Gameday: IceCaps at Penguins
Puck drop: 8:35 PM NT
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The St. John’s IceCaps (18-20-1-2, 39 points) carry a four-game point streak into Mohegan Sun Arena when they face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (19-17-2-1) Wednesday night. The IceCaps have climbed to 12th in the Eastern Conference, just three points behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the eighth and final playoff spot. St. John’s is 2-2-1-0 all-time vs. the Penguins.
SEASON SERIES (WBS 1-0)
Dec. 1: WBS 5 STJ 3
The IceCaps dropped a 5-3 decision to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Dec. 1 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, to finish their three-game road trip with a 2-1-0-0 record. Dylan Reese scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Penguins to victory. Jason Jaffray led St. John’s with a goal and two assists and was named the Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player for his efforts in the game.
LAST TIME OUT
Jan. 21: STJ 3 BNG 2
The IceCaps came away with a big 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 once again, making 32 saves for his 11th victory of the season. Jason Jaffray extended his scoring streak to four games with his assist in the first period as the IceCaps won their second straight and extended their point streak to four games.
The IceCaps fired 21 shots on goal in the third period in Monday’s 3-2 win over BNG, just one shy of their season high of 22 set on Nov. 17 vs. ALB. The franchise record is 23, set on Feb. 11, 2012 vs. BNG… Monday’s comeback marked the third time this season the IceCaps have won when trailing after two periods. The club had just two wins all of last season in the same situation… STJ is 1-5 in Wednesday games this season… The IceCaps’ have won their last two games by a single goal. The team is 14-5-1-2 in one-goal games.
Injured: Jason King (head), Shawn Weller (finger), Hunter Tremblay (concussion-like symptoms), Aaron Gagnon (undisclosed), Mark Dekanich (hamstring), Ivan Telegin (undisclosed).
STREAKS and LEADERS
F Jason Jaffray has a four-game point streak (1G, 4A) heading into Wednesday night’s game… G Eddie Pasquale has not lost in regulation time in his last four starts and has allowed two goals or fewer in each of those outings… Since being returned from Winnipeg F Max Macenauer has a point in consecutive games (1G, 1A)… The IceCaps have not allowed a power play tally in the last two contests and have successfully killed 14 of their last 15 times shorthanded.
Jan. 21: WBS 2 HER 1
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins rallied for a 2-1 overtime victory over the Hershey Bears at the 2013 Capital BlueCross AHL Outdoor Classic as Paul Thompson netted the game-winner at 1:19 of the extra session. Jeff Zatkoff stopped 24-of-25 shots in the victory.
The Penguins have won four straight overall and three straight at home, having not lost at Mohegan Sun Arena since a New Year’s Eve matchup against the Syracuse Crunch. As per the Penguins Weekly Release, the club has allowed just nine goals in their last seven contests (1.29 goals per game)… F Riley Holzapfel spent part of last season with the IceCaps. The 24-year old Regina native notched 15 points (8G, 7A) and was a +7 in 29 games with St. John’s before being traded to Syracuse (Anaheim) for F Max Macenauer. In 39 games this season, Holzapfel leads the club with 25 points (11G, 14A)… G Jeff Zatkoff’s 2.16 GAA ranks sixth in the AHL…F Beau Bennett is 13th in rookie scoring with 24 points (6G, 18A)… Rookie winger Bobby Farnham leads all freshmen in penalty minutes (118) and is tied for the most major penalties (10).
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.
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