Game 2 Preview: IceCaps at Crunch Posted by IceCaps on
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The St. John’s IceCaps look to take a two-game lead on their best-of-five series when they take on the Syracuse Crunch for Game 2 Saturday night at the War Memorial.
Despite being outshot 37-29, the IceCaps were kept in the game by rookie net minder Eddie Pasquale, who was brilliant in making 35 saves for his first career playoff win. Jason King beat Crunch goalie Iiro Tarkki with just 1:22 left in regulation time for the game-winning goal as the IceCaps skated away with a 3-2 victory.
Defencemen Derek Meech was arguably the team’s best skater Friday night. Meech scored the opening goal of the game in the middle frame and added an assist in the third, and his steady play all night long helped settle a team that looked somewhat apprehensive for much of the game’s first half.
“Overall I thought Syracuse looked like a team that’s been playing for the last month with intensity – playoff-like hockey,” said head coach Keith McCambridge following the game. “Our game has not had as much intensity to it. It took us to the third period to get us into that mindset you need to win playoff hockey.”
If the IceCaps are to surge ahead 2-0 in the series, they will need a better effort on special teams. St. John’s went 0-for-5 with the man advantage Friday and struggled to generate many quality scoring chances. On the flip side, the penalty killing unit allowed a goal in three opportunities – the ever-dangerous Kyle Palmieri potted his first career playoff goal – and will need to stay out of the box to neutralize the Crunch’s potent offensive attack.
Catch all the action with IceCaps play-by-play broadcaster Brian Rogers live at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador. Pregame show begins at 8:30 p.m. with the drop of the puck set for 9:00 p.m. (all times Newfoundland).