Game Day: IceCaps at Senators
Puck drop: 7:30 PM NT
Listen Live: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930AM
Watch: AHL Live
The St. John’s IceCaps (15-17-0-1, 5th Atlantic) travel to Binghamton to face the Senators (18-7-1-2, 2nd East) on New Year’s Eve at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
LAST TIME OUT
Ben Chiarot scored his first goal of the season as the St. John’s IceCaps rebounded from a four-goal deficit to edge the Syracuse Crunch 5-4 in overtime Saturday night in New York. Chiarot swatted home a loose puck after a scramble with just 20 seconds remaining in the extra frame for the IceCaps fifth straight goal to seal the comeback, emptying the St. John’s bench. Eddie Pasquale kept the IceCaps in the game with several big saves with the team trailing 4-2 in the second period, and stopped 29 shots. St. John’s fired 33 shots at Riku Helenius in the Syracuse net, the most shots given up by the Crunch at home this season. Eric O’Dell notched a goal and an assist and was a team-high plus-three.
ALL-TIME: ICECAPS VS. SENATORS
The IceCaps and Senators will meet for the first time this season Monday night. Last season, St. John’s went 3-1-0-0 against Binghamton, sweeping a two-game home series and splitting a pair of games at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. In the most recent meeting, St. John’s skated away with a 5-2 victory on Mar. 4 in Binghamton. Paul Postma scored the eventual game-winner on a power play in the third period while Eddie Pasquale made 21 saves in the victory.
In four games versus the Senators last season, Jason Jaffray led the IceCaps with four goals and five points. Pasquale started three of the four matchups and went 2-1-0 with a 3.33 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage.
For Binghamton, Corey Locke led the way with six points (2G, 4A) in four games played. Ben Bishop started twice, going 1-1 with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage, facing a combined 82 shots in the two games against St. John’s.
With Saturday’s win, the IceCaps moved to a perfect 4-0 in overtime this season… Rookie defencemen Will O’Neill and Ben Chiarot both scored their first goals of the season Saturday. F Patrice Cormier, who missed 26 games with a knee injury, also scored his first goal of the season this weekend with a shorthanded marker in Hamilton Friday night… Saturday, St. John’s won its first game of the season when trailing after the first period. The club had been 0-10-0-0 before the comeback victory. The IceCaps also had just one win in 15 games when trailing after two periods until Saturday… St. John’s scored five or more goals for just the third time this season Saturday. Last season, the IceCaps accomplished that feat 12 times… The IceCaps are a perfect 5-0-0-0 when scoring four goals or more this season… Tonight marks the first time the IceCaps have ever played on a Monday.
F Ivan Telegin has missed the past two games with the flu… Seven IceCaps are currently on the injured list: Hunter Tremblay (concussion-like symptoms), John Albert (upper body), Travis Ramsey (hand), Jason King (head), Alex Burmistrov (upper body), Julian Melchiori (finger) and Shawn Weller (finger).
STREAKS and LEADERS
F Max Macenauer has a three-game assist streak… D Will O’Neill and D Ben Chiarot both have two game point streaks (1G, 1A)… F Kael Mouillierat saw his IceCaps season-high five-game point streak (1G, 5A) snapped in Friday’s loss at HAM but started a new streak with an assist Saturday at SYR. A pleasant surprise since signing a PTO in early December, the Edmonton native has eight points (2G, 6A) in just 11 games with St. John’s, including four power play points (1G, 3A)… Eric O’Dell’s +3 rating Saturday tied a season-high for an IceCaps player (Spencer Machacek was +3 in a 6-0 win vs. PRO on Nov. 25). O’Dell leads the IceCaps with a +4 rating on the season.
Following a 3-2 victory over the Devils in Albany Friday, the Binghamton Senators completed the sweep of their two-game weekend road trip with a 2-1 win over the Rochester Americans at the Blue Cross Arena on Saturday night. Cory Cowick’s first period marker stood up as the game-winner, while goaltender Robin Lehner made 26 saves for his 12th win of the season.
WHO TO WATCH
G Robin Lehner ranks second in the AHL in goals-against average (1.88) and save percentage (.944) and tied for second in wins (12)… F Derek Grant ranks first in the league with three shorthanded goals… Rookie Cole Schneider sits fifth in plus-minus (+10) amongst all rookies… D Andre Benoit (9G, 12A, 21 P) ranks eighth in defencemen scoring while teammate Patrick Wiercioch (8G, 10A, 18P) ranks 13th. Benoit’s nine tallies are good for third place.
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!