Game Day: IceCaps vs. Monarchs
Puck drop: 7:30 PM NT
Listen Live: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930AM
Watch: Rogers TV, AHL Live
The St. John’s IceCaps (15-18-0-1) return home to face the Manchester Monarchs (14-15-2-2) Friday at Mile One Centre, after concluding their recent road trip with a 4-4 record.
NOV. 7: MCH 4 at STJ 1
Brandon Kozun scored twice with the man advantage and Manchester scored three goals on the power play in the win. The IceCaps couldn’t solve former teammate Peter Mannino in the Monarchs net until late in the contest. Mannino stopped 25 of 26 shots in picking up the win in his first start of the season. St. John’s went 0-for-6 on the power play while Alex Burmistrov scored the team’s only marker.
DEC. 31: BNG 4 vs. STJ 2
Four different players scored for the Binghamton Senators as they defeated the St. John’s IceCaps 4-2 in a New Year’s Eve tilt in New York Monday night. Mike Hoffman, Shane Prince, Derek Grant and Mark Stone gave the Senators their 19th victory. For the IceCaps it was Maxime Macenauer scoring early and Paul Postma late, as the club finished its tough eight-game road trip on a losing note.
STJ stayed perfect in overtime this season with last Saturday’s 5-4 triumph at SYR… Also on Saturday, STJ won its first game of the season when trailing after the first period. The club had been 0-10-0-0 previously… The IceCaps have scored five goals or more just three times this season after accomplishing the feat 12 times last season… F Eric O’Dell’s +3 rating last Saturday tied a season-high for an IceCaps player (Spencer Machacek was +3 in a 6-0 win vs. PRO on Nov. 25)… Defencemen Ben Chiarot and Will O’Neill both scored their first goals of the season last Saturday at SYR. O’Neill’s third period marker tied the game and sent it to overtime, where Chiarot notched the game winner. For both players it was their second career goal, with each having scored last season for STJ… STJ was held to its fewest shots on goal in a period (2) in its Nov. 7 matchup with MCH… D Zach Redmond had a team season-high 20 PIMs Nov. 7 at MCH.
Currently injured: Travis Ramsey (hand), Jason King (head), Alex Burmistrov (upper body), John Albert (upper body), Shawn Weller (finger), Hunter Tremblay (concussion-like symptoms), Julian Melchiori (finger), Aaron Gagnon (undisclosed). Ivan Telegin (flu) missed the last three games but appears set to return this weekend.
STREAKS and LEADERS
F Max Macenauer is riding a four-game point streak (1G, 3A). Macenauer’s seven tallies are tied for second on the club… F Kael Mouillierat’s five-game point streak (1G, 5A) was snapped in last Friday’s loss at HAM. The sophomore winger picked up an assist the following night at SYR but was held off the scoresheet again Monday at BNG… D Paul Postma (7G, 10A) and F Jason Jaffray (5G, 12A) have vaulted into a tie for the team scoring lead with D Derek Meech (3G, 14A). Postma notched four goals and 10 points in 13 Dec. games while Jaffray collected eight points (3G, 5A) in just eight contests during the month.
The Manchester Monarchs rallied from a two goal deficit but fell in their annual New Year’s Eve Celebration game to the Worcester Sharks, 3-2, at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Monday night. Sharks F John McCarthy scored with just 1:06 left in regulation time to put Worcester on top for good. F Tanner Pearson had a pair of assists while G Peter Mannino made 15 saves on 18 shots in the loss. F Brandon Kozun and D Thomas Hickey scored for Manchester.
F Andy Andreoff, who was assessed a match penalty for a hit to head on Sharks F Curt Gogol on Dec. 31, was subsequently suspended three games by the league and will miss both games in St. John’s… F Richard Clune ranks fourth in the AHL in major penalties with 14… G Martin Jones’ 13 losses are the second-highest total in the AHL… F Tyler Toffoli is third in goals (14) and seventh in points (23) amongst all AHL rookies. Toffoli also ranks third in power play goals (5) and fourth in shots on goal (97)… D Slava Voynov is second amongst defencemen in shots on goal with 100… Manchester set season highs for power play goals (3) and combined penalty minutes (61) during its meeting with St. John’s back on Nov. 7 at Verizon Wireless Arena.
G Peter Mannino, who began last season with the IceCaps and recorded the franchise’s first ever shutout with a 1-0 blanking of the Monarchs on Oct. 8, 2011, sits fourth in the league in goals-against average (2.09) and tied for fifth in save percentage (.927). Last season, Mannino played in 10 games with St. John’s, posting a 4-5-0 record with a 2.77 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
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!