JACKSONVILLE, FL – Chase Lang scored the eventual game winner as the Jacksonville Icemen earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Brampton Beast in front of announced crowd of 8,276 at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena Saturday Night. With the win, the Icemen snap Brampton’s five-game unbeaten streak.
Brampton scored first just four minutes into the first period when David Vallorani finished off a 2-on-1 rush to put the Beast ahead 1-0.
Jacksonville evened things up with eight minutes remaining in the opening frame. Brendan Warren fed a pass to Alexis D’Aoust just above the right side of the crease. D’Aoust angled a shot high into the net behind Brampton goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick for the goal.
The Icemen grabbed a 2-1 lead on a strike from Bobby Lynch just 1:13 into the second period. However, the lead lasted for three minutes when Eric Bradford was left wide open in front of the net and batted a centering feed past Jacksonville goaltender Adam Carlson.
The Icemen re-claimed the lead just 32 seconds later when Pierre-Luc Mercier put back a rebound from a Crag Martin shot for the go-ahead marker. The goal was the sixth for Mercier in the last three games.
Minutes later, Chase Lang netted his ninth of the season to give the Icemen a 4-2 edge after two periods.
Brampton got a much needed tally early in the third on the power play as Jackson Leef picked up a loose rebound following a Carlson save, and shoved the puck into the net to pull Brampton within one.
Later in the period, the Icemen’s penalty kill unit stepped up and killed off a four-minute double-minor power play for Brampton. The big special teams stand gave the Icemen some momentum, and Jacksonville managed to hold off the Brampton attack to preserve a 4-3 victory.
During the first intermission of the contest, the Icemen, the City of Jacksonville and the ECHL announced that the team and the city will be awarded the 2021 Warrior / ECHL All-Star Classic on January 18, 2021. For full story CLICK HERE
The Icemen are back in action on on Wednesday when they play host to the South Carolina Stingrays at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Fans can enjoy $2 select beer and wine all night. Purchase Tickets Here Fans can catch all Icemen game broadcast at www.mixlr.com/jaxicmen or at ECHL.TV
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