Hellebuyck Spectacular with 50-Save Shutout Posted by Dave Salter on
St. John’s blanks Worcester 2-0
Connor Hellebuyck posted a team-record 50 saves as the St. John’s IceCaps shut out the Worcester Sharks 2-0 Saturday night at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.
Jason Jaffray with his sixth goal of the season and Chase Balisy with his 14th, scored for the game’s only goals.
The IceCaps took advantage of a five-minute elbowing penalty to the Sharks’ Jimmy Bonneau early in the contest by sniping a pair of powerplay goals.
Jaffray opened scoring at 14:01, wiring a wrist shot from the top of the left face-off circle past Sharks goalie Troy Grosenick. John Albert and Keaton Ellerby were awarded assists.
Balisy made it 2-0 when he walked in from the corner unmolested and found the back of the net at 14:39. Scott Kosmachuck and Brenden Kichton picked up helpers.
The IceCaps’ next action is at home, March 6th and 7th vs. the Albany Devils. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers (8:30 p.m. NST) at www.stjohnsicecaps.com, 930AM and www.ahllive.com. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before puck drop. Tickets are available at the Mile One Centre Box Office, by phone at 576-7657 or online at www.mileoncentre.com.
Notes | Not dressed: Kyle MacKinnon, Ben Walker, Jordan Hill, Patrick Holland, Ryan Parent, Peter Budaj… St. John’s went 2-for-6 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill… St. John’s was outshot 50-22… Michael Hutchinson previously held the IceCaps record with 49 saves in a game… Scott Kosmachuk extended his point streak to six games (4G, 3A)… John Albert has points in five straight (2G, 4A)… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Hellebuyck 2. Balisy 3. Jaffray… IceCaps Hardest Working Player: Julian Melchiori.