Game Day: IceCaps wrap up two-game set with Bulldogs
The St. John’s IceCaps (8-8-0-0) host the Hamilton Bulldogs (5-7-1-1) Wednesday at Mile One Centre. This is the second of eight meetings between the teams this season.
The IceCaps went 4-3-0-1 vs. the Bulldogs in 2011-12, including a 2-2-0-0 mark at Mile One Centre. The Bulldogs defeated the IceCaps in their inaugural home opener on Oct. 14, 2011 with a 4-0 shutout. Spencer Machacek and Carl Klingberg led St. John’s with seven points each in the season series and both recorded hat tricks against Hamilton at Mile One on separate occasions.
Eddie Pasquale turned in his best performance of the season, making 45 saves as the St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 Tuesday night at Mile One Centre. Ray Sawada and Derek Meech scored power play goals while Jason Gregoire added an insurance marker in the third period. Meech finished the game with a goal and an assist while Alex Burmistrov notched a pair of helpers. Eric O’Dell picked up an assist in the second period to extend his consecutive point streak to four games, the longest streak by an IceCap this season. FULL RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS
The IceCaps are 6-2-0-0 when scoring first and just 2-6-0-0 when allowing the first goal. Hamilton has scored first just twice in its 14 contests… On Tuesday St. John’s scored two power play goals in a game for the first time since Oct. 23 in the team’s 8-7 overtime win versus the Portland Pirates… Tuesday marked the first time this season the IceCaps have won a game by more than one goal. The team is 7-1-0-0 in one-goal games… F Ray Sawada has scored the game’s opening goal in two of the last three contests, both IceCaps wins.
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 during the regular season… Eric O’Dell (1G, 4A) is currently riding a four-game point streak, the longest streak by an IceCaps player this season… F Jason Gregoire has a goal in consecutive games, the second IceCaps player to do so this season. (Max Macenauer is the other)… D Derek Meech’s second period power play goal Tuesday was his second game-winning goal of the season, good for first on the club….F Jason Jaffray has at least one assist in consecutive games (3A total)… Tuesday’s game marked the 47th consecutive regular season sellout at Mile One and 55th overall, including playoffs.
The Bulldogs have 10 rookies on their roster this season, including leading scorer Brendan Gallagher. The diminutive 20-year-old from Delta, B.C. (he is listed at 5’8), has nine points (6G, 3A) in 14 games. The former fifth round draft choice also brings some sandpaper to his game, ranking second on the team in penalty minutes with 31. Gallagher scored Hamilton’s only goal in Tuesday’s loss.
F Zack Stortini made his professional hockey debut with the Toronto Roadrunners in a game versus the St. John’s Maple Leafs at Mile One Centre on April 9, 2004. His 50 penalty minutes are tops on the Bulldogs and his 31 penalty minutes in last Saturday’s loss to Toronto are the highest single-game total in the AHL this season… F Joonas Nattinen made his AHL debut on Oct. 14, 2011 against the IceCaps and recorded his first goal in the Bulldogs’ 4-0 victory… D Jarred Tinordi is the son of former NHL defenceman Mark Tinordi, who played 12 seasons with Minnesota/Dallas and Washington.
The road has not been kind to the Bulldogs so far. The team is just 1-4-0-1 in its first six games away from Copps Coliseum and is winless in its last five (including last night’s loss), the league’s second longest road winless streak this season.
ATLANTIC CANADIAN ROOTS
Three current Bulldogs players hail from Atlantic Canada. Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins hails from Edmunston, New Brunswick while forward Darryl Boyce and defenceman Morgan Ellis both call P.E.I. home. Boyce was born in Summerside while Ellis comes from Ellerslie.
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!