The Indiana Ice has a lot to look forward to this season including some changes and hopefully some continuation of recent success. First the USHL has expanded the season a little and the Ice will be playing 32 games at home this year, compared to 30 in previous years, and 64 overall. Extra games should cause some additional buzz since the NHL isn’t playing. It is only logical to think that hockey fans will find other outlets like USHL games.
Secondly, the team is coming off a strong season where they placed second in their division and lost in the semi-finals of the playoffs. They are poised to make another strong run and this past weekend proved it. Despite starting 1-1 the Ice have some good shooters who aren’t afraid to fire away at the goal. In both games this past weekend the Ice out shoot their opponents and their lost came in a close game against Chicago, 3 to 2.
Lastly, and most notably, the Ice will be playing at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. From a venue standpoint this is quit an upgrade from the old Pepsi Coliseum – where the Ice have played since coming to Indianapolis in 2004. The Ice moved from Danville, Illinois after their inaugural season in 2003 establishing the Coliseum as their primary home – only playing large “Pack the House” nights at the then Conseco Fieldhouse. Banker’s Life Fieldhouse will offer more (and better) seating, when desired and an overall newer stadium experience. Upgrades have been continual at Banker’s Life with the most recent addition of the 50 foot wide screen and updated scoreboard as mentioned in Benton’s Briefing. Unfortunately the Pepsi Coliseum does have some good old memories and the smell of hockey will be forever integrated into that building. I will sincerely miss watching games at the Coliseum but I look forward to watching the Ice take the ice this season at the Fieldhouse.