Game Day: IceCaps and Devils Round Two
ICECAPS vs. DEVILS
The St. John’s IceCaps (7-7-0-0) host the Albany Devils (3-5-0-4) Saturday in the second of two games at Mile One Centre this weekend.
Mark Dekanich stopped the final four shooters and Jason Jaffray scored the shootout winner as the St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Albany Devils 4-3 Friday night at a sold out Mile One Centre as the IceCaps paid homage to Canadian military personnel on Military Appreciation Night. | RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS
STRUGGLING TO SCORE
Only three teams rank below the IceCaps in goals per game, including the Albany Devils. St. John’s has managed just 2.21 goals per game while Albany is averaging 2.08 goals per game. Both teams’ power play efficiency has been equally as anemic. The IceCaps have dropped to 26th overall (11.0%) while the Devils, despite two goals on five chances Friday night, still sit dead last with the man advantage (7.3%).
INJURY BUG BITES AGAIN
Just as it looked like the IceCaps were returning to good health, the injury bug reared its ugly head once again. Joining the recovering Patrice Cormier in the infirmary are forwards Hunter Tremblay (concussion-like symptoms), Aaron Gagnon (ribs) and Jason King (undisclosed).
Through the first 14 games, St. John’s has allowed 22 goals combined in the first and third periods. In the second period alone, the IceCaps have allowed 20 goals while scoring just nine…St. John’s has an AHL-leading seven one-goal victories. All seven of the IceCaps’ wins have been by one goal. The club is 2-0 this season in games that have gone past regulation time…. St. John’s is two for its last 53 on the power play….Four of the five Atlantic Division teams currently have a .500 points percentage or better.
STREAKS, MILESTONES and LEADERS
F Ray Sawada reached 100 career AHL points with his assist last Saturday against HER and added his first goal of the season in last night’s 4-3 win….F Kevin Clark is still two points away from reaching 50 for his AHL career….Sawada, Carl Klingberg and Eric O’Dell all recorded a point for the second straight game. O’Dell has three points (1G, 2A) and a +3 rating during that span….D Ben Chiarot ranks fourth among all rookies in penalty minutes with 23…. Friday’s contest was the 45th consecutive regular season sellout at Mile One and 53rd overall, including playoffs.
BIG GAME EXPERIENCE
Devils F Adam Henrique played a major role in helping the New Jersey Devils reach the Stanley Cup Finals last season. The rookie standout recorded 51 points (16G, 35A) in 74 regular season games and also chipped in with 13 points in 24 postseason contests, including two series-clinching goals. F Jacob Josefson and D Adam Larsson also gained playoff experience with New Jersey, suiting up in at least five games apiece.
Devils forwards Kelly and Darcy Zajac are the younger brothers of New Jersey F Travis Zajac. Kelly, after four seasons at Union College, is in his first full professional season while Darcy suited up in 66 games last season with Albany, notching 24 points (8G, 16A). Darcy originally signed with Adirondack (AHL) after completing four seasons with the University of North Dakota, where he was a teammate of current IceCaps F Jason Gregoire for two seasons.
STAYING WITHIN THE SYSTEM
The New Jersey Devils have always been known for their defensive systems, something the organization has attempted to instill in its approach to developing talent in their farm system. New Jersey has placed in the top-10 in goals against in the NHL for 14 consecutive seasons. This season, Albany ranks seventh overall in goals against per game (2.67) and fifth in shots allowed per game (27.42).
Although this weekend marks the IceCaps’ first ever matchup against the Devils, there’s a face that may be familiar to fans at Mile One Centre. New acquisition F Philip DeSimone spent 2011-12 with the Hamilton Bulldogs, playing in all 76 games as a rookie. In eight contests against the IceCaps, DeSimone led all Bulldogs scorers with three goals and five points, including a pair of goals in a 4-0 win at Mile One Centre on Oct. 14, 2011, the IceCaps’ inaugural home opener.
Four of the Devils’ top prospects hail from Sweden: D Adam Larsson (4th overall pick in 2011), F Jacob Josefson (20th overall in 2009, Mattias Tedenby (24th overall in 2008) and Alexander Urbom (73rd overall in 2009). Larsson, Josefson and Tedenby all played with IceCaps F Carl Klingberg on Sweden’s World Junior team either in 2009 or 2010.
WIN A SPECIAL MILITARY JERSEY!
Military Appreciation Night was on Friday, November 16, during which the IceCaps wore special military-themed jerseys. Six of these jerseys will be available in a special ticket draw during the current six-game home stand.
Fans can purchase tickets on the main concourse for $2 each or three for $5, with the prize draws taking place during the final game of the home stand on Sunday, Nov. 25.
LISTEN TO EVERY ICECAPS GAME LIVE
Listen to every IceCaps game this season online at www.stjohnsicecaps.com by clicking the ‘Listen Live’ link on the homepage. Play-by-play broadcaster Brian Rogers brings you all the action on the ice, including a pregame show that starts 30 minutes before the drop of the puck.
Fans can also listen on the radio at 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador. And, watch all the games streaming live online at www.ahllive.com!