Game 3 Preview: IceCaps vs. Admirals Posted by IceCaps on
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The St. John’s IceCaps return home for a pivotal Game 3 Monday night at Mile One Centre against the Norfolk Admirals in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The IceCaps lost both games at Scope Arena in Norfolk and find themselves in a 2-0 hole heading into the first of a possible three games back home. St. John’s dropped Game 2 by a final of 3-1 but gave a much better effort overall than its 6-1 showing in the series opener on Thursday. Eddie Pasquale made 35 saves and John Albert scored the lone goal for St. John’s.
“Our game was at a better level compared to Game 1,” said head coach Keith McCambridge Saturday night. “That was more of a type of game we thought we’d be facing; obviously not the result we wanted. We expect to have to battle for every game and every inch and we expect that for Game 3.”
A win by the IceCaps in Game 3 would put the team right back in the series. With the next three games at Mile One, taking care of business on home ice is priority number one.
“They’re good on their home ice,” McCambridge said. “We feel we’re strong on our home ice in the playoffs also. We look to get back there and get a win in this series.”
St. John’s enters play Monday in desperate need of some offence. The IceCaps have scored just two goals in the series and only nine goals in the last five games overall. With regular season leading scorer Spencer Machacek’s status still unknown, St. John’s will need more from the entire team if it hopes to break through.
Catch all the action with play-by-play broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and on the radio at 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador. Fans can see the games live on Rogers TV and streaming online at www.ahllive.com. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with the pregame show hitting the airwaves at 7:00 p.m. (all times Newfoundland).
QUICK HITS….The IceCaps are 1-for-12 on the power play in the series, while the Admirals are 2-for-10….Paul Postma has an assist in each of the two games this series and has a point in five of the last six games overall. Postma is second in team scoring with 10 points (1G, 9A)….Zach Redmond’s goal in Game 1 was the first of his professional career. The rookie had eight goals in the regular season….Brock Trotter, Spencer Machacek, John Albert and Garth Murray are the only IceCaps with a positive plus/minus rating (all are plus-1)….Eddie Pasquale’s 381 saves are tops amongst all goaltenders in the postseason. The next closest active netminder is Toronto’s Ben Scrivens (272)….Norfolk’s Alexandre Picard leads all scorers in the playoffs with 14 points (8G, 6A). The winger scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Game 2.