Game 2 Preview: IceCaps vs. Penguins
The St. John’s IceCaps attempt to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal Wednesday night when they take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mile One Centre.
Tuesday night, the IceCaps were led by Brock Trotter’s two breakaway goals en route to a 3-1 victory in Game 1. Eddie Pasquale made 19 saves for his fourth win of the playoffs, good for a tie atop the AHL leaderboard. Pasquale’s 157 saves in five games are also the most by any netminder in the postseason, 30 saves ahead of Connecticut’s Cameron Talbot.
The line of Trotter, Patrice Cormier and Spencer Machacek has been the IceCaps most dangerous unit thus far, combining for five goals and 12 points in five games. Trotter, who played just two regular season games with St. John’s, has begun to find chemistry with his new linemates.
“I’m not the biggest guy on the ice, so I try to keep my feet moving,” said Trotter following the win. “Corms is a big centreman who makes good plays, especially around the net, and Mach is guy who can shoot the puck or dish it just as well. We’re getting more confident with each other. It went well (last night).”
The IceCaps can expect a hungry Penguins squad in Game 2, eager to steal a win and even the series heading back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for three straight games beginning Saturday.
“We know we’re going to see a bigger push from that team (Wednesday),” head coach Keith McCambridge said in a post-game scrum. “We can’t pat ourselves on the back. It’s one win. We’ve got to make sure we focus and come out tomorrow with a good performance.”
• The IceCaps were 18-9-2-1 this season in the second game of a back-to-back (0-1 this playoffs)
• Playing on a Wednesday in the regular season, the IceCaps were 5-5-0-0 (1-0 this playoffs)
• Brock Trotter has recorded a point in all five playoff games (3G, 3A)
• Paul Postma enters Wednesday’s contest riding a four-game assist streak
• Postma and Meech are tied for the league lead in points by a defenceman with five apiece
• The Penguins possess the league’s second-best power play this postseason (8/32, 25.0%)
• Penguins F Jason Williams leads all players in assists this playoffs with eight
Catch all the action with play-by-play broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador, as well as Rogers TV Channel 9 and www.ahllive.com. Pregame show begins at 7:00 p.m. with the drop of the puck set for 7:30 (all times Newfoundland).