Game Day: IceCaps aim for split with Penguins Posted by IceCaps on
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The IceCaps (31-35-2-4, 68 PTS) finish their home schedule Sunday afternoon looking to split the two-game series with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (41-28-2-2, 86 PTS).
LAST NIGHT: WBS 3 STJ 0 | The IceCaps were shut out 3-0 by the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday night at Mile One Centre. Jeff Zatkoff needed to make just 18 saves for the shutout, while Dominik Oher scored twice to pace the Penguins. Bobby Farnham added a pair of assists as the Penguins punched their ticket to the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs with the win. Mark Dekanich made 16 saves for St. John’s while Eric O’Dell, Kael Mouillierat and Will O’Neill led the club with three shots apiece. RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: Jan 23: WBS 3 STJ 0 The St. John’s IceCaps were blanked 3-0 by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena, snapping the team’s season-high four game point streak. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored all three goals in the first period and capitalized on a tired IceCaps team, which was playing its fourth game in six nights. Former IceCap Riley Holzapfel notched a goal and an assist while goaltender Brad Thiessen stopped all 26 shots he faced. | DEC 1: WBS 5 STJ 3
STJ: Jason Jaffray 3 PTS (1G, 2A) | x Spencer Machacek 2 PTS (1, 1) | Ray Sawada 1 PT (1G) | Eddie Pasquale (0-2-0, 5.29 GAA)
WBS: Riley Holzapfel 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | Trevor Smith 4 PTS (4A) | Dominik Uher 2 PTS (2G) | Jeff Zatkoff (2-0-0, 1.51 GAA)
INJURY REPORT: Jason King (head), Hunter Tremblay (head), Ivan Telegin (head), Ryan Schnell (lower body), John Albert (hand), and Josh Godfrey (undisclosed), Richard Petiot (undisclosed), Patrice Cormier (undisclosed), Jason Gregoire (undisclosed).
TRANSACTIONS: APR 13: STJ releases F Matthew Kirzinger from ATO | APR 10: STJ acquires F Mathieu Tousignant on loan from TEX (AHL) | APR 10: STJ signs G Juho Olkinuora to an ATO | APR 4: STJ signs F Adam Lowry to an ATO
QUICK HITS: The IceCaps were officially eliminated from playoff contention with last night’s loss… F Kael Mouillierat and F Eric O’Dell saw their five-and four-game point streaks snapped, respectively… The IceCaps acquired F Mathieu Tousignant on loan from the Texas Stars Wednesday. The 23-year-old has played in 176 career AHL games, all with the Stars, collecting 38 points (17G, 21A) and 224 penalty minutes. Tousignant made his IceCaps debut last night, recording seven minutes in penalties including a spirited fight with the Penguins’ Zach Sill… F Vinny Saponari notched his first career goal in the second period of Wednesday’s game. F Adam Lowry picked up an assist on the play, his first career point. Lowry was recognized for his strong play in Saturday night’s loss with a third star selection… F Carl Klingberg’s goal Wednesday was his first in the last 12 games… G Mark Dekanich has just three losses in his last 10 starts… St. John’s has been shut out eight times this season and is 4-3 in games following a shutout loss… The IceCaps are 5-5-0-0 in Sunday afternoon games this season… St. John’s in winless all-time in three regular season meetings (0-2-1-0) with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Mile One Centre.
RECENT ACTION: APR 7: WBS 4 HER 3 | Chad Kolarik’s two-goal game helped the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins run their win streak to five games with a 4-3 triumph over the Hershey Bears on Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Brad Thiessen made 31 saves on 34 Hershey shots to go 15-11-2 on the season.
TRANSACTIONS: APR 10: WBS releases D Clark Seymour and G Matt Murray from ATOs; WBS acquires F Derek Nesbitt on loan from PEO (AHL) | APR 7: PIT (NHL) recalls F Beau Bennett from WBS | APR 6: WBS signs F Chris Barton, D Harrison Roupp, G Matt Murray and G Scott Darling to ATOs
QUICK HITS: WBS extended its winning streak to six games and clinched a berth in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs with last night’s win. The Penguins have not lost in regulation in their last eight outings (7-0-0-1)… G Jeff Zatkoff recorded his fifth shutout of the season last night and has not allowed more than two goals in seven consecutive starts while going 7-1-0. He leads the AHL with a 1.91 goals against average and has won six in a row… The Penguins acquired F Derek Nesbitt from Peoria prior to the AHL’s loan and trade deadline on Wednesday. The veteran of 319 AHL games was leading the Riverman in goals with 26 and was second in points with 47… The Penguins held the IceCaps to just 18 shots on goal Saturday, one week after holding the Albany Devils to just 11 shots on goal, a season low… The line of Trevor Smith (5G, 8A), Riley Holzapfel (3G, 9A) and Chad Kolarik (6G, 8A) has combined for 39 points over the Penguins’ last 12 games, including two assists last night. Holzapfel spent part of the 2011-12 season with St. John’s, playing in 29 games before being traded to the Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) for F Max Macenauer… WBS ranks first in the AHL in GAA, second in shots allowed, and second in penalty killing.
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