Game Day: IceCaps vs. Sharks
Puck drop: 7:30 PM NT
Listen Live: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM
Watch: Rogers TV, AHL Live
The St. John’s IceCaps (21-22-1-2, 45 PTS) host their divisional rivals the Worcester Sharks (20-18-1-5, 46 PTS) Tuesday in the first of two games at Mile One Centre.
SEASON SERIES (STJ 1-0): Nov. 3: STJ 3 WOR 2 | Paul Postma snapped a shot past Harry Sateri to give the IceCaps a 3-2 overtime victory over the Worcester Sharks at the DCU Center. Postma, in just his second game of the season, took a pass from Jason King at the top of the faceoff circle and fired a shot past Sateri for the game winner. King had done yeoman’s work digging for the puck before getting it to Postma. Jason Jaffray was also awarded an assist on the game-winner. Mark Dekanich stopped 16 shots for the victory. FULL RECAP
St. John’s: Max Macenauer 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | John Albert 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Ray Sawada 2 PTS (2A) | Mark Dekanich 1-0-0, 1.85 GAA
Worcester: Taylor Doherty 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Travis Oleksuk 1 PT (1G) | James Livingston 1 PT (1A) | Harri Sateri 0-1-0, 2.78 GAA
LAST GAME: STJ 1 BNG 0 | The IceCaps rode strong defensive play to a 1-0 triumph over the Binghamton Senators Saturday at Mile One Centre to sweep the two-game series. Eric O’Dell scored the game’s only goal on a second period power play while Eddie Pasquale stopped all 24 shots he faced for his fourth shutout of the season. Robin Lehner made 29 saves in the Binghamton net but was saddled with the loss for the second consecutive night. With the victory, the IceCaps extended their home winning streak to a season-high three games and completed a two-game sweep at Mile One Centre for the first time this season. FULL RECAP
QUICK HITS: Former IceCaps Zach Redmond and Paul Postma reached significant NHL milestones this past week with the Winnipeg Jets. Redmond suited up in his first NHL game last Thursday at FLA and played nearly 21 minutes, finishing with three shots and a +1 rating. The Michigan native then played 20:11 Friday at TB, finishing with an even plus/minus rating despite the Jets allowing eight goals in a loss. Postma notched his first NHL goal (a power play tally) in that same game and added two assists for his first career multi-point effort, factoring in on all three WPG goals… St. John’s and its two opponents this week – Worcester and Connecticut – are separated by just one point in the standings. WOR (46) sits a point ahead of both STJ and CT (45) but with two fewer games played. The IceCaps have tangled with the Sharks and Whale just once each this season, coming away victorious with overtime wins in both games… STJ is 6-3 all-time vs. WOR but just 1-3 at Mile One Centre… STJ set a team record for most penalty minutes in a game almost one year ago to the day against WOR. On Feb. 4, 2012, STJ recorded 48 minutes in penalties, while the teams combined for 112, both IceCaps franchise highs… F Ben Maxwell had seven points (1G, 6A) in six games vs. WOR last season… G Eddie Pasquale was a perfect 4-0 vs. WOR last season and posted a 1.75 GAA with a .941 SV%.
INJURY REPORT: F Hunter Tremblay returned to action this past weekend after a lengthy layoff with concussion-like symptoms. Tremblay had missed 26 consecutive games and 31 in total. F John Albert (upper body) re-aggravated a prior injury and missed both games against the Senators. Also injured: Jason King (head), Aaron Gagnon (undisclosed), Shawn Weller (finger), and Ivan Telegin (undisclosed).
STREAKS and LEADERS: F Eric O’Dell has three goals in his last two games, including a power play goal in two straight. O’Dell scored the game-winner in both games against BNG this past weekend and has now scored six goals on his current four-game home scoring streak. O’Dell’s 22.6% shooting percentage ranks eighth in the AHL while his five first goals are tied for second in the league… G Eddie Pasquale has started 10 straight games for St. John’s and 11-of-12 since the calendar turned to 2013. During that span, Pasquale is 6-3-1 and has allowed more than three goals in a game just once. The Toronto native has won five of his last six decisions and is now 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .957 SV% to begin the month. Last season, Pasquale’s best month was February, when he compiled six wins, a 1.58 GAA and a .936 SV%.
RECENT ACTION: Feb. 2: PRO 2 WOR 0 | The Worcester Sharks fell to the division rival Providence Bruins 2-0 on Saturday evening in front of 7,966 fans at the DCU Center. The game marked the annual Pink in the Rink game, benefitting the Cup Crusaders. Niklas Svedberg made 26 saves on 26 shots for Providence while Alex Stalock made 23 saves on 24 shots for Worcester. The Sharks went 0-for-3 on the power play, while Providence also went 0-for-3. Taylor Doherty (inj), Sena Acolatse (inj), Yanni Gourde (scr), Mike Brennan (scr), Mike Banwell (inj), and Jimmy Bonneau (inj) did not dress for Worcester.
QUICK HITS: The Sharks have lost three straight games and eight of their last nine overall, including three in a shootout. Worcester is just 2-5-0-3 in its last 10 games… D Matt Tennyson is fourth in power play assists (11) amongst all AHL rookies… Worcester is 13-9-1-3 vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season… G Harri Sateri started three-of-four matchups at Mile One Centre last season, winning twice. However, in five starts vs. STJ overall, Sateri allowed three goals or more in all but one outing… Sateri’s 50 saves on Dec. 2 in a 3-2 shootout win over PRO are tied for a single-game high in the AHL this season… Among active Sharks players who played with the club last season vs. STJ, F John McCarthy led his team with five points (1G, 4A) in five games played… The Sharks have allowed three shorthanded goals on the road this season, 10th most in the AHL… WOR is 0-1 in its only Tuesday game this season… F Tim Kennedy had a six-game road scoring streak from Nov. 14 to Dec. 9 during which he scored eight goals… The Sharks are tied with the Binghamton Senators for the most major penalties in a single game with eight.
Feb. 2: SJ (NHL) re-assigns D Nick Petrecki to WOR (AHL)
Feb. 1: WOR (AHL) signs D Denny Urban to an AHL contract
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