IceCaps thump Bruins
ST. JOHN’S, NL – The St. John’s IceCaps thoroughly dominated the Providence Bruins Sunday afternoon in a 6-0 win at Mile One Centre to conclude their six-game home stand and split the two-game series.
Eddie Pasquale made 40 saves for his first shutout of the season and second against the Bruins in his career. Derek Meech scored a goal and added two assists while Spencer Machacek snapped a lengthy pointless drought notching three assists. Paul Postma, John Albert, Derek Whitmore, Max Macenauer and Carl Klingberg also scored for St. John’s (9-9-0-1).
The IceCaps were firing on all cylinders for the full 60 minutes and turned it up another notch in the third, scoring four times. St. John’s went 3-for-6 on the power play while killing off all six Providence man advantages.
St. John’s set the tone early by opening the scoring on the power play just over five minutes into the game. After a failed clearing attempt by the Bruins in their own zone, Derek Meech gloved the puck down at the blueline, moved in and snapped a wrist shot through traffic and past Svedberg for an early 1-0 lead.
St. John’s capped off perhaps its most complete home period of the season with a key five-on-three penalty kill towards the end of the frame. Max Macenauer and Dean Arsene took minor penalties within 40 seconds of one another but the IceCaps were able to kill off both, thanks to some hard work, in particular a determined Alex Burmistrov who killed off nearly 30 seconds with his great work protecting the puck.
St. John’s survived yet another five-on-three midway through the second period after Postma took charging call and Melchiori cross-checked a Bruins player into Pasquale.
Just after the penalties expired, the IceCaps continued the momentum and added to their lead on Whitmore’s first goal as an IceCap. Machacek fed Whitmore with a tape-to-tape pass from behind the net and the veteran roofed the one-timer high on Svedberg’s glove side to give his club a 2-0 advantage.
St. John’s opened the floodgates in the third period, starting first with another power play marker early in the frame on Klingberg’s fourth of the season. Ben Maxwell had the puck knocked off his stick near the side boards but it went right to Klingberg in the high slot. The sophomore Swede corralled the puck and fired a hard wrist shot past Svedberg on the blocker side, giving the IceCaps a three-goal lead.
Macenauer made it 4-0 minutes later after some good work in front of the net. Meech’s shot from the right point was initially stopped but Macenauer found the puck lying in the crease and deposited his fifth of the season.
Then, at 7:50 of the period, Albert finished off a terrific solo effort for his third goal of the season. Albert picked up the puck in the neutral zone and went wide around a Bruins defender, cutting hard to the net and slipping a shot underneath Svedberg for a 5-0 IceCaps lead.
St. John’s was not done there. Postma notched his second of the year after a great setup by Machacek on an odd-man rush. Machacek put on the brakes and fed a trailing Postma, who snapped a wrister over Svedberg’s left shoulder to cap the scoring for St. John’s.
The IceCaps finished their home stand with a 3-2-0-1 record and now hit the road for a mini three-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Adirondack against the Phantoms, then continues with stops in Albany and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton next weekend.
Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador, or watch online at www.ahllive.com.
F Spencer Machacek snapped a 13-game pointless streak with his three assists. Machacek also finished the game plus-three and was on the ice for all six IceCaps goals (three came on the power play)… F Max Macenauer tied Machacek with a team-high plus-three rating… The IceCaps tied a team record for largest margin of victory (six), set back on Mar. 14 in a 6-0 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs at Mile One Centre… D Derek Meech’s three point game gives him a team-high 12 points on the season… F Carl Klingberg has three goals in the last six games… Sunday’s contest was the 50th consecutive sellout at Mile One Centre… In addition to scoring his first goal as an IceCap, F Derek Whitmore led the team with six shots on goal… St. John’s tied a franchise high with four goals in a period, the second time it has accomplished the feat this season (8-7 win vs. Portland on Oct. 23)… G Eddie Pasquale has recorded a shutout in two of his four career starts against Providence.
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