Game 5 Preview: IceCaps at Penguins
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The St. John’s IceCaps can advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win tonight in Game 5 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
The IceCaps lead the best-of-seven conference semifinal series three games to one after a pair of thrilling overtime victories this past weekend.
Saturday, the IceCaps weathered the storm during a second period in which they were outshot 11-0 and 29-16 overall. Despite a goal by Eric Tangradi that tied the game for the Penguins with just 1:02 left in regulation, Brock Trotter lifted the visitors to a 2-1 victory in the extra frame with a beautiful solo effort.
Sunday, St. John’s fell behind 2-0 in the game’s first seven minutes but rallied back to tie the game with two goals in the second period. A tense, scoreless third period led to a second straight overtime game, where Ben Maxwell potted a loose puck in front of Penguins goalie Brad Thiessen to give the IceCaps a 3-2 triumph and a commanding 3-1 series lead heading into Tuesday’s Game 5.
To say the IceCaps are the comeback kids this playoffs may not do them justice. St. John’s is 3-1 in games in which it allows the first goal, and a perfect 3-0 when trailing after one period. The two weekend overtime victories also give the IceCaps a 3-0 record in the extra frame these playoffs and bring the team to 4-1 in one-goal games.
“Those guys know they have a good team and they know they have the firepower to get themselves out of that,” McCambridge said of the early 2-0 hole in Game 4. “They have the character and the will to push through that kind of deficit.”
Of course, the IceCaps would rather not give the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a head start.
“Wilkes-Barre is a very good team,” McCambridge added. “And they’ve played some strong games. We need one win, so we just take every game in this series one game at a time, one period at a time. We have to make sure we’re ready to go for Tuesday night’s game.”
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 and on TSN 1290 in Winnipeg. Fans can view the game streaming live at www.ahllive.com. Pregame show begins at 8:00 p.m. with the drop of the puck set for 8:35 (all times Newfoundland).
• The IceCaps have won all four meetings at Mohegan Sun Arena this season (regular season and playoffs) and have limited the Penguins to just five goals
• Ben Maxwell’s two points in Game 4 gave him three points (2G, 1A) in the series and seven points (4G, 3A) in seven games against the Penguins this season
• St. John’s is just 2-for-13 on the power play in the series heading into Game 5 and are 13-for-15 on the penalty kill
• Penguins F Eric Tangradi has three of the Penguins’ seven goals in the series