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Game Day: IceCaps vs. Bruins Posted by IceCaps on

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The IceCaps open up the 2013-14 AHL season Friday when they host the Providence Bruins for the first of two games at Mile One Centre. It is the first of eight meetings between the teams this season.

PRESEASON: St. John’s wrapped up a three-game series with the Syracuse Crunch Sunday, ending the exhibition slate with a 3-2 victory. Despite the win, the IceCaps lost the Mary’s Cup exhibition series for the second straight year after dropping the first two games by scores of 5-2 and 1-0 (Clarenville).

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps and Bruins met four times in 2012-13 with each team winning twice but St. John’s taking an extra point by virtue of a shootout loss. The IceCaps tied a franchise record for largest margin of victory with a 6-0 win at Mile One on Nov. 25. In the four meetings, the IceCaps allowed a total of just five goals while scoring 12. St. John’s is 5-1-1-1 all-time versus Providence and 3-0-0-1 at home.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (returning players):
STJ: Zach Redmond 3 PTS (1G, 2A) | Jason Jaffray 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | John Albert 1 PT (1G) | Eddie Pasquale (1-1-1, 1.63 GAA)
PRO: Ryan Spooner 3 PTS (1G, 1A) | Carter Camper 1 PT (1G) | Craig Cunningham 1 PTS (1A) | Niklas Svedberg (2-1-0, 2.59 GAA)

FACING THE FORMER MATES: F Kyle MacKinnon, who signed with St. John’s in the offseason, spent the past three seasons with Providence. The native of Walnut, CA recorded 28 goals and 52 points with a plus-33 rating in 142 games with the Bruins. G Michael Hutchinson, who also signed with the IceCaps in the offseason but was reassigned to Ontario (ECHL), was a former Boston Bruins draft pick in 2008 (3rd round, 77th overall) and had spent his entire pro career in the Bruins organization before leaving at the end of last season.

ALL-STAR CONNECTION: St. John’s and Providence are the two most current AHL All-Star Classic hosts (past and future). Providence hosted the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic at Dunkin’ Donuts Center last season, while St. John’s was awarded the 2014 event, which will take place at Mile One Centre February 11-12. This year’s game will take on an international flavour, as a team of AHL All-Stars will face off against Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League.

TRANSACTIONS: OCT 4: St. John’s signs D Cody Lampl, D Jordan Hill and D Travis Ehrhardt to PTOs; reassigns G Michael Hutchinson to Ontario (ECHL) | SEP 30: Winnipeg (NHL) reassigns C Patrice Cormier and D Zach Redmond to St. John’s (AHL); St. John’s reassigns F Zach O’Brien and F Yasin Cisse to Ontario (ECHL).

QUICK HITS: Five rookies appear on the IceCaps roster to start the season: forwards J.C. Lipon, Adam Lowry and Austen Brassard; defenceman Brenden Kichton; and goaltender Jussi Olkinuora. Lowry and Olkinuora finished last season with St. John’s while Lipon, Brassard and Kichton are making their professional debuts tonight… St. John’s added veteran leadership and scoring when they signed forwards Andrew Gordon and Jerome Samson. Gordon, a former All-Star and two-time Calder Cup champion, has notched 267 points in 349 career AHL games and has appeared in 55 NHL contest. Samson, also a former All-Star, is a five-time 20-goal scorer who scored 37 goals and 78 points in 2009-10 with Albany… Gritty winger Blair Riley, signed to a contract during the summer, played in 74 of 76 games for Bridgeport last season racking up 165 penalty minutes, the 15th highest total in the AHL. The IceCaps’ record for most penalty minutes in a season is held by Garth Murray (112 in 2011-12)… The IceCaps and Bruins will play five times in a three week span between Jan. 24 and Feb. 14.

RECENT ACTION: SEP 28 (Preseason): PRO 3 WOR 1 | The Bruins won their final pre-season game 3-1 over the Worcester Sharks last Saturday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Bruins got goals from Wayne Simpson, Zach Trotman, and Mike Moore, while Malcolm Subban stopped 25 of 26 shots.

TRANSACTIONS: OCT 3: Providence signs D Ben Youds to a standard player contract

SUPER SWEDE: G Niklas Svedberg was the recipient of a slew of AHL honours in his rookie season including the Baz Bastien Trophy for the league’s top goaltender, after posting a 37-8-2 record with a 2.17 GAA and a .925 SV%. Svedberg was also chosen to play in the AHL All-Star Game in Providence and was selected to the AHL’s First All-Star Team and All-Rookie Team.

QUICK HITS: The Bruins were the recipient of the MacGregor Kilpatrick Trophy in 2012-13 as the regular season points champion with 105. Providence has won nine straight regular season games coming into Friday’s tilt… G Malcolm Subban is the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens and reigning Norris Trophy winning defenceman P.K. Subban.

Listen to every IceCaps game this season online at 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 watch 29 home games live on Rogers TV in Newfoundland and listen on the radio at 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador. And, watch all the games streaming live online at!

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