The Greenville Road Warriors scored two early goals to set the tone for Evansville's 2nd annual Education Day game. The loss halted Evansville's two-game winning streak.
Road Warriors Defenseman Mike Marcou tallied the opening goal on the power play 2:58 into the game. The following Warriors goal came :19 seconds later when the puck found its way off the leg of Forward Sean Berkstresser. The goal by Berkstresser was his fifth goal of the season.
Nearing the conclusion of a scrappy first period, the IceMen got on the board when Center Nathan Moon scored his third Evansville goal of the season. Moon's goal came in the slot at the 18:41 mark of the opening frame. Assists on the goal were Defenseman Austin Madaisky and Defenseman Matt Gens.
The second period began with each team skating up and down the ice without incident until Greenville Forward Kenndal McArdle found the back of the net at the 8:16 mark of the period, giving the Road Warriors a comfortable 3-1 lead. McArdle's tally stood to be the game winning goal.
It was not until the 9:01 mark of the period that there was a penalty called in the middle frame. The guilty player was Greenville Forward Brendan Connolly for tripping. The IceMen power play, however, was unable to capitalize on the opportunity to make it a one goal game.
Late in the third period, the IceMen pulled Goalie Rob Madore for the extra attacker, but the game was iced 18:48 into the final frame when Greenville Forward Brandon Wong found the empty net. Wong's goal was his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
Madore, credited as the game's third star, saved 36 of 39 shots and finished with a .923 save percentage.
The winning goalie was Greenville's Scott Stajcer, saving 15 of 16 shots and accumulating a .938 save percentage. Stajcer was pulled at the end of the second period due to an injury. His replacement, Nathan Lieuwen, held face as he saved 8 of 9 shots faced.
Evansville's power play has seen success in recent outings, but went just 1-for-7 against Greenville on Tuesday.
The IceMen penalty kill remained stingy, however, giving up one goal on six Road Warriors man-advantaged opportunities.
The IceMen will look to get two points back from the Road Warriors tomorrow night at the Ford Center. The game will start at 7:15.
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