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PREVIEW | Crunch Visit IceCaps for Playoffs Game 1 & 2 Calder Cup Action kicks off in St. John’s on Friday and Saturday Posted by Geneva Hayward on

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By: Ryan Howell

2017 CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS ROUND 1

ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS (4th North) vs SYRACUSE CRUNCH (1st North)

GAME 1: Friday, April 21st (7:30 PM NT)

GAME 2: Saturday, April 22nd (7:30 PM NT)

WATCH: AHL Live                LISTEN: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM KIXX Country

The St. John’s IceCaps begin their quest for the Calder Cup this weekend when they host a familiar foe in the Syracuse Crunch. The two teams played eight times during the regular season with both teams winning four games.

LAST GAME
Chris Terry led the way netting a pair as the St. John’s IceCaps beat the Toronto Marlies 4-1 last Saturday at Mile One Centre and clinched a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Terry’s two goals gave him 30 on the season which is an IceCaps’ franchise record. Anthony Camara and Daniel Audette also scored for St. John’s. Andrew Neilsen had the lone Toronto tally. Charlie Lindgren made 31 saves for the IceCaps in the win. Garret Sparks allowed three goals on 12 shots before being replaced by Kasimir Kaskisuo, who made 13 saves.

TRANSACTIONS
Apr. 20: D Noah Juulsen loaned from Montreal. Apr. 19: D Victor Mete signed to an ATO

QUICK HITS
St. John’s
Only 10 of the 28 players on the IceCaps roster have previous Calder Cup Playoffs experience. Charles Hudon enters the series with ten points in the last ten games. Daniel Audette has three points in the last four games. Zach Redmond has assists in three of his last four playoff games dating back to 2014. Goaltender Yann Danis is the seniority leader in Calder Cup Playoffs appearances with 47.

Syracuse
The Crunch have six reinforcements on their roster from Tampa Bay, and also feature four former IceCaps – Gabriel Dumont, Michael Bournival, Stefan Fournier, and Jonathan Racine. Cory Conacher has four points in the last two games. 2016 1st round pick Brett Howden has three goals in five games since signing an ATO with the Crunch. Erik Condra is on a four-game point streak.

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
March 11th – 3-2 STJ (OT): Charles Hudon scored the overtime winner 1:40 into the extra frame as the St. John’s IceCaps edged the Syracuse Crunch 3-2. Chris Terry and Jacob de la Rose also tallied for St. John’s. Byron Froese and Tye McGinn scored for Syracuse. Yann Danis picked up his tenth win of the season making 31 saves for the IceCaps. Mike McKenna made 28 saves for the Crunch.

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