Game Day: IceCaps and Monarchs wrap up two-game set
Puck drop: 7:30 PM NT
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The St. John’s IceCaps (23-30-1-3, 50 PTS) look to bounce back against the Manchester Monarchs (25-24-3-3, 54 PTS) Saturday at Mile One Centre after a devastating shootout loss Friday night.
LAST NIGHT: MCH 5 STJ 4 (SO) | Eric O’Dell notched four points but it didn’t matter, as the IceCaps fell 5-4 to the Monarchs in a shootout Friday night at Mile One. Clinging to a 4-3 lead with less than a minute to go in regulation, Andy Andreoff scored his second of the game to send it to overtime and then to a shootout, where Martin Jones stopped four-of-five shooters and Jordan Weal and Colton Yellow Horn scored for Manchester. For St. John’s, O’Dell scored twice and added two assists and Kael Mouillierat recorded a goal and two assists, as well as the only IceCaps’ goal in the shootout. Patrice Cormier had a goal and an assist while Eddie Pasquale made 22 saves in his first start since being returned by the Winnipeg Jets.
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: FEB 16: STJ 5 MCH 3 The IceCaps rebounded from an early 2-0 deficit to down the Monarchs 5-3 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. Carl Klingberg, Aaron Gagnon, Patrice Cormier, Spencer Machacek and Jason Jaffray (into an empty net) scored for the IceCaps, who snapped a five-game losing streak. | FEB 15: MCH 5 STJ 2 The IceCaps lost their fifth straight game in a 5-2 loss to the Monarchs at Verizon Wireless Arena. Brandon Kozun potted two goals including the game-winner, while Tyler Toffoli also had a pair for Manchester. Martin Jones made 22 saves for his second win against the IceCaps this season. Eric O’Dell notched a goal and an assist for St. John’s, while Jason Jaffray picked up a power play tally. | JAN 5: MCH 3 STJ 2 (OT) | JAN 4: MCH 3 STJ 2 | NOV 7: MCH 4 STJ 1
STJ: Eric O’Dell 8 PTS (3G, 5A) | Jason Jaffray 5 PTS (2G, 3A) | Carl Klingberg 4 PTS (3G, 1A) | Eddie Pasquale (0-1-1, 3.42 GAA)
MCH: Tyler Toffoli 8 PTS (6G, 2A) | Brandon Kozun 7 PTS (7G) | Linden Vey 7 PTS (7A) | Peter Mannino (2-0-0, 1.46 GAA)
INJURY REPORT: F Jason King (head), F Hunter Tremblay (head), F Ivan Telegin (head), F Ryan Schnell (lower body), F Max Macenauer (undisclosed), and D Ben Chiarot (undisclosed).
QUICK HITS: F Ben Maxwell extended his point streak to four games (2G, 3A) with his second period assist last night… F Eric O’Dell’s two goals last night gave him 18 on the season, tops on the club. His four-point effort tied a franchise high, set last season by Patrice Cormier and equaled last month by Kael Mouillierat. O’Dell has 11 points (6G, 5A) in his last seven games, while Mouillierat has 10 points (2G, 8A) in his last four contests… The IceCaps have scored three goals or more in six of their last eight games and four or more in four of their last six contests… The IceCaps have lost five straight games vs. the Monarchs at Mile One Centre dating back to last season. STJ is 6-6-1-1 vs. MCH all-time … STJ is 5-9-1-2 vs. the Atlantic Division… The IceCaps are 8-9-1-1 on Saturday nights this season… F Norm Ezekiel wore number nine in his AHL debut Tuesday night but wore 13 last night. Last season, Ezekiel played for the Barrie Colts (OHL) with IceCaps F Ivan Telegin, Winnipeg Jets prospect F Mark Scheifele, and Manchester Monarchs F Tanner Pearson… In the second of back-to-back games this season, the IceCaps are 9-11-1-0.
TRANSACTIONS: Mar. 1: St. John’s (AHL) signs D Josh Godfrey to a PTO | Feb. 27: St. John’s reassigns G Chris Carrozzi to Ontario (ECHL) | Feb. 27: Winnipeg (NHL) recalls D Derek Meech from St. John’s | Feb. 27: Winnipeg reassigns G Eddie Pasquale and D Julian Melchiori to St. John’s | Feb. 22: Winnipeg recalls D Julian Melchiori from St. John’s | Feb. 19: St. John’s recalls F Norm Ezekiel from Colorado (ECHL)
RECENT ACTION: FEB 24: POR 4 MCH 3 (OT) | The Manchester Monarchs earned five-of-six points last weekend but could not grab the sixth as they fell to the Portland Pirates, 4-3, in overtime in game nine of the VIP Cup, presented by VIP Parts, Tires and Service, at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Sunday afternoon.
QUICK HITS: MCH has won three of its last four games, recording at least a point in each contest… F Brandon Kozun has five multi-point games in his last seven games… F Tyler Toffoli saw his five-game point streak (5-3-8) snapped in a loss last Sunday but scored in last night’s win. Toffoli has six goals in six games vs. STJ this season… D Matt Case made his Monarchs debut last Sunday… Former IceCaps G Peter Mannino is 2-0-0 with a 1.46 GAA and a .944 SV% vs. STJ this season but is currently injured and did not make the trip… Forwards Linden Vey, Brandon Kozun and Tyler Toffoli have combined for 22 points in six games vs. STJ this year… D Chris Huxley participated in the IceCaps’ training camp in Corner Brook back in October. Huxley was a healthy scratch last night… F Andy Andreoff, who scored twice Friday including the tying goal with 43 seconds left in regulation, scored his first professional goal with the Monarchs in a 4-2 victory against the St. John’s IceCaps on April 15, 2012… F Brian O’Neill made his professional debut against the St. John’s IceCaps on March 17, 2012… Former NHL defenceman and Boston Bruins general manager Mike O’Connell, Director of Pro Development for the Los Angeles Kings, was in attendance. O’Connell’s last visit to St. John’s was as head coach of the Providence Bruins back in the early 1990s.
TRANSACTIONS: FEB 27: MCH (AHL) signs F Ian O’Connor and F Kris Belan to PTOs | FEB 22: MCH signs F Hunter Bishop and D Matt Case to PTOs; loans D Matthew Register to Ontario (ECHL)
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