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Game Day: IceCaps visit Whale Posted by IceCaps on

Goal celebration with Machacek and King

Photo: Chris Rutsch

Puck drop: 8:30 PM NT
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The St. John’s IceCaps (22-28-1-2, 47 PTS) travel to Hartford to face the Connecticut Whale (25-21-4-2, 56 PTS) at the XL Center Wednesday night. St. John’s has lost six of its last seven games, while Connecticut enters play on a five-game winning streak.

LAST GAME: Feb. 17: POR 6 STJ 1 | The IceCaps were beaten 6-1 by the Portland Pirates Sunday afternoon at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. Portland scored three times in the first period – a deficit the IceCaps were unable to recover from – and received a solid effort from goaltender Mike Lee, who made 30 saves in the win. Chris Brown led the way with a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner, while Michael Stone had three helpers. Jason Gregoire scored the IceCaps’ lone goal with 30 seconds remaining in regulation time. Chris Carrozzi received his first start of the season for St. John’s and was peppered with 36 shots, finishing with 30 saves in the loss. | RECAP

SEASON SERIES (CT LEADS 2-1-0-0):
Last Meeting (Feb. 10): CT 7 STJ 3 | The IceCaps came out flat falling 7-3 to the Whale in their fourth straight loss at Mile One Centre. Michael Haley scored twice in the first 4:08 of the opening frame as the Whale lead 4-1 after 20 minutes and did not look back. Kris Newbury notched a goal and two assists while Kyle Jean, Jyri Niemi, Andrew Yogan and Mike Vernace had two –point efforts for Connecticut. Cameron Talbot made 25 saves on 28 shots. For St. John’s, Jason Jaffray had two goals, including one on the power play, while Aaron Gagnon recorded two assists in his return to the lineup after missing 15 games with a knee injury. Mark Dekanich started but was pulled after allowing two goals on the first three shots of the game. Eddie Pasquale came on in relief and made 15 saves on 20 shots in taking the loss. | RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS

Other Meetings: (Feb. 9) CT 4 STJ 1 | (Oct. 14) STJ 3 CT 2

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS:
STJ: Jason Jaffray 2 PTS (2G) | Spencer Machacek 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Aaron Gagnon 2 PTS (2A) | Mark Dekanich (1-0-0, 3.75 GAA)
CT: Kris Newbury 5 PTS (2G, 3A) | Michael Haley 4 PTS (3G, 1A) | Christian Thomas 4 PTS (1G, 3A) | Cam Talbot (2-0-0, 2.00 GAA)

O’DELL CLIMBING THE RANKS: F Eric O’Dell has emerged as one of the most dangerous IceCaps in the New Year. In his last 18 games, O’Dell has notched 15 points, including eight goals. O’Dell has already surpassed his 2011-12 totals (12G, 10A, 22PTS in 39 games) in three fewer games and will finish the season with new career highs in goals, assists and points.

GOALS STILL FLOWING FOR JAFFS: After two multi-goal games in the final four games of the IceCaps’ most recent home stand, Jason Jaffray has continued his torrid pace finding the back of the net. The captain has six goals in his last seven games, and had a three-game scoring streak snapped in Sunday’s loss vs. POR. Three of Jaffray’s last six markers have come with the man advantage.

INJURY REPORT: Derek Meech (head), Ben Chiarot (hip flexor), Jason King (head), John Albert (upper body), Hunter Tremblay (head), and Ivan Telegin (head).

QUICK HITS: F Aaron Gagnon has a mini two-game point streak (1G, 1A) and has four points (1G, 3A) in four games since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for 15 games. Gagnon notched his first goal of the season in Saturday’s win at MCH… G Chris Carrozzi made his first start of the season for St. John’s on Sunday, making 30 saves on 36 shots in the club’s 6-1 loss to the Pirates. On Saturday, Carrozzi was terrific in relief of mark Dekanich, stopping 15-of-16 shots and picking up the win in the IceCaps’ 5-3 comeback win over the Monarchs… The IceCaps are 6-8-0-0 vs. the Northeast Division this season after going 8-2-2-0 last year… STJ has not had success on Wednesday nights, going 1-7-0-0 this season… The Whale has scored 11 goals in their last two games vs. the IceCaps… In seven matchups all-time between the IceCaps and Whale, one of the teams has scored at least four goals on five occasions… STJ leads the all-time series 5-2-0-0.

TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 19: STJ (AHL) recalls F Norm Ezekiel from COL (ECHL) |  Feb. 14: STJ releases F Shawn Weller from PTO | Feb. 13: WPG (NHL) recalls G Eddie Pasquale from STJ; STJ recalls G Chris Carrozzi from ONT (ECHL)

WHALE RECENT ACTION: Feb. 17: CT 3 MCH 2 | Brandon Segal set up two goals, 16 seconds apart, in the third period to help lead the Whale to a 3-2 win over the Manchester Monarchs on Sunday afternoon at the XL Center. Christian Thomas, Steve Eminger and Brandon Mashinter scored for Connecticut, while Jason Missiaen stopped 27 shots for the victory.

TRANSACTIONS: Feb.18: NYR (NHL) recalls F Brandon Mashinter from CT (AHL) | Feb. 16: NYR recall F Chris Kreider from CT | Feb. 13: NYR assign D Steve Eminger to CT

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!

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