Icemen Lose Back and Forth Thriller

Icemen Lose Back and Forth Thriller

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The Evansville IceMen finished off 2015 with their first winning month since October 2014. However, New Years Eve belonged to the Quad City Mallards, who defeated the IceMen, 6-4, Thursday in front of 7,688 fans at the Ford Center.  The IceMen finished December with a 6-5-2 record.  Quad City notched the game's first goal, when Anthony Collins finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play at 7:16 on a deflection over IceMen goalie Matt Zenzola. The Mallards received three power plays in the first period and converted on the third one. Matt Carey picked up a loose puck from a blocked shot and buried the rebound into a wide open net to give Quad City a 2-0 lead.  The IceMen outshot the Mallards 14-12 in the first period, but trailed by a pair of goals. Evansville was penalized eight times for 27 minutes in the frame.  A flurry of three goals in the first eight minutes of the second period sprung the IceMen into the lead.  Alex Wideman ripped a wrist shot past the glove of Quad City goalie Steve Michalek 2:17 into the period.  Alex Guptill then feathered a backhander off of Michalek and into the net to tie the game. 1:22 after the goal, Guptill set up Vincent Dunn for a one-timer from the right circle to put the IceMen in front 3-2.  Later in the stanza, the Mallards tied the score when Ryan Tesink deflected an Austin Coldwell point shot past Zenzola at 10:45.  It was Coldwell's third assist of the night. Quad City jumped back in front at 14:17 of the period, when Vladimir Nikiforov snuck behind the Evansville defense and snapped a shot into the net from the right circle.  The Mallards opened their lead to two goals when Brady Brassart scored his first ECHL goal on a centering pass to the edge of the crease at 11:20.  An empty net goal by Carey put the game out of reach with just over two minutes left.  Mike Duco provided a garbage-time goal for the IceMen, but it was too little, too late.  The Mallards snapped out of a four-game skid, and prevented Evansville from its first three-game winning streak. Michalek made 32 saves in the win, while Zenzola stopped 23 shots in the loss.  The IceMen next host Missouri Saturday, January 2 at 7:15pm to begin 2016. Evansville then welcomes Wichita Sunday, January 3 at 5:15pm to wrap up four games in five days.

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