potted the first two goals in Friday’s game one contest, but a string of four unanswered tallies powered host Waterloo to a 4-2 win in the series opener. Scott Conway and Josh Jacobs were credited with the Indy goals, while Jason Pawloski stopped 31 of 34 shots on net. One overtime period wasn’t enough to decide a winner as the Ice topped the Black Hawks 3-2 in Saturday’s double-OT thriller. Joe Sullivan notched his second playoff goal with just under seven minutes into the fifth period of play to even the series at 1-1. Jacobs added his second tally in as many games while Mitch Hults’ third-period goal knotted the game at 2-2 early in the frame. Austin Kosack and Patrick Newell each had two-assist evenings, while Pawloski earned his sixth playoff win with a 32-save effort.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE: First-year forward Joe Sullivan has two postseason goals to his name so far, but both tallies have been crucial as they both have been game clinchers. The Las Vegas, NV-native’s first playoff tally was the decider in the Eastern Conference Championship clincher against the Dubuque Fighting Saints while his marker on Saturday evened the Clark Cup Finals series against Waterloo. Sullivan came into the postseason with 22 points (6G, 16A) in 58 games.
DYNAMIC DEFENSIVE DUO: Blue line linemates Josh Jacobs and Austin Kosack combined for four points (2G, 2A) in last weekend’s games at Waterloo. Jacobs extended his point streak to three games with a pair of rocket goals from the point while Kosack dished out a pair of assists in Saturday’s win.
SHOOTING RANGE: Indy’s potent offense peppered Waterloo netminder Cal Peterson with 96 shots in the two weekend games at Waterloo, including an Ice playoff record 62-shot barrage in Saturday’s 3-2 double overtime win. The 62-shot performance is the second-highest in league history (WAT-63 shots/2008) since the Ice joined the USHL in the 2004-2005 season and tied for third highest since the 2002-03 season.
PLAYER BITES: Jason Pawloski leads all postseason goaltenders with a 1.43 GAA and a .940 save percentage…Joe Sullivan is tied for first in the league in game-winning goals (2)…Scott Conway has five points (3G, 2A) in is past five games…Josh Jacobs is riding a three-game point streak with goals in back-to-back games…Austin Kosack has five assists in his past five games…Brian Pinho has four points (G, 3A) in his past five games.
TEAM MITES: Indy has outshot playoff opponents 97-59 in the first period…The Ice lead the postseason in goals against (1.89) and shots against (24.56) per game…Indy has outshot opponents in six of nine playoff contests and owns a 5-1 record in those six games…The Ice is the least penalized team in the postseason (8.44 PIMS per game).