Game Day: IceCaps eye sweep of Pirates Posted by IceCaps on
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The IceCaps (30-34-2-4, 66 PTS) look to sweep the Portland Pirates (38-27-3-2, 81 PTS) Wednesday at Mile One Centre in the last of eight meetings this season.
LAST NIGHT: APR 9: STJ 3 POR 2 | The IceCaps edged the Pirates 3-2 last night in the first of two meetings this week at Mile One Centre between the Atlantic Division rivals. Mark Dekanich was the story for St. John’s, making 30 saves and shutting the door on the Pirates in the closing minutes of regulation. Ray Sawada scored the winner midway through the third while Cody Sol and Josh Lunden added tallies for the home team. Dekanich helped the IceCaps hold Portland’s power play at bay, which went just 1-for-6 on the night. St. John’s managed a goal on five opportunities with the man advantage. RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: MAR 23: STJ 4 POR 1 The IceCaps bounced back to split a two-game series against the Pirates with an impressive 4-1 victory in Portland at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Josh Lunden had a career-high three points, scoring a power play goal and adding a pair of assists, while Eric O’Dell notched a goal and an assist. Kael Mouillierat and Jason Gregoire each chipped in with a pair of helpers and Mark Dekanich stopped 20-of-21 shots for the IceCaps’ third win in their last four games.| MAR 22: POR 5 STJ 2 | FEB 17: POR 6 STJ 1 | NOV 2: POR 3 STJ 0 | OCT 24: POR 4 STJ 0 | OCT 23: STJ 8 POR 7 (OT)
STJ: Eric O’Dell 6 PTS (4G, 2A) | Josh Lunden 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | Jason Gregoire 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | Mark Dekanich (2-1-0, 3.79 GAA)
POR: x Alex Bolduc 8 PTS (5G, 3A) | x Michael Stone 7 PTS (7A) | x Chris Brown 6 PTS (5G, 1A) | Chad Johnson (2-1-0, 2.65 GAA)
INJURY REPORT: Jason King (head), Hunter Tremblay (head), Ivan Telegin (head), Ryan Schnell (lower body), John Albert (hand), and Josh Godfrey (undisclosed), Richard Petiot (undisclosed), Patrice Cormier (undisclosed), Jason Gregoire (undisclosed).
TRANSACTIONS: APR 10: STJ signs G Juho Olkinuora to an ATO | APR 4: STJ signs F Adam Lowry to an ATO | APR 3: WPG recalls F Aaron Gagnon, reassigns F Patrice Cormier to STJ
QUICK HITS: F Eric O’Dell surpassed Spencer Machacek’s club record for points in a season with an assist last night, giving him 51 points (28G, 23A). O’Dell has been hot in the last 16 games, scoring 15 goals and adding 11 assists for 26 points. He ranks tied for fourth in the AHL in goals (28) and tied for first among active players. O’Dell has seven multi-goal games this season and is two goals shy of becoming the first IceCap to his 30 in a season… D Cody Sol scored his first AHL goal last night. Assisting on the goal were rookie forwards Vinny Saponari and Matthew Kirzinger, their first AHL points… F Adam Lowry made his pro debut last weekend, suiting up in both games… G Mark Dekanich has won six of his last eight starts and has stopped 70-of-75 shots (.933 SV%) in his last two outings… F Kael Mouillierat is riding a four-game point streak (1G, 4A) and has points in six of his last seven games (2G, 5A). His 30 assists are tops on the club… St. John’s signed G Juho Olkinuora to an ATO Wednesday. The 22-year-old Finnish netminder spent the last two years with the University of Denver and went 13-6-5 with a 2.35 GAA and a .927 SV% this past season… The IceCaps improved to 9-11-1-2 vs. the Atlantic Division.
RECENT ACTION: APR 7: SPR 4 POR 2 | The Portland Pirates fell to the Springfield Falcons 4-2 in front of 5,412 at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Sunday afternoon. The win gave Springfield the Northeast Division title, while dropping the Pirates to 3 points back of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for 5th in the Eastern Conference. Andy Miele had both goals for the Pirates while Mike Lee made 29 saves on 33 shots.
TRANSACTIONS: APR 9: PHX reassigns D David Rundbland to POR | APR 7: PHX (NHL) reassigns G Chad Johnson to POR (AHL), recalls F Scott Arnold from GWI (ECHL) | APR 5: PHX recalls F Alex Bolduc and D David Rundblad from POR; POR signs D James Melindy to an ATO | APR 3: PHX reassigns F Brandon McMillan to POR; PHX recalls F Chris Brown and F Chris Conner from POR; POR signs F Justin Feser to an ATO
QUICK HITS: Portland’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot remains at seven points… F Andy Miele notched an assist last night to extend his point streak to five games (4G, 5A)… F Evan Brophey led the Pirates with seven shots on goal Tuesday night… G Mark Visentin is 1-2-0 with a 3.01 GAA and a .901 SV% in three games vs. the IceCaps this season… A Pirates loss tonight would allow the Providence Bruins to clinch the Atlantic Division… Phoenix reassigned D David Rundblad (13th in scoring among AHL defencemen with 34 points) to Portland yesterday. The Swedish rearguard will join the team in time for tonight’s game… The Pirates signed St. John’s native D James Melindy to an ATO last week, joining assistant coach John Slaney as the second Newfoundlander with the Pirates organization. Melindy, 20, had a stellar season with the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL), posting 24 points (4G, 20A) and a +13 rating in 67 games. The 6’3 rearguard was selected in the third round (88th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
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