The Salt Lake Golden Eagles had several problems Friday night, and one of the was Eagles - Indianapolis' Mike Eagles, that is.
Eagles assisted on two goals as the Ice beat Salt Lake 6-4 in International Hockey League play.Indianapolis' Eagles assisted on the first goal just 1:31 into the game, a shot by Cam Russell from the point following a faceoff.
Salt Lake came back to tie it on an unassisted goal by defenseman Brian Glynn at 14:40 of the first period on a slapshot from inside the blue line. But when the Ice's Brian Noonan scored his first goal of the season to put Indianapolis ahead, the Golden Eagles were never able to draw even again.
In the second period, Indianapolis' Mario Doyon scored on a short from the right point to make it 3-1, and Noonan scored his second goal of the night to put the home team up 4-1. Salt Lake rookie Tim Sweeney cut the lead to two with his third goal of the year at 5:31, but Doyon scored his second goal, this one coming on a power play, to make it 5-2.
The Golden Eagles used two power-play goals of their own to mount a comeback, with right wing Rich Chernomaz scoring his IHL-leading 11th goal of the season with just 10 second left to play in the second period. Then, 9:22 into the final stanza, Salt Lake's Marc Bureau took a pass from Randy Bucyk and scored on the power play to draw the Golden Eagles within a single goal.
But Salt Lake couldn't get the equalizer, and when goalie Wayne Cowley was pulled for an extra attacker, Iceman Jim Johannson - a former Golden Eagle - victimized his former teammates at 19:42 to make the final 6-4.
The Golden Eagles killed off five of six Ice power plays, but were outshot almost two-to-one by the Ice - 48-25.
The win ups Indianapolis' record to 2-2-2, while Salt Lake falls to 3-2-3. The Golden Eagles close out their road trip tonight at Kalamazoo, then return to the Salt Palace for three home games next week.