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Game Day: IceCaps, Pirates collide Posted by IceCaps on

Dekanich and O'Neill

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The IceCaps (29-34-2-4, 64 PTS) host the Portland Pirates (38-26-3-2, 81 PTS) Tuesday at Mile One Centre in an Atlantic Division battle.

LAST GAME: APR 6: TOR 4 STJ 2 | The IceCaps dropped their second straight against the Toronto Marlies Saturday night in a 4-2 loss at Mile One Centre. Despite a late push, the IceCaps fell short in the end in suffering their 18th loss on home ice this season. Eric O’Dell had two goals, pushing his team-lead to 28, while Eddie Pasquale provided a solid effort between the pipes for St. John’s, making 31 saves. Spencer Abbott notched the winner for Toronto and Garret Sparks made 23 saves in his first professional start to capture the victory.

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 Saturday night. 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 5 PTS (4G, 1A) | x Aaron Gagnon 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | Jason Gregoire 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | Eddie Pasquale (1-2-0, 3.47 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), Tomas Kubalik (undisclosed), Richard Petiot (undisclosed).

TRANSACTIONS: 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 has 15 goals and 11 assists for 26 points in his last 15 games and 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 his 50 points are tied for a franchise season-high with Spencer Machacek, who had 50 last season. The Ottawa native has a two-game goal streak (3G, 1A) since seeing his franchise record six-game goal streak come to an end… D Ben Chiarot has provided offence from the back end over the last four games, recording an assist in each outing with a +2 rating overall… F Adam Lowry made his pro debut last weekend, suiting up in both games… F Kael Mouillierat is riding a three-game point streak (1G, 3A) and has points in five of his last six games (2G, 5A)… St. John’s is 0 for its last 8 on the power play. When the IceCaps score with the man advantage they are 21-14-0-4… The IceCaps are 3-3-0-0 vs. Portland at Mile One Centre during the past two seasons… St. John’s has played just five Tuesday night contests, going 2-3-0-0 during those games… Despite their 5-2 record in overtime games this season, just one has come on home ice – Oct. 23 vs. Portland (8-7)… Versus the Atlantic Division, the IceCaps are 8-11-1-2 this season.


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 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; | APR 2: PHX reassigns F Matt Clackson to POR

QUICK HITS: Portland’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is seven points… The Pirates clinched the first ever VIP Cup with a 4-2 win over the Manchester Monarchs last week. The VIP is awarded to the winner of the season series between the Pirates and Monarchs, which Portland won with a 7-5 record… F Andy Miele had three points last weekend to run his point streak to four games (4G, 4A)… F Justin Feser tallied his first professional point, an assist, in his first game last Friday night… 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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