Game Day: IceCaps return to Hamilton
Puck drop: 9:00 PM NT
Listen Live: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930AM
Watch: Sportsnet (all regions), AHL Live
The St. John’s IceCaps (14-16-0-1) return to Hamilton to face the Bulldogs (10-15-1-2) at Copps Coliseum Friday night.
SEASON SERIES: ICECAPS VS. BULLDOGS
St. John’s (29 points, 11th in Eastern Conference) leads the eight-game season series with a 2-1-0-0 record against Hamilton (23 points, 15th in Western Conference). Their last meeting came one week ago on Dec. 21 when the IceCaps edged the Bulldogs 2-1 at Copps Coliseum. Goaltender Mark Dekanich stopped 26 shots and Kael Mouillierat scored the game-winner. Jason Gregoire scored his fifth goal of the season for the IceCaps with the only other tally on a night when all scoring took place in the second period.
D Derek Meech leads St. John’s with three points (1G, 2A) against Hamilton, while the Bulldogs’ Brendan Gallagher also has three points (2G, 1A) versus the IceCaps. G Mark Dekanich has started two of the three matchups, posting an impressive 1.52 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage. The Bulldogs’ Cedric Desjardins has been equally as impressive, sporting a near-identical 1.51 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage in a pair of starts.
LAST TIME OUT
The St. John’s IceCaps dropped a hard-fought 4-2 decision to the Toronto Marlies Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum. Ben Scrivens made 30 saves while Keith Aucoin had a goal and two assists for a first-star performance in the win. For St. John’s, Ray Sawada and Ben Maxwell found the back of the net and Eddie Pasquale made 24 saves. With the loss, the IceCaps finished up their five-game pre-Christmas road trip at 3-2-0-0.
F Ray Sawada has scored the first goal of the game on four occasions this season. St. John’s is 3-1 in those games… Situational records: 8-7-0-0 on the road; 4-2-0-0 in Friday games; 8-4-0-1 in the first of back-to-back games; 9-6-0-1 after a loss and 4-2 after a road loss; 2-2-0-0 vs. the North Division… The IceCaps are just 3-7-0-0 in December, by far the worst mark of any month in team history. The only other month during which St. John’s finished under .500 was last April, when the team went 3-4-0-0. Last December, the IceCaps went 7-3-0-1.
Forwards Patrice Cormier (knee) and Eric O’Dell (lower body) both returned from injury last week… Seven IceCaps are currently on the injured list: Hunter Tremblay (concussion-like symptoms), John Albert (upper body), Travis Ramsey (hand), Jason King (head), Alex Burmistrov (upper body), Julian Melchiori (finger) and Shawn Weller (finger).
STREAKS and LEADERS
F Kael Mouillierat has an IceCaps season-high five-game point streak (1G, 5A). The Edmonton native has seven points (2G, 5A) in just nine games with St. John’s, including four power play points (1G, 3A)… D Derek Meech sits inside the top-20 in scoring amongst AHL defencemen and leads the IceCaps with 17 points (3G, 14A)… D Zach Redmond is third in shots on goal amongst AHL defencemen with 84.
The Bulldogs have lost five straight games, gaining just a single point from a shootout loss during that span. On Wednesday, Mike Kostka scored one goal and added an assist to pace the Toronto Marlies to a 3-2 win over the Bulldogs. Joe Colborne and Keith Aucoin also scored and Matt Frattin earned three assists for the Marlies, who won a third straight game. Goaltender Ben Scrivens faced 21 shots before a Boxing Day matinee crowd of 18,800 at Air Canada Centre. Frederic St-Denis and Nathan Beaulieu scored for the Bulldogs, while Cedrick Desjardins made 30 saves in the Bulldogs net.
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!