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St. John’s increases road record to 17-2-2-1 with victory in Portland
By Don Power
Director of Communications
Spencer Machacek scored once and added two assists to lead St. John’s to a 3-0 win over the Portland Pirates in American Hockey League action Saturday night in Portland.
Eddie Pasquale stopped 20 shots in the St. John’s net for his first shutout of the season.
Machacek opened the scoring for the IceCaps late in the first period with his 11th goal of the year. With just six seconds remaining in the opening frame, the club’s leading scorer gave his team a 1-0 lead on the power play, beating Justin Pogge in the Portland goal. The point was Machacek’s 33rd point of the year, and the goal stood up as the game winner.
Machacek was instrumental on the team’s second goal. With the IceCaps on another power play, Machacek had the puck deep in the Portland zone. Machacek fired a cross-ice pass to all-star defenceman Zach Redmond on the left point, who fired a slapshot past Pogge to put the club up 2-0.
Machacek recorded his third point of the night – and team-leading 34th of the season – on Kenndal McArdle’s empty netter in the final frame at 18:34.
St. John’s finished two-for-three on the power play, while successfully killing off all three Portland opportunities.
The win sends the IceCaps to the AHL all-star break with a 5-1 record in their recent six-game road trip, and improves their overall record away from Mile One to 17-2-2-1. The team is now off until Friday, Feb. 3 when the Worcester Sharks visit St. John’s.
Three members of the IceCaps leave Portland and travel to Philadelphia for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic. Keith McCambridge will be the head coach behind the Eastern Conference bench in Monday’s contest. The first-year AHL bench boss will have two of his defenceman to call upon during that contest.
Paul Postma will be playing in his second straight all-star game, while rookie Zach Redmond will play in his first. Fans can catch the AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 3:00 p.m. ET Sunday and the AHL All-Star Game at 7:00 p.m. ET Monday night, both live on Rogers Sportsnet.
Catch all the upcoming IceCaps action with broadcaster Brian Rogers on 930 AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador and on www.stjohnsicecaps.com.
Fans wishing to see the games at Mile One can get tickets to the Worcester and Providence series at Mile One Centre box office, or by visiting the IceCaps website.