Sean Kuraly scored 29 seconds into overtime today to give the Ice a 2-1 victory over the Des Moines Buccaneers in the Ice's USHL Fall Classic opener.
The annual four-day preseason tournament showcases all 16 USHL teams. The Ice continue play at 11 a.m. Friday against Waterloo, and at 11 a.m. Saturday against Sioux Falls.
Today, Robbie Baillargeon assisted on Kuraly's overtime tally that gave the Ice a victory on the opening shift of the sudden-death extra session.
In the first period, Emil Romig got the ice on the board with a power play goal on Anthony Spencer's assist with 1:07 left in the stanza.. Des Moines answered halfway through the second on a goal by Cameron Yarwood -- which came 55 seconds after Dalton Izyk came into the game in relief of Jon Gillies. As it worked out, that would be the only goal given up. Izyk stopped 13 shots and got the victory. Gillies stopped all 16 he faced.
Kuraly skated with Baillargeon and Daniil Tarasov in the OT period.
The Ice outshot Des Moines 36-30, including 3-0 in OT.
The special teams got a lot of work. The PP was 1-for-7. The PK was 9-for-9.
After the Fall Classic, the Ice open the season Oct. 1 at Cedar Rapids. They will open the home portion of their schedule Oct. 15 against the U17 USNDTP squad. The Ice will also play two games against the U17s in Ann Arbor the previous weekend.