Game Day: IceCaps at Phantoms
The St. John’s IceCaps (9-9-0-1) visit the Adirondack Phantoms (9-8-0-0) Wednesday at Glens Falls Civic Center.
This is the third meeting between the teams this season, with each team having recorded a victory. St. John’s defeated Adirondack 2-1 in its home opener back on Oct. 19. Eddie Pasquale made 32 saves and Travis Ramsey scored the game-winning goal in the third period. Scott Munroe stopped 25 shots for Adirondack in the loss. The following night, the Phantoms bounced back with a 4-3 win, coming back from two goals down to split the two-game set. The Phantoms scored two goals in 51 seconds in the third period, including Brayden Schenn’s game-winner. Munroe made 31 saves in the win, while Pasquale absorbed the loss with a 28-save performance.
F Eric O’Dell missed his third consecutive game Sunday after suffering an injury in Tuesday night’s affair with the Hamilton Bulldogs… Forwards Ray Sawada (lower body), Hunter Tremblay (head) and Jason King (undisclosed) also missed Sunday’s game with injuries. King has not played since Nov. 4 at Providence… C Patrice Cormier has been skating this past 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 Saturday night’s game against the Providence Bruins 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. O’Dell and Sawada are the only mentioned injured players to make the trip.
The IceCaps have not won more than two consecutive regular season games since winning four in a row last season from Mar. 4 to Mar. 10… F Derek Whitmore was released from his PTO Tuesday and signed a contract to play for a club in Germany. The five-year AHL veteran played in seven games with St. John’s, notching four points (1G, 3A). The winger scored his first goal in Sunday’s 6-0 win over Providence… 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 four games, going a combined 6-for-22 (27.2%). St. John’s scored three power play goals Sunday for the first time this season, a feat they accomplished seven times last season, most recently in a 4-3 win vs. Springfield on Apr. 8… The IceCaps are 0-3-0-0 in Wednesday games this season and were 5-5-0-0 last season… St. John’s has allowed the first goal on the road four times in seven contests, losing all four games.
STREAKS, MILESTONES and LEADERS
F Spencer Machacek snapped his 13-game pointless streak Sunday. The IceCaps’ leading scorer last season notched three assists and was on the ice for all six St. John’s goals, finishing with a plus-three rating… G Eddie Pasquale has faced 40 or more shots in three straight starts and has made at least 35 saves in four consecutive outings… Eric O’Dell, who has missed the last three games, is currently riding a four-game point streak (1G, 4A), the longest streak by an IceCaps player this season… F Max Macenauer has a two-game point streak (1G, 1A)…
Adirondack completed a perfect three-for-three Thanksgiving holiday weekend at home defeating the Hershey Bears 3-1 on Saturday night. Scott Munroe picked up the victory for the third game in a row as the Phantoms moved past the .500 mark for the first time since opening night. Tye McGinn, Tyler Brown and Sean Couturier all scored in the win.
WHO TO WATCH
NHLers Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn have been hot over the last two weeks. Couturier has scored in three straight and has four goals in his last five games, while Schenn has 11 points (5G, 6A) in his last six games. Schenn has a goal and an assist in the two games versus St. John’s this season.
Adirondack is 5-2-0-0 at home this season… The Phantoms are a perfect 7-0-0-0 when scoring three or more goals and 8-1-0-0 when scoring a power play goal… Adirondack is riding a four-game home winning streak dating back to Nov. 3.
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!