Game Day: IceCaps vs. Bruins
The St. John’s IceCaps (8-9-0-0) host the Providence Bruins (6-7-0-1) Saturday at Mile One Centre, the second meeting between the teams this season.
The IceCaps visited the Bruins back on Nov. 4 and were shut out 3-0. Bobby Robins scored just 22 seconds into the game and Niklas Svenberg made 18 saves in the victory. Eddie Pasquale was peppered with 38 shots and kept St. John’s in the game, making 35 saves in total as the IceCaps played their third game in as many days.
ICECAPS RECENT ACTION
The IceCaps got a terrific effort from goaltender Mark Dekanich but dropped a 2-1 decision to the Hamilton Bulldogs Wednesday night, forcing yet another split of home games for the IceCaps at Mile One Centre. Steve Quailer scored the eventual game-winner with less than 30 seconds to go in the second period on a weird bounce off the glass and Cedrick Desjardins made 29 saves. Dekanich made 23 saves for St. John’s while Carl Klingberg scored the team’s lone goal.
BRUINS LAST GAME
David Ullstrom posted two goals and an assist, and 13 different Sound Tigers recorded at least one point as Bridgeport defeated Providence 6-2 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center last Sunday. David Warsofsky had a goal and an assist for the Bruins.
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… G Eddie Pasquale started two games vs. Providence last season (both at Mile One) and recorded wins in both, including a 2-0 shutout of the Bruins on Feb. 7 and a 36-save performance the following night… D Paul Postma led St. John’s with four points (2G, 2A) in four games vs. Providence last season… The IceCaps are 3-3-0-0 in Saturday games this season… St. John’s is just 2-4-0-0 against the Atlantic Division this season.
STREAKS, MILESTONES and LEADERS
G Eddie Pasquale set a club record Tuesday night for saves in a game with 45, celebrating his 22nd birthday by picking up first star honours. It was the first 40+ save performance by an IceCaps goaltender in team history during the regular season… D Zach Redmond ranks fourth in shots on goal (48) amongst all AHL defencemen… Eric O’Dell (1G, 4A) is currently riding a four-game point streak, the longest streak by an IceCaps player this season… D Paul Postma has a three-game assist streak… F Carl Klingberg has four points (2G, 2A) in his last five games after going pointless in his previous seven contests… Wednesday’s game marked the 48th consecutive regular season sellout at Mile One and 56th overall, including playoffs.
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 6-3-0 with a 2.17 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.
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 11 points (3G, 9A)… Providence is 4-3-0-1 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.
Providence’s power play has been much stronger on the road this season than when at home. Away from Dunkin’ Donuts Center, the Bruins rank sixth with the man advantage, scoring at a 22.6% clip. At home, the club ranks just 19th with just six goals in 40 chances (15.0%).
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!