Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

IceMen Are 'Where We Are Supposed to Be' ; Pyle Expected Some Struggles Due to a Roster That's in Flux

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

IceMen Are 'Where We Are Supposed to Be' ; Pyle Expected Some Struggles Due to a Roster That's in Flux

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Despite some recent stumbles, including a pair of three-game losing streaks in the ECHL, Evansville IceMen coach Jeff Pyle isn't concerned. "I kind of think we are where we are supposed to be right now," said Pyle, whose squad will say farewell to 2013 Tuesday night at the Ford Center against a team he coached for eight seasons, the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Pyle said the IceMen's 7-6-2 record over the past 15 games is to be expected because of the loss of 10 players to injuries or call- ups to the American Hockey League.

"We're just kind of going through different phases," said Pyle. "Now we're going through a phase where we are a little short- handed, a little bit thin.

"We struggled during the (latest) three-game losing streak, but it wasn't so much that teams were beating us. We were beating ourselves."

The IceMen (15-7-5) are still in second place in the ECHL North Division, three points behind the Cincinnati Cyclones (18-8-2).

Cincinnati has won three of the four games so far, but the IceMen extended the Cyclones to a 2-1 shootout decision on

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