Game Day: IceCaps at Devils
The St. John’s IceCaps (10-9-0-1) visit the Albany Devils (4-7-0-5) Friday at Times Union Center.
This is the third meeting between the IceCaps and Devils this season, with each team having recorded a victory. 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 on Nov. 16 at Mile One Centre, as the IceCaps paid homage to Canadian military personnel on Military Appreciation Night. The following day, Darcy Zajac had two goals and Jeff Frazee made 21 saves in the third period alone to guide Albany to a 5-3 win over St. John’s. The win gave the Devils a split of the two-game series at Mile One Centre.
Eddie Pasquale made 31 saves as the St. John’s IceCaps bested the Adirondack Phantoms 3-2 Wednesday night at Glens Falls Civic Center. Pasquale stopped 13 shots in the third period in picking up his fifth win of the season. Alex Burmistrov and Spencer Machacek notched a pair of assists each while Kevin Clark scored his first goal of the year. Paul Postma and Carl Klingberg also scored for St. John’s, which moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with the idle Manchester Monarchs.
F Ray Sawada returned to the lineup Wednesday at ADK and reclaimed his spot alongside John Albert and Max Macenauer… F John Albert suffered an injury during the first period and of Wednesday’s game and did not return. His status is listed as day-to-day… F Eric O’Dell missed his fourth consecutive game Wednesday after suffering an injury last Tuesday against Hamilton… Forwards Hunter Tremblay (head) and Jason King (undisclosed) remain sidelined with injuries. King has not played since Nov. 4 at Providence while Tremblay is considered day-to-day… C Patrice Cormier resumed skating in practice last week and appears set for a mid-December return. Cormier has been out of the lineup since suffering a lower body injury in the IceCaps’ home opener back on Oct. 19 vs. ADK… D Travis Ramsey suffered a broken hand in last Saturday night’s game against Providence and will miss the next four weeks. Between the regular season and playoffs, Ramsey played in a team-high 89 total games last season but has fallen victim to the AHL’s veteran rule this season, playing in just 11 of the club’s 18 contests before his injury.
The IceCaps look to win three consecutive regular season games for the first time since winning four in a row last season from Mar. 4 to Mar. 10… F Joey Sides was recalled from Colorado (ECHL) to help out a depleted forward corps. Sides has notched 18 points (9G, 9A) in 18 games with the Eagles this season and is tied for fourth on the team in points (behind the league’s top three scorers). Sides is also tied for first in the ECHL in plus/minus rating (+13)… After an awful 2-for-56 stretch on the power play from Oct. 24 to Nov. 17, the IceCaps have turned up the electricity in the past five games, going a combined 8-for-29 (27.6%). St. John’s scored three power play goals last Sunday for the first time this season, and added another two in Wednesday’s 3-2 win at ADK… St. John’s is 2-1-0-0 in Friday games this season.
STREAKS, MILESTONES and LEADERS
F Spencer Machacek snapped his 13-game pointless streak last Sunday and has five assists in his last two games. The IceCaps’ leading scorer last season notched three assists Sunday and two more on Wednesday and has climbed to third in team scoring (3G, 7A, 10P) behind Derek Meech and Alex Burmistrov… G Eddie Pasquale has won three of his last four starts and has made at least 30 saves in each of his last five outings… Eric O’Dell, who has missed the last four games, is currently riding a four-game point streak (1G, 4A), the longest streak by an IceCaps player this season… D Derek Meech has a two-game point streak, during which he has recorded a goal and three assists… F Carl Klingberg and D Paul Postma have both scored a power play goal in consecutive games.
In the first of four games at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the Devils dropped a 5-4 shootout decision to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last Sunday afternoon. In the end, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Jayson Megna scored the lone shootout goal, giving his team a 5-4 victory. Mattias Tedenby, Bobby Butler, Adam Henrique and Jacob Josefson each had goals. Butler, who also had an assist, led all Devils scorers with two points. In goal, Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves in his second start of the weekend and ninth of the season.
The Devils’ fourth leading scorer, Adam Henrique, suffered a hand injury in last Sunday’s game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. A runner-up for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie last season with New Jersey, Henrique will undergo a procedure to repair the Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) in his left thumb and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Albany is just 2-4-0-3 at home this season, with its last home win coming on Nov. 10 vs. ADK… The Devils lead the AHL in shootout losses with five and are 2-1-0-1 when coming off a shootout loss… When allowing a power play goal, Albany is just 0-6-0-2.
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!