STARTING STRONG: Indy took a 2-0 series lead overDubuque by posting a 5-2 win on Friday and a 6-3 victory Saturday night from Pepsi Coliseum. The line of Christian Hilbrich (G, 2A), John Doherty (G, A) and Jake Fallon (G) combined for six points in Friday’s contest, while Robbie Baillargeon and Robert Polesello also lit the lamp for the Ice. Jon Gillies was the winner in net with 26 saves. Daniil Tarasov put on an offensive show on Saturday with the first five-point night in Ice history on a hat trick and two assists, while Fallon distributed three assists in the winning effort. Baillargeon, Hilbrich and Sean Kuraly also potted goals and Gillies turned back 34 of 37 shots between the pipes.
SECOND ROUND PLAYOFF SCHEDULE ICE LEAD SERIES 2-0
Wednesday, Apr. 25 at Dubuque 8:05 pm
Friday, Apr. 27* at Dubuque 8:35 pm
Saturday, Apr. 28* DUBUQUE 7:05 pm
REWRITING THE BOOK: Daniil Tarasov continued his assault on theIndiana record books on Saturday as he registered the first five-point game and the fourth hat trick in Ice postseason history. The five-point explosion tops the previous points-high of four held by former Icemen John Kemp (4/21/07), Brandon Richardson (4/18/09) and Mike Cichy (5/6/09). With an assist on Friday and the five-point Saturday outburst, Tarasov extended his point streak to 15 games dating back to early March of the regular season and his overall numbers for the stretch include 17 goals and 15 assists.
Ice Playoff Hat Tricks: Todd McIlrath (3/28/06 vs. Cedar Rapids), Jay Sprague (4/1/06 at Cedar Rapids), Eric Miller (5/2/07 vs. Waterloo), Daniil Tarasov (4/21/12 vs. Dubuque)
DAILY GRIND: The grinder line of Christian Hilbrich (2G, 2A), Jake Fallon (G, 3A) and John Doherty (G, A) accounted for ten points and a (+8) plus/minus in the two weekend wins overDubuque. The line was formed during the team’s final regular season game againstDes Moines and has produced 15 points (5G, 10A) in their three games together.
TEAM SPRINGS: Ryan Obuchowski tied a regular-season high (+4) plus-minus rating on Friday while Tarasov and Joe Fiala matched the mark on Saturday… Jon Gillies tied a league high with 16 saves in the second period on Saturday and is 4-0-1 in his last five starts including the regular season…Sean Kuraly has a seven-game point streak dating back to the regular season (5G, 5A)…Jose Delgadillo and Robbie Baillargeon are both riding three-game point streaks…Three of Indy’s five hat tricks in the regular season and postseason have been against Dubuque…Indy leads the postseason in goals for per game (5.50)…The Ice leads the league in power play conversion (33%).
PLAYOFF LORE: Indy has made the playoffs all eight seasons since joining the USHL and is 26-22 in the playoffs overall, including a 9-4 romp to the 2009 Clark Cup Championship. The Ice is 11-7 under the direction of coach Skjodt in the playoffs which includes coaching stints in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012.
PLAYOFF HAPPENING: Eastern Conference: Green Bay (#1 seed) and Youngstown (#4 seed) are tied 1-1 after back-to-back contests this weekend….Western Conference…Both series in the West are tied at 1-1 after weekend contests between Lincoln (#1 seed) and Fargo (#4 seed) and Omaha (#2 seed) and Waterloo (#3 seed).