IceCaps blank Bruins 4-0
Photo: Alan Sullivan
Dekanich dominant, power play opportunistic in IceCaps second straight win
Mark Dekanich made 40 saves for his first shutout with the St. John’s IceCaps to lift his club to a 4-0 victory over the Providence Bruins Sunday afternoon at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Paul Postma had a goal and an assist while Aaron Gagnon’s first goal of the season 45 seconds into the first period was good enough for the game-winner. Spencer Machacek and Jason Gregoire also scored for St. John’s (13-14-0-1), which extended its winning streak to two games and snapped Providence’s streak of eight games with at least a point.
The IceCaps’ special teams units were clicking for the second straight day, going 2-for-4 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Gagnon got the IceCaps on the board just 45 seconds after the opening faceoff. Ray Sawada took a hard wrister from the top of the right faceoff that was redirected in front by Gagnon and beat Bruins goaltender Michael Hutchinson to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
St. John’s added to its lead on the power play late in the frame on Postma’s fifth of the season. Max Macenauer worked the puck back to the point and the IceCaps reigning MVP blasted a shot that found the back of the net to give his club a 2-0 advantage after 20 minutes of play.
In the second, the IceCaps got some great goaltending from Dekanich and extended their lead with 6:58 left in the frame. After a mad scramble in front of the net, Spencer Machacek found the loose puck and smacked in the IceCaps’ third goal of the game, giving them a 3-0 lead at 13:02 of the second.
Jason Gregoire capped off the scoring on a broken play late in the third. After a Bruins turnover in the defensive zone, Hutchinson made an initial save but the puck came right to Gregoire, who was in the right place at the right time to slip his fourth goal of the season underneath the Bruins netminder and make it 4-0 St. John’s.
The IceCaps have a day off Monday as they travel to Glens Falls to the face the Adirondack Phantoms Wednesday night.
Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador, or watch online at ahllive.com. Puck drop is set for 8:30 p.m. with the pregame show getting underway at 8:00 (all times Newfoundland).
After seeing his four-game point streak snapped in last Wednesday’s shutout loss to the Bears, F Ray Sawada has started a new streak, registering a point in back-to-back games… D Derek Meech, F Spencer Machacek, F Aaron Gagnon and F Kael Mouillierat have also recorded a point in consecutive games… Entering play, the Bruins had recorded a point in eight straight contests. The last time Providence lost in regulation time was a 6-0 shutout at the hands of the IceCaps back on Nov. 25 at Mile One Centre… Captain Jason Jaffray returned to the lineup after missing the last five games with a shoulder injury.