Game Day: IceCaps vs. Senators
Puck drop: 7:30 PM NT
Listen Live: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM
Watch: Rogers TV, AHL Live
The St. John’s IceCaps (19-22-1-2, 41 PTS) resume play Friday when they host the Eastern Conference leading Binghamton Senators (27-10-1-3, 58 PTS) at Mile One Centre.
SEASON SERIES (Tied 1-1)
Jan. 21: STJ 3 BNG 2
The IceCaps came away with a 3-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators in a rare Monday night game at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Kael Mouillierat and Jason Gregoire scored in the final frame while Eddie Pasquale was sharp, making 32 saves for his 11th victory of the season.
Dec. 31: BNG 4 STJ 2
Four different players scored for the Senators as they defeated the IceCaps 4-2 in a New Year’s Eve tilt in New York. Mike Hoffman, Shane Prince, Derek Grant and Mark Stone (into an empty net) gave the Senators their 19th victory of the season. 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.
For St. John’s, F Max Macenauer has two goals in two games vs. BNG this season, while F Jason Jaffray has two assists. G Eddie Pasquale is 1-1 with a 2.52 GAA and a .917 SV% in two starts.
For Binghamton, Derek Grant has two goals (both shorthanded) while Mark Stone has a goal and an assist vs. STJ. G Ben Bishop and G Nathan Lawson have each started one game, combining for a .929 SV%.
Jan. 26: SYR 6 STJ 3
The IceCaps fell victim to the Syracuse Crunch 6-3 Saturday night in a wild game at Onondaga War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY. Both teams traded blows with goals and fists in a game that saw the teams combine for nine goals and 90 minutes in penalties with three lead changes. Alex Killorn had two goals and an assist, including the game-winner early in the third period, while Richard Panik had a goal and two assists. Mark Barberio and Tyler Johnson each had a pair of helpers for Syracuse. For St. John’s, Kael Mouillierat had a goal and an assist while Patrice Cormier and Dean Arsene scored the other goals.
Despite the difference in record between last season and this season at the All-Star break, the IceCaps have allowed one fewer goal this year (128) compared to last year (129) through 44 games… F Kael Mouillierat was rewarded for his strong play with an AHL contract last Friday. The 25-year-old forward was originally signed to a 25-game tryout contract back in early December but has proven that he belongs at the AHL level, notching 13 points (4G, 9A) in 22 games with St. John’s… G Eddie Pasquale participated in the first fight by an IceCaps goaltender last Saturday night when he squared off against Syracuse’s Dustin Tokarski.
F Hunter Tremblay is expected to return to the lineup this weekend after missing the past 33 games with a concussion. Injured: Jason King (head), Ivan Telegin (undisclosed), Shawn Weller (finger), Aaron Gagnon (undisclosed).
STREAKS and LEADERS
F Patrice Cormier has scored a power play goal in back-to-back games… F Kael Mouillierat has a two-game point streak (1G, 2A)… G Eddie Pasquale’s 27 minutes in penalties last Saturday set a new club record for most penalty minutes by a player in a single game. The previous record was held by Garth Murray, who notched 25 penalty minutes on Feb. 4, 2012 vs. WOR.
Jan. 26: BNG 3 HER 2
The Senators defeated the Hershey Bears in a shootout last Saturday, 3-2, in their second consecutive win of that nature. Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone scored in regulation while Mika Zibanejad, Stephane Da Costa and Jack Downing all beat Bears’ goaltender Dany Sabourin in the shootout. Robin Lehner made 38 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all three Hershey shooters in the shootout.
G Robin Lehner was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 27, 2013. Lehner was 2-0-0 with a 0.92 goals-against average and a .975 save percentage in two starts last week. Lehner’s .948 SV% ranks first amongst all AHL goaltenders while his 1.80 GAA ranks third… F Derek Grant leads the AHL with five shorthanded goals and sits second with five shorthanded points. Two of Grant’s shorthanded markers have come against the IceCaps… D Kyle Bushee, who was just signed to a PTO by the Senators, played in eight games with the IceCaps last season, recording three points (1G, 2A) and six penalty minutes… D Eric Gryba’s +23 rating is good for second in the AHL.
Jan. 31: Binghamton (AHL) recalls F Dustin Gazley and F Darren Kramer from Elmira (ECHL); signs D Kyle Bushee to a PTO
Jan. 28: Ottawa (NHL) recalls F Mika Zibanejad from Binghamton (AHL)
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!