Game Day: IceCaps at Phantoms
Puck drop: 8:30 PM NT (pregame show 8:00)
Listen Live: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM
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The St. John’s IceCaps (13-14-0-1) visit the Adirondack Phantoms (10-14-1-0) riding a two-game winning streak and looking to pull back to .500.
Despite the mini streak, the IceCaps sit fifth in the Atlantic Division with 27 points. Just five points separate first from last in the division.
LAST TIME OUT
Mark Dekanich made 40 saves for his first shutout with the St. John’s IceCaps to lift his club to a 4-0 victory over the Providence Bruins Sunday afternoon at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Paul Postma had a goal and an assist while Aaron Gagnon’s first goal of the season 45 seconds into the first period was good enough for the game-winner. Spencer Machacek and Jason Gregoire also scored for St. John’s, which extended its winning streak to two games and snapped Providence’s streak of eight games with at least a point.
The IceCaps are just 1-4-0-0 in Wednesday games this season. The lone win came in Adirondack against the Phantoms on Nov. 28… St. John’s has played more games against the Northeast Division than any other division in the league. Tonight’s game will be their 12th; St. John’s has posted a 6-5-0-0 mark in 11 previous contests… When scoring a power play goal, the IceCaps are 10-4-0-1. When not allowing a power play marker, the club is 9-2-0-0. St. John’s has both scored a power play goal and not surrendered a goal shorthanded in each of its past two outings… The IceCaps recorded their third shutout of the season in Sunday’s 4-0 blanking of the Providence Bruins. Conversely, St. John’s has been shut out five times.
F Jason Jaffray (shoulder) returned from a five-game absence on 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 is expected to return to the lineup in the next week.
STREAKS and LEADERS
F Spencer Machacek has scored a goal in consecutive games and has three points (2G, 1A) during that span… F Ray Sawada is riding a two-game point streak (1G, 1A) after seeing his four-game point streak snapped last week… F Kael Mouillierat and D Derek Meech have recorded assists in back-to-back games… F Aaron Gagnon notched his first point of the season (an assist) in last Saturday’s overtime win at SPR and added his first goal in Sunday’s victory at Providence… The IceCaps have scored two power play goals in consecutive games, the second time this season they have achieved that feat.
PHANTOMS RECENT ACTION
Adirondack enters play Wednesday sitting last in the Northeast Division and last overall in the Eastern Conference with 21 points. The Phantoms have lost three straight games and are coming off a 3-2 setback last Saturday at home against the Manchester Monarchs. Up 2-1 heading into the final frame, Adirondack allowed two markers, including the game-winner to Slava Voynov with just 3:32 remaining in regulation. The Phantoms have lost seven-of-eight overall, with their last victory coming back on Nov. 24 in a home win over the Hershey Bears.
Brayden Schenn leads his club with 26 points (11G, 15A) in 25 games and sits 10th overall in league scoring as well as second in shots on goal.
SEASON SERIES: ICECAPS VS. PHANTOMS
St. John’s is 2-1-0-0 against Adirondack this season, having won their only matchup at Glens Falls Civic Center on Nov. 28. Spencer Machacek and Alex Burmistrov had two assists each, Carl Klingberg scored the game-winner and Eddie Pasquale made 31 saves in a 3-2 victory. Back on Oct. 19 and 20, the IceCaps and Phantoms split a pair of games at Mile One Centre.
In the season series, Burmistrov leads the IceCaps with three points (all assists) in three games while Zach Redmond has a goal and an assist. Pasquale has started all three games against the Phantoms, registering a 2.35 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
For Adirondack, Schenn (1G, 1A) and Ben Holmstrom (2A) each have two points to lead their team against St. John’s this season. Scott Munroe has started each game, posting a 2.71 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.
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!