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Friday, May 2nd (7:30 PM NDT, Mile One Centre)
GAME 4 – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (IceCaps lead best-of-five series tied 2-1)
(4) ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS vs (5) ALBANY DEVILS
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The St. John’s IceCaps look to advance to the second round when they face the Albany Devils in Game 4 of their best-of-five Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series tonight at Mile One Centre.
The IceCaps are coming off a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Devils on Wednesday night at Mile One that saw them take a 2-1 lead in the series and put Albany on the brink of elimination. Michael Hutchinson was perfect, making 24 saves for his first career playoff shutout, while Kael Mouillierat scored the game’s only goal in the opening period.
LAST GAME: Kael Mouillierat scored the only goal of the game and Michael Hutchinson stopped 24 shots to earn the shutout, as the St. John’s IceCaps blanked the Albany Devils 1-0 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series at Mile One Centre.
Will O’Neill and Zach Redmond each chipped in with an assist for the IceCaps, while Keith Kinkaid turned aside 34-of-35 in a losing effort for Albany.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for St. John’s: Cody Lampl, Ryan Schnell, Josh Lunden, Julian Melchiori, Adam Lowry, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Eric Comrie, Jussi Olkinuora, Eddie Pasquale… With the assist, Zach Redmond now has a helper in each game of the series… The IceCaps went 0-for-6 on the power play, but killed off all four shorthanded situations… St. John’s outshot Albany 35-24… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Michael Hutchinson 2. Keith Kinkaid 3. Kael Mouillierat… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Carl Klingberg.
PENALTY KILL TURNAROUND: After allowing three goals on 11 power play opportunities in the first two games, the IceCaps went a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill Wednesday night to improve to 73.3% in the series. During the regular season, St. John’s finished ninth overall at 83.5%.
FAST STARTS: St. John’s has scored the first goal in all three games of the series. In the regular season, the IceCaps went 29-8-0-2 when scoring before the opposition.
GOALTENDING CLINIC: Both Michael Hutchinson and Keith Kinkaid have been nothing short of spectacular in the series. Kinkaid (1.68) and Hutchinson (1.69) rank fourth and fifth in goals against average, respectively, among goaltenders with more than one game started. Hutchinson is one of just three netminders to record a shutout, while Kinkaid’s .949 save percentage is good for fourth overall.
NOTABLES: Hutchinson’s shutout Wednesday was the first in IceCaps playoff history… In the last four periods of hockey, the IceCaps have outshot the Devils 55-29… With a helper tonight, Zach Redmond would tie an IceCaps playoff record for consecutive games with an assist, originally set in 2012 by Paul Postma (four games from Apr. 21-27)… The Jets re-assigned forward Ryan Olsen from the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) on Thursday. In 71 games with the Rockets, Olsen notched 64 points (30G, 34A) and 73 penalty minutes.
STJ: Zach Redmond 3 PTS (3A) | Brenden Kichton 2 PTS (2G) | Michael Hutchinson (2-1-0, 1.69 GAA, .940 SV%)
ALB: Mattias Tedenby 2 PTS (1G,1A) | Kelly Zajac 2 PTS (2A) | Keith Kinkaid (1-2-0, 1.68 GAA, .949 SV%)