Game Day: IceCaps host Bulldogs
The St. John’s IceCaps (23-32-1-4, 51 PTS) entertain the Hamilton Bulldogs (24-29-1-5, 54 PTS) Friday at Mile One Centre on Reverse Jersey Night.
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: FEB 26: HAM 4 STJ 3 Ray Sawada fired his 10th goal of the season and added an assist but it wasn’t enough as the IceCaps fell 4-3 to the Bulldogs at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum. Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu collected a pair of goals to pace the Bulldogs and was the game’s first star. | DEC 28: HAM 6 STJ 3 | DEC 21: STJ 2 HAM 1 | NOV 21: HAM 2 STJ 1 | NOV 20: STJ 3 HAM 1
STJ: Jason Jaffray 5 PTS (2G, 3A) | x Derek Meech 5 PTS (1G, 4A) | Ray Sawada 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | x Eddie Pasquale (1-1-0, 1.69 GAA)
HAM: x Gabriel Dumont 5 PTS (3G, 2A) | Nathan Beaulieu 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | x Brendan Gallagher 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | x Cedric Desjardins (1-1-0, 1.51 GAA)
LAST GAME: MAR 9: SYR 4 STJ 2 | The IceCaps started strong but were outplayed for the final 40 minutes as the Syracuse Crunch walked away with a 4-2 win last Saturday night and a two-game sweep at Mile One. Brett Connolly played the role of hero for the second consecutive night. After scoring the shootout winner Friday, Connolly notched the eventual game-winner in the third period on a deflection to send the Crunch to their third straight victory over the IceCaps this season. Riku Helenius stopped 23-of-25 shots while J.T. Wyman notched a goal and an assist in a first start performance. Aaron Gagnon scored both goals for St. John’s and Eddie Pasquale stopped 31-of-35 shots in the loss.
INJURY REPORT: F John Albert saw his hard-luck season continue after breaking his hand blocking a shot last Friday night. Albert was making his return to the lineup after missing the previous 14 contests with an upper body injury, and has missed 34 of the IceCaps’ 60 games this season. Also injured: F Jason King (head), F Hunter Tremblay (head), F Ivan Telegin (head), and F Ryan Schnell (lower body).
QUICK HITS: Aaron Gagnon extended his point streak to five games (4G, 2A) with his two-goal performance last Saturday. Gagnon has 10 points (5G, 5A) since returning to the lineup after missing 15 games with a knee injury… Ben Maxwell has six points in his last seven games (2G, 4A)… F Tomas Kubalik led Springfield with 24 G and 53 PTS during his rookie season in 2010-11. The 6-3 forward had 14 G and 20 PTS in 54 games with the Falcons this season before being acquired by the IceCaps last Sunday… Newly acquired D Patrick Cullity was teammates with F Kael Mouillierat earlier this season with Idaho (ECHL) and played with D Josh Godfrey in 2010-11 with South Carolina (ECHL). Cullity also teamed with G Mark Dekanich last season in Springfield… In their last series at Mile One on Nov. 21 and 22, the IceCaps and Bulldogs combined for just seven goals in total… St. John’s is 6-6-0-1 vs. Hamilton all-time…. F Ray Sawada recorded an IceCaps’ season-high eight shots on goal in the last meeting with the Bulldogs on Feb. 26.
TRANSACTIONS: MAR 13: Winnipeg (NHL) recalls F Patrice Cormier and G Eddie Pasquale from St. John’s | MAR 10: Winnipeg acquires F Tomas Kubalik from Columbus (NHL) for F Spencer Machacek; St. John’s acquires D Patrick Cullity from Springfield (AHL) for future considerations
RECENT ACTION: MAR 10: GR 4 HAM 1 | The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-1 last Sunday evening at Copps Coliseum. Gustav Nyquist scored a goal and added two assists and Riley Sheahan notched the game-winner. Michael Blunden scored the lone Bulldogs’ goal while Robert Mayer faced a barrage of shots, making 44 saves on 48 shots.
QUICK HITS: The Montreal Canadiens announced Wednesday that F Blake Geoffrion has retired from professional hockey due to his current health condition, which has shown no significant improvement since he underwent surgery last November 10. Geoffrion, 25, suffered a depressed skull fracture on November 9, 2012 in an AHL game between the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Syracuse Crunch at the Bell Centre… D Jason DeSantis, acquired by the Bulldogs from the San Antonio Rampage on Jan. 3, spent 2011-12 with the IceCaps, playing in 66 games and notching 43 points (11G, 32A)… Bulldogs G Dustin Tokarski, acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for G Cedrick Desjardins on Feb. 14, took a loss in his only game vs. St. John’s this season. Tokarski allowed three goals on just 18 shots in 25:36 before being assessed a game misconduct for his part in an altercation with IceCaps G Eddie Pasquale on Jan. 26… All-time, the Bulldogs have scored just 2.17 goals per game in six contests vs. the IceCaps at Mile One Centre… Hamilton is just 8-17-0-3 on the road.
TRANSACTIONS: MAR 13: Montreal reassigns D Greg Pateryn to Hamilton, recalls D Jarred Tinordi
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