IceCaps set for New England clashes
Six-game road trip kicks off in Springfield, Providence this weekend
Fresh off a 3-2-1 homestand, the first place St. John’s IceCaps look to continue their success on the road when they take on the Springfield Falcons (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins) this weekend.
St. John’s is coming off a disappointing 5-2 loss to the Portland Pirates on Wednesday, a game in which the Pirates scored four third-period goals and came back from a 2-1 deficit to win. Jason King scored his fourth of the season while Peter Mannino made 23 saves in defeat.
Carl Klingberg leads the club with six goals in eight games, and is tied with King for the team scoring lead with six points. King has four goals and two assists in the team’s first eight games.
Despite the loss Wednesday, the IceCaps sit first in the Atlantic Division and are tied atop the Eastern Conference standings with 11 points. St. John’s has played a disciplined brand of hockey, registering just 82 penalty minutes as a team, second best in the AHL.
The Falcons, meanwhile, are coming off a 2-1 victory Wednesday night over the Manchester Monarchs that saw their three-game losing streak come to a halt. Goaltender Danny Taylor stopped 32 of 33 shots in the win, which moved Springfield ahead of Bridgeport and into third place in the Northeast Division.
Springfield has been led offensively by winger Nick Drazenovic, who has 10 points (2g, 8a) in eight games this season. Centre Martin St. Pierre leads the team with four goals.
Saturday’s matchup at the MassMutual Center will be the first between the two teams this season.
On Sunday, the IceCaps travel to Providence to face the Bruins for the second time this season. On October 7th, St. John’s opened its inaugural season with a 4-1 victory at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Mark Flood scored the IceCaps first regular season goal while David Aebischer made 21 saves to pick up the win.
After three straight losses to open the season, the Bruins reeled off four consecutive victories including back-to-back shootout wins at home against Portland and Worcester. The Bruins lost to the Albany Devils 3-2 in overtime last Sunday but extended their point streak to five games. Providence sits in second place in the Atlantic Division, just two points behind St. John’s.
Saturday’s tilt against the Falcons begins at 8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland while Sunday’s contest with the Bruins starts at 5:35 p.m. Both games can be heard live on 930 AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador and online at www.stjohnsicecaps.com. Catch the pre-game show with Brian Rogers a half hour before puck drop. Chris ‘Red’ Barton will join Rogers in the broadcast booth.