JACKSONVILLE, FL – Chase Lang’s goal just 55-seconds into overtime lifted the Jacksonville Icemen to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Gladiators in front of an announced crowd of 7,008 at Veterans Memorial Arena Saturday evening. Sporting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles jerseys, the Icemen won their fifth consecutive game decided in overtime. With the win, the Icemen gained some ground on several teams ahead of them in the South Division playoff race.
Throughout the past couple of weeks, Icemen forward John Albert has been the key set up man for several Mike Hedden goals. However, Hedden returned the favor at 13:22 of the opening period when he fed a puck from behind the net to Albert at the low slot. Albert immediately connected with a shot that clipped past goaltender Sean Bonar for the game's first goal.
Atlanta’s Zach Malatesta knotted up the game at one on a great individual effort. Malatesta deked around an Icemen defender on his way to the Jacksonville net and made a second deke to the backhanded to slip a shot through the five-hole of Icemen netminder Adam Carlson.
The Icemen controlled the tempo in the second period, but Bonar continued to turn aside several quality scoring opportunities. The Icemen finally broke through with nearly a minute remaining in the period, when Adam Dauda tipped and redirected a Bobby Lynch shot from the circle to give Jacksonville a 2-1 edge at the second break.
The Gladiators netted the tying tally with eight minutes remaining in regulation on a tipped shot of their own. Malatesta delivered a shot from the point that was redirected into the net by Eric Neiley standing in the slot. Neiley’s 24th goal of the season eventually forced overtime.
In the extra session, Jacksonville’s Wacey Rabbit saucered a pass up the ice to create a 2-on-1 rush led by Chase Lang. Lang skated to the left wing circle and called his own number, wristing a shot over the glove of Bonar to seal the 3-2 overtime victory.
Jacksonville continues their homestand on Sunday afternoon in yet another key divisional contest against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. It’s a Publix Family Funday game and Pucks & Paws! The Icemen will wear the popular Publix “Pub Sub” jerseys. In addition, fans can bring their dog to the game for Pucks & Paws presented by Forever Vets Animal Hospital. To purchase Icemen tickets ONLINE CLICK HERE
Broadcast Information: Fans can catch all game broadcasts at www.mixlr.com/jaxicemen or watch the game online at ECHL.TV
Upcoming Home Game & Promotions
Friday, March 13, vs. Florida, 7:00 p.m. – It’s a Wendy’s Fry-Day Game. Fans can receive 4-tickets, 4-Icemen Mini Sticks an 4- Dave’s Single Combos! Details available at www.jaxicemen.com or by calling 904-602-7825.
Saturday, March 14, vs. South Carolina, 7:00 p.m. – Cancer Awareness Night! Join us in fight against cancer by wearing your pink to the game. The Icemen will wear special pink jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit local cancer charities.
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The 2019-20 Jacksonville Icemen Season is Presented by Community First Credit Union