Hockey News and Upcoming Events
Happy Thursday Hockey Fans! Time to check out whats going on in the ECHL as we get ready to get into the weekend. Tons of things going on so lets get to it.
The Atlanta Gladiators announced Several moves on Wednesday, first that they have acquired forward Avery Peterson from the Indy Fuel, in exchange for future considerations. Peterson, 23, has posted seven points (1g, 6a) in 15 games this season, his rookie year, with Idaho, Norfolk and Indy. The former Minnesota Wild 6th round draft pick won the NCAA’s national championship last season with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The Grand Rapids, MN native amassed 26 points (13g, 13a) in 55 games during two seasons at UMD. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound forward also notched 22 points (12g, 10a) in 53 games his first two years of college at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Prior to his collegiate career, Peterson won the prestigious ‘Mr. Hockey’ award, given to the best high school hockey player in the state of Minnesota, after scoring 65 points (35g, 30a) in 25 games for Grand Rapids High School his senior year.
In an unrelated transaction, forward Tyler Deresky has been released from his standard professional contract.
The Atlanta Gladiators also announced that forward Matt Lane has been reassigned to the team by the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. Lane, 24, returns to the Gladiators for the third time this season after another stint in the AHL with Milwaukee. The Rochester, NY native has appeared in 11 games with the Admirals during three different AHL stops this year. The third-year pro has amassed seven points (2g, 5a) in eight games with the Gladiators this season in two different tenures with the team.
In additional roster news, defenseman Brandon McMartin has been released from his SPC and will report back to Knoxville of the SPHL, while Ben Danford has been activated from injured reserve and forward Branden Troock has been placed on the IR.
The Jacksonville Icemen are proud to announce the return of Hockey Fights Cancer Weekend, presented by Liberty Landscape Supply on Friday, March 1 and Sunday, March 3 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
The weekend will kick-off on Friday night at 7:30pm as the Icemenface-off against the South Carolina Stingrays. When the Icemen take the ice, they will sport specialty Hockey Fights Cancer Jerseys, which will allow Icemen fans to pay tribute to those who have fought or are currently fighting cancer. For a $100 donation, fans can have their loved ones’ names printed into the Icemen jerseys. Those fans will also receive two tickets to watch the team wear the jerseys live, and a commemorative frame containing pictures of the evening’s festivities. Space for the jerseys are limited to the first 60 donations, and the order deadline is this Friday, January 18 – DONATE HERE.
The Jacksonville Icemen defeated the Norfolk Admirals in a contest that saw two determined teams going at it. Jacksonville’s Kris Newbury got the scoring started early in the first with his 13th of the season at 3:24. Norfolk would respond soon after, when Jalen Smereck put home his 4th of the season to tie the game up at 5:02. The Admirals had a chance to take the lead on the powerplay mid-way through the period. Norfolk, however, had a hard time keeping the puck in the offensive zone, as the Icemen cleared it quickly soon after the Admirals crossed the blue line on each attacking attempt. The 3rd period saw excellent goaltending. Norfolk’s Merrick Madsen made an incredible pad save to keep the Icemen from taking the lead at 5:51. Soon after, Cameron Critchlow would give Jacksonville the lead during a scrum in front of the net. The tally was his 5th goal of the season. The Icemen looked much more determined after Critchlow’s go ahead goal, as their shots increased noticeably. The surge in energy paid dividends when Tyson Fawcette sunk a quick shot into the back of the net while being dragged to the ice by two Norfolk defenders at 16:53. The Icemen seemingly had the victory in sight until Klima sent one into the back of the net at 18:17 to bring the Admirals within one at 3-2. Jacksonville would hold off the last Norfolk push to reign victorious.
The Icemen will be back in action January 18th against the Norfolk Admirals. Game time is set for 7:00 pm EST. The game can be viewed on ECHL TV.
Jacksonville finished off their two-game series with their second win tonight by a score of 3-1. The Icemen found the net early when Chris Newbury found Jake Randolph in the high slot for a one timer straight to the back of the net at 3:53. The tally was Randolph’s fourth of the season. Not long after, Cody Fowlie scored on beautiful passing from Cederholm and Lalancette, his seventh of the season. The Stingrays had come out flat in the first; but changed things up at 4:14 when Pohlkamp deflected a shot from the point that found the back of the net. The close game continued, with both sides exchanging chances into the end of the second. The third period saw South Carolina and Jacksonville each getting solid chances. The tough play between the pipes from South Carolina netminder Angus Redmond, that included two sprawling saves, kept the Stingrays within reach. This was not enough, however, when Cam Maclise sealed the game with an empty netter with 34 seconds left in the third.