The IceMen picked up their first victory of the season over the defending ECHL Kelly Cup Champions behind the goaltending efforts of Garrett Bartus, who allowed just one goal on 31 shots faced Sunday. He was voted the first star of the game.
Evansville was able to strike for three conversions in the shootout, with tallies from forwards Matt Schepke, Tristan King and Matt Lowry. Forward Josh Brittain was Reading’s lone converter in the shootout.
Lowry also accomplished his 10th goal of the season, representing the initial goal of the game all the way at the 9:19 mark of the third period. Lowry’s performance earned him second star of the game honors.
Reading was able to equalize and force overtime with 3:09 left in regulation. Defenseman Mike Banwell recorded his second goal of the season to get the home team on the board.
Though there was little scoring to speak of, there were a combined 68 shots on goal Sunday, with 37 of those coming from Evansville.
Bartus improves his record to 6-5-4 on the season after saving 30-of-31 shots faced, massing a .968 save percentage.
Reading goaltender Riley Gill was voted the third star of the game after saving 36 of those 37 shots faced, equalling a .973 save percentage. He alters to 12-10-1 on the campaign.
Evansville found the penalty box five more times Sunday, but its penalty killing unit was up to the task yet again, forcing the Royals to an 0-for-5 fate on the power play. In two games in Reading this weekend, the IceMen have allowed just one power play conversion on 12 attempts.
The IceMen went 0-for-2 on their man advantaged opportunities.
Evansville collects two points and improve to 23-16-8 for 54 points on the season. The IceMen are currently on the outside looking in in the Eastern Conference, as they sit one point out of the eighth spot in the playoff picture. Evansville has played the fewest games in the conference, however.
Reading grabs a point and moves to 28-17-2 for 57 points on the season. They sit in first place in the Atlantic Division, fourth overall in the Eastern Conference.
With Evansville press release