Game Day: IceCaps at Bulldogs
The St. John’s IceCaps (13-15-0-1) head to Hamilton to face the Bulldogs (10-12-1-2) at Copps Coliseum Friday night.
Puck drop: 9:00 PM NT
Listen Live: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930AM
Watch: Sportsnet (all regions), AHL Live
SEASON SERIES: ICECAPS VS. BULLDOGS
St. John’s and Hamilton met twice at Mile One Centre back on Nov. 20 and 21, with the teams splitting the two-game set. On Nov. 20, Eddie Pasquale turned in one of his best performances of the season, making 45 saves as the IceCaps defeated the Bulldogs 3-1. The following night, the IceCaps spoiled a terrific effort by goaltender Mark Dekanich in dropping a 2-1 decision. Steve Quailer scored the eventual game-winner with less than 30 seconds to go in the second period on a weird bounce off the glass and Cedrick Desjardins made 29 saves in just his second start of the season for Hamilton. Dekanich made 23 saves for St. John’s while Carl Klingberg scored the team’s lone goal.
D Derek Meech leads St. John’s with two points (1G, 1A) against Hamilton, while the Bulldogs’ Brendan Gallagher also has two points (1G, 1A) versus the IceCaps.
LAST TIME OUT
The St. John’s IceCaps saw their two-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Adirondack Phantoms Wednesday night at Glens Falls Civic Center. Brayden Schenn scored the winner in the third period and Sean Couturier added a pair of assists. Scott Munroe picked up the win, making 23 saves., while Eddie Pasquale took the loss, stopping 31 shots. Spencer Machacek and Zach Redmond both scored for St. John’s, and Kael Mouillierat notched two assists.
F Aaron Gagnon was originally credited with a goal in last Sunday’s victory over Providence – his first of the season – but a scoring change resulted in the goal being awarded instead to Ray Sawada. Gagnon had appeared to tip Sawada’s shot, but it was deemed that the puck was not redirected… The IceCaps are just 2-6-0-0 in December after going 7-3-0-1 last season… Playing on Friday nights, the IceCaps are 3-2-0-0… St. John’s is just 4-13-0-0 when allowing a power play goal… In the first of back-to-back games, the IceCaps are 7-4-0-1… Last season, St. John’s went 4-3-0-1 versus Hamilton, including a 2-1-0-1 mark at Copps Coliseum. F Spencer Machacek had five goals and seven points in eight games against the Bulldogs.
F Jason Jaffray (shoulder) returned from a five-game absence last Sunday… Nine IceCaps are currently on the injured list: Patrice Cormier (knee), Hunter Tremblay (concussion-like symptoms), John Albert (upper body), Travis Ramsey (hand), Jason King (head), Eric O’Dell (lower body), Alex Burmistrov (upper body), Julian Melchiori (finger) and Shawn Weller (finger). Cormier travelled with the team but is not expected to play until after Christmas.
STREAKS and LEADERS
F Spencer Machacek has scored a goal in three straight games, tied for the longest goal streak in the team’s brief history. D Paul Postma scored in three straight from Feb. 3-7 last season… F Ray Sawada saw his two-game goal streak come to an end in Wednesday’s loss… F Kael Mouillierat and D Derek Meech have recorded assists in three straight games. Mouillierat has four assists in that span. Meech ranks 18th in scoring amongst all AHL defencemen with 16 points (3G, 13A)… The IceCaps have scored a power play tally in three straight contests and five of the last six, moving to 14th in the league (16.4%) with the man advantage… St. John’s has a league-best 10 wins in one-goal games.
The Peoria Rivermen defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-3 in a shootout at Carver Arena on Tuesday night. Stefan Chaput scored two goals for Hamilton but it was not enough as Derek Nesbitt scored two for the Rivermen and T.J. Hensick netted the winner in the shootout. The Bulldogs have lost two straight and three-of-four overall.
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!