Game Day: IceCaps look to exact revenge against Bruins
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The St. John’s IceCaps (8-9-0-1) host the Providence Bruins (7-7-0-1) Sunday at Mile One Centre, the third meeting between the teams this season. Providence leads the season series with a 2-0-0-0 record.
Netminder Niklas Svedberg made 31 saves and stopped all five IceCaps in the shootout as the Providence Bruins slipped past the St. John’s IceCaps 3-2 Saturday night at Mile One Centre. Ryan Spooner scored once in regulation and added the only goal in the shootout to pace the Bruins offensively. Eddie Pasquale was under fire for the second consecutive start, making 38 saves. Zach Redmond had a goal and an assist for the IceCaps while Jason Jaffray notched the tying goal on the power play late in the third.
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… In three career games vs. Providence, G Eddie Pasquale has posted a 2-0-1 record with a 0.96 GAA and a .972 SV%… The IceCaps are 1-2-0-0 in Sunday games this season… St. John’s is just 2-5-0-0 against the Atlantic Division this season… Krystin Pellerin and Lynda Boyd of the CBC-TV hit series Republic of Doyle sang the national anthems prior to Saturday’s game… F Eric O’Dell missed his second consecutive game after suffering an injury in Tuesday night’s affair with the Hamilton Bulldogs… Forwards Ray Sawada (lower body) and Jason King (undisclosed) also missed Saturday’s game with injuries. Sawada missed the first nine games of the season with a non-related injury while 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… Head coach Keith McCambridge dressed 11 forwards and seven defencemen Saturday… Today’s game was moved to 6:00 p.m. (from 4:00) due to the predicted congestion in downtown St. John’s during the afternoon as a result of the annual Santa Claus Parade.
STREAKS, MILESTONES and LEADERS
D Zach Redmond ranks tied for fifth in shots on goal (52) amongst all AHL defencemen… Eric O’Dell, who has missed the last two games, is currently riding a four-game point streak (1G, 4A), the longest streak by an IceCaps player this season… D Paul Postma saw his three-game assist streak come to an end in last night’s loss… F Jason Jaffray has five points (1G, 4A) and a +4 rating in his last four contests… G Eddie Pasquale has faced 86 shots combined in his last two starts… Saturday’s game marked the 49th consecutive regular season sellout at Mile One and 57th overall, including playoffs… For the first time this season, the IceCaps lost the first game of a home series… The shootout loss was the first at home in team history.
ROOKIE RUNNING WITH THE JOB
Bruins rookie G Niklas Svedberg has taken the number one job with his impressive play this season. The undrafted free agent, who was signed by Boston (NHL) to an entry level contract back on May 29, is 7-3-0 with a 2.13 goals against average, good for ninth in the AHL and first among all rookie netminders. The Sollentuna, Sweden native notched his first professional shutout against the IceCaps on Nov. 4 in a 3-0 win at Providence and made 31 saves in last night’s victory.
Of the 25 players on the Bruins’ roster, more than half (13) are products of the NCAA. Fifteen players are American-born… D Garnet Exelby skated in his 700th career professional game on Nov. 16… F Chris Bourque recorded his 400th professional point on Oct. 27 vs. Connecticut… F Trent Whitfield has played in 769 career AHL games and a total of 982 professional games… F Ryan Spooner ranks 15th in rookie scoring with 12 points (4G, 8A)… Providence is 5-3-0-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season.
TWO FOR THE SHOW
Bruins’ assistant coach Kevin Dean is one of only four players to have won a Calder Cup (AHL Champion) and Stanley Cup (NHL Champion) in the same season. Dean was a First Team All-Star in 1994-95 with Albany (AHL) and also played in 17 regular season and three playoff games with New Jersey (NHL), enough to have his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup. The other three players were Bill Nyrop, Rick Chartraw and Pierre Mondou, who won Calder Cups with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs and Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens in 1976 and 1977.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Five players on the Bruins have fathers who played in the NHL: Max Sauve (Jean-Francois), Chris Bourque (Ray), Lane McDermid (Paul), Christian Hanson (Dave) and Justin Courtnall (Geoff).
WIN A SPECIAL MILITARY JERSEY!
Military Appreciation Night was on Friday, November 16, during which the IceCaps wore special military-themed jerseys. Six of these jerseys will be available in a special ticket draw during the current six-game home stand.
Fans can purchase tickets on the main concourse for $2 each or three for $5, with the prize draws taking place during the final game of the home stand on Sunday, Nov. 25.
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!