Game Day: IceCaps host Monarchs
Puck drop: 7:30 PM NT
Listen Live: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM
Watch: Rogers TV, AHL Live
Beginning Friday night, the St. John’s IceCaps (23-30-1-2, 49 PTS) host the Manchester Monarchs (24-24-3-3, 54 PTS) for the second two-game series between the teams at Mile One Centre this season. Manchester swept the previous series back in early January with back-to-back 3-2 victories.
ICECAPS LAST GAME: 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 Hamilton Bulldogs Tuesday night at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum. Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu collected a pair of goals to pace the Bulldogs and was the game’s first star.
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: FEB 16: STJ 5 MCH 3 The IceCaps rebounded from an early 2-0 deficit to down the Monarchs 5-3 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. Carl Klingberg, Aaron Gagnon, Patrice Cormier, Spencer Machacek and Jason Jaffray (into an empty net) scored for the IceCaps, who snapped a five-game losing streak. | FEB 15: MCH 5 STJ 2 The IceCaps lost their fifth straight game in a 5-2 loss to the Monarchs at Verizon Wireless Arena. Brandon Kozun potted two goals including the game-winner, while Tyler Toffoli also had a pair for Manchester. Martin Jones made 22 saves for his second win against the IceCaps this season. Eric O’Dell notched a goal and an assist for St. John’s, while Jason Jaffray picked up a power play tally. | JAN 5: MCH 3 STJ 2 (OT) | JAN 4: MCH 3 STJ 2 | NOV 7: MCH 4 STJ 1
STJ: Jason Jaffray 5 PTS (2G, 3A) | Carl Klingberg 4 PTS (3G, 1A) | Eric O’Dell 4 PTS (1G, 3A) | Mark Dekanich 0-3-0, 4.06 GAA
MCH: Tyler Toffoli 7 PTS (5G, 2A) | Brandon Kozun 6 PTS (6G) | Linden Vey 6 PTS (6A) | Peter Mannino (2-0-0, 1.46 GAA)
INJURY REPORT: F Jason King (head), F Hunter Tremblay (head), F Ivan Telegin (head), and F Ryan Schnell (lower body).
QUICK HITS: F Ben Maxwell has a three-game point streak (2G, 2A) since being a healthy scratch for two games… F Kael Mouillierat had seven points (1G, 6A) in two games last week and has climbed to third in team scoring with 25 points… F Eric O’Dell’s hat trick on Feb. 20 at CT was the first IceCaps’ hat trick since O’Dell’s three-goal performance on Apr. 7, 2012 vs. SPR. O’Dell has seven points (4G, 3A) in his last six games… The IceCaps have scored three goals or more in five of their last seven games and four or more in three of their last five contests… STJ is 5-9-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division… The IceCaps are 6-5-0-1 on Friday nights this season, better than any other night of the week… F Norm Ezekiel wore number nine in his AHL debut Tuesday night but has switched to 13. . Last season, Ezekiel played for the Barrie Colts (OHL) with IceCaps F Ivan Telegin, Winnipeg Jets prospect F Mark Scheifele, and Manchester Monarchs F Tanner Pearson… St. John’s is 6-6-1-0 vs. MCH all-time… In the first of back-to-back games this season, the IceCaps are 9-10-0-2.
TRANSACTIONS: Mar. 1: St. John’s (AHL) signs D Josh Godfrey to a PTO | Feb. 27: St. John’s reassigns G Chris Carrozzi to Ontario (ECHL) | Feb. 27: Winnipeg (NHL) recalls D Derek Meech from St. John’s | Feb. 27: Winnipeg reassigns G Eddie Pasquale and D Julian Melchiori to St. John’s | Feb. 22: Winnipeg recalls D Julian Melchiori from St. John’s | Feb. 19: St. John’s recalls F Norm Ezekiel from Colorado (ECHL)
RECENT ACTION: FEB 24: POR 4 MCH 3 (OT) | The Manchester Monarchs earned five-of-six points on the weekend but could not grab the sixth as they fell to the Portland Pirates, 4-3, in overtime in game nine of the VIP Cup, presented by VIP Parts, Tires and Service, at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Sunday afternoon.
QUICK HITS: F Brandon Kozun has five multi-point games in his last six games… F Tyler Toffoli saw his five-game point streak (5-3-8) snapped in last Sunday’s loss… D Matt Case made his Monarchs debut last Sunday… Former IceCaps G Peter Mannino is 2-0-0 with a 1.46 GAA and a .944 SV% vs. STJ this season… Forwards Linden Vey, Brandon Kozun and Tyler Toffoli have combined for 19 points in five games vs. STJ this year… D Chris Huxley participated in the IceCaps’ training camp in Corner Brook back in October… F Andy Andreoff scored his first professional goal with the Monarchs in a 4-2 victory against the St. John’s IceCaps on April 15, 2012… F Brian O’Neill made his professional debut against the St. John’s IceCaps on March 17, 2012.
TRANSACTIONS: FEB 27: MCH (AHL) signs F Ian O’Connor and F Kris Belan to PTOs | FEB 22: MCH signs F Hunter Bishop and D Matt Case to PTOs; loans D Matthew Register to Ontario (ECHL)
LISTEN TO EVERY ICECAPS GAME LIVE
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