Game Preview: IceCaps at Whale Posted by IceCaps on
St. John’s to begin daunting three-game weekend
Fresh off a big win over the previously unbeaten Worcester Sharks earlier this week, the St. John’s IceCaps travel to Hartford to face the Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers) Friday night at the XL Center.
Kevin Clark scored a pair of goals including the game-winner as the IceCaps defeated the Sharks 6-3 in Worcester Tuesday night. St. John’s scored two goals in the opening five minutes on the powerplay and never looked back.
The IceCaps will be without defencemen Brett Festerling and Mark Flood for the foreseeable future after both were recalled by the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. In 11 games, Festerling recorded four points (1g, 3a) and was a +1 with six penalty minutes. Flood was tied for second in team scoring with seven points (1g, 6a) and was a +4 with four minutes in penalties.
The IceCaps have enjoyed a strong start to their inaugural season and sit tied atop the Eastern Conference with 15 points. St. John’s has recorded at least one point in nine of their first 11 games and have scored 37 goals in the process, tied for second in the AHL.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Division leading Connecticut Whale has recorded a point in each of its last nine contests after dropping its season opener in Adirondack on October 8th. The Whale has been the beneficiary of a balance scoring attack; John Mitchell, Kris Newbury and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault are all tied for the team lead with eight points.
Connecticut also boasts a pair of goaltenders with impressive numbers. Chad Johnson and Cameron Talbot have each won three games in five starts, with Johnson’s 1.69 GAA tied for second in the AHL. On Wednesday, Johnson was named Reebok/AHL Goaltender of the Month for his efforts in October.
Like the IceCaps, the Whale have also lost several players in recent days to its parent club. Winger Andre Deveaux was recalled by the Rangers on Sunday while Sean Avery was cleared re-entry waivers and was recalled on Thursday.
Friday’s meeting is the first of the season between St. John’s and Connecticut. The two teams will meet for a two game series on November 12th and 13th at Mile One Centre in St. John’s.
Catch all the action with Brian Rogers on 930 AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador and online at www.stjohnsicecaps.com. The pregame show begins at 8:00 p.m. with the drop of the puck scheduled for 8:30 (all times Newfoundland).