Indiana “ices” the USHL East

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – A five-game win streak by the Indiana Ice ended Sunday afternoon with a 6-5 overtime loss to Team USA at the Ann Arbor, Mich. Ice Cube.

However, the win streak and the extra standings point from the overtime loss have propelled the Ice to a nine-point lead at the top of the USHL Eastern Division standings as the weekend ended.

Dwyer Tschantz and Brian Pinho have keyed the Indiana offensive attack over the last five games, each scoring four goals.Indiana Ice logo

Tschantz, a Wilmington, Del. native heading to Cornell University, scored twice in Sunday’s loss to Team USA, including once on the power play.

Pinho, a native of North Andover, Mass. heading to Providence College, did not play Sunday, but has scored a total of three goals his past two appearances, both wins over Tri-City.

Denis Smirnov and Patrick Newell have also contributed, collecting five points each in the team’s past five contests.

Newell, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., has scored two goals and have assisted on three others in the past five Indiana games. Both of Newell’s goals have been game winners.

A native of Dunmore, Penn., Smirnov’s points have all been assists.

Meanwhile, Hayden Stewart and Jason Pawloski have been a strong tandem between the pipes for Indiana.

Hailing from Rockford, Ill., Stewart has won all three of his starts in the last five Indiana appearances and has fashioned two shutouts among the three wins.

Pawloski, from Omaha, Neb., is 1-0-1 in the last five games and got his own shutout in his only victory.

Indiana’s recent success has put the Ice right in the mix for the regular season Anderson Cup championship.  The Ice’s 29-7-7 record has them within two points of overall frontrunner Waterloo and one behind second-place Omaha.

FORMER INDY PLAYER PART OF TEAM USA OLYMPIANS: While the current edition of the Ice are leading the USHL’s Eastern Conference, a former Indiana player is helping Team USA move into the quarterfinal round at the Sochi Olympics.

John Carlson, now a member of the Washington Capitals, played for the Ice for two games of the 2006-07 season and the entire 2007-08 season, when he scored 12 goals for 43 points and added a goal in four playoff games.

Carlson made an immediate impression from the moment he started tryouts as a junior player.

“Very first day we stepped on the ice (in 2007-08),” former Indiana coach Charlie Skjodt told the Indianapolis Star. “I could tell as soon as he grabbed the puck and went, it wasn’t even five minutes, but I could tell he was special. He hadn’t even made the team at that point, but within four of five shifts, we made the conscious decision we absolutely had to have him, and within a month he was running our power play. He was can’t miss, in my opinion.”

Carlson went on to be a first-round NHL draft pick by the Capitals. He played a year in the Ontario Hockey League and with Hershey of the American Hockey League, before making the move to Washington, where he’s been ever since.

He has played 293 NHL games, scoring 33 goals for 120 points in four-plus seasons with the Caps.

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