Posted Monday, Dec. 14 4:54pm
Games 19 and 20
SPRINGFIELD – Well, at least no one got hurt. That was the good news about the Ice Eagles’ trip to Springfield to face the first place Springfield Kings Sunday afternoon at the Nelson Center. But on the negative side, the Eagles saw their losing streak extended to five games, as they dropped a pair of games by scores of 4-0 and 1-0. The Eagles’ offense has been almost non-existent of late, as they have only scored a total of three goals over that five-game period.
In the first game, which counted in the CIHL standings, the Eagles quickly fell behind 3-0 in the first period. The second Kings goal was questionable, to say the least. Goalie Brandon Kruse appeared to have the puck smothered in his pads, but he was pushed over the goal line by a Springfield player. After a short delay, the referee ruled it a goal. In fact, the referee ruled in favor of Springfield on two questionable goals, and disallowed an apparent score by Josh Moon. About the only call he got right was the 5-minute major and game misconduct given to a Springfield player for a flagrant cross check from behind on Austin Busch.
Springfield added a fourth goal early in the final period to end the scoring. The game was shortened by several minutes due to time running out, and with the increasingly chippy play by Springfield, it was probably a good thing. The game marked the first action for new players Drew Carlson and Tom Adducci, who have been added to the squad to replace Will Hegwein and Brian Moriarty, both out for the season with injuries.
In the second game, although Springfield dominated territorially, the Ice Eagles played a much stronger defensive game, but they were still having great difficulty getting quality shots on goal. Springfield scored what would prove to be the only goal of the game midway through the second period, and made it hold up as the Eagles were limited to a game total of just seven shots on goal.
The losses dropped the Eagles’ record to 10-10 overall, and 2-3 in the CIHL standings, but six of the losses (and all three of the league losses) have come against Springfield and Pekin, both acknowledged as the top teams in the league. The Eagles will have a chance to get back on the winning track next weekend, with three games against Peoria and another shot at the tough Pekin Flyers. On Saturday, the Eagles play at Peoria and Pekin, while they play host to Peoria for two games at the QCSC next Sunday.
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