Preview: IceCaps at Marlies
Puck drop: 4:30 PM NT
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Coming off a big 5-1 win Wednesday night in Connecticut, the St. John’s IceCaps (23-28-1-2, 47 PTS) head to Toronto to renew hostilities with the Toronto Marlies (26-17-2-4, 58 PTS) at Ricoh Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
LAST GAME: Feb. 20: STJ 5 CT 1 | The IceCaps rebounded from a tough loss to trump the Connecticut Whale 5-1 at XL Center Wednesday night. Eric O’Dell scored three goals – his second hat trick as an IceCap – to pace St. John’s. Kael Mouillierat picked up four assists while Ben Maxwell had a goal and an assist. Carl Klingberg notched a pair of helpers and Mark Dekanich stopped 25 shots for the win. St. John’s started fast and never looked back, potting three goals in the opening frame and clinching the win with a pair in the third. The IceCaps outshot the Whale 37-26 overall and controlled the flow for most of the game, using an aggressive forecheck to keep Connecticut on its heels for the majority of the contest. | RECAP
SEASON SERIES (TOR LEADS 2-1-0-0):
Last Meeting (Jan. 13): STJ 4 TOR 2 | The IceCaps ended a seven-game home losing streak with a big 4-2 win over the North Division leading Toronto Marlies at Mile One Centre. Kevin Clark scored the game-winner at 10:26 of the third period and added an empty-netter to seal the victory. Jason Jaffray, the game’s first star, and Eric O’Dell both notched a goal and an assist, while Ray Sawada picked up a pair of helpers. Eddie Pasquale stopped 21-of-23 shots for his ninth win of the season. The IceCaps’ penalty killing unit was sharp, killing off five-of-seven Marlies power plays after allowing three goals on five chances the night before. St. John’s also went 1-for-4 on the power play to end a three-game drought with the man advantage. | RECAP
Other Meetings: (Jan. 12) TOR 6 STJ 2 | (Dec. 22) TOR 4 STJ 2
STJ: Eric O’Dell 4 PTS (3G, 1A) | Ray Sawada 3 PTS (1G, 2A) | Jason Jaffray 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | x Eddie Pasquale (1-2-0, 3.36 GAA)
TOR: x Keith Aucoin 6 PTS (2G, 4A) | Ryan Hamilton 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | Joe Colborne 4 PTS (1G, 3A) | x Jussi Rynnas (1-1-0, 2.51 GAA)
TURNING THE TRICK: F Eric O’Dell notched the first hat trick by an IceCap with his three goals Wednesday against Connecticut. The team’s last hat trick was also recorded by O’Dell back on April 7, 2012 vs. Springfield. O’Dell has four multi-goal games this season and three since the beginning of the New Year. In his last 19 games, O’Dell has 18 points, including 11 goals.
HELPING OUT: F Kael Mouillierat set a new franchise record for most assists in a game with four helpers in Wednesday’s win. Mouillierat assisted on all three first period markers and factored in on each of Eric O’Dell’s three goals. His four points also tied a club record set by Patrice Cormier on Mar. 9, 2012 vs. Hershey (3G, 1A). The sophomore winger now ranks third on the club in assists (17) and fourth in points (22) despite playing in just 32 games.
INJURY REPORT: D Ben Chiarot (hip flexor) returned to action Wednesday after missing the previous three games and was a +3. Injured: Derek Meech (upper body), Jason King (head), John Albert (upper body), Hunter Tremblay (head), Ivan Telegin (head) and Ryan Schnell (knee).
QUICK HITS: Ben Maxwell’s seven shots on goal Wednesday tied a season high by an IceCaps player (achieved three times)… Patrice Cormier fought twice in Wednesday’s game and has five fighting majors in the last eight games. On Dec. 22 at TOR, Cormier received 15 minutes in penalties after he was assessed a boarding major… The IceCaps have scored five goals in two of their last three games, and is a perfect 9-0-0-0 when scoring four goals or more… All-time, the IceCaps are 5-5-1-0 vs. Toronto overall and 3-2-0-0 at Ricoh Coliseum.
TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 22: WPG (NHL) recalls D Julian Melchiori from STJ (AHL) | Feb. 19: STJ recalls F Norm Ezekiel from COL (ECHL)
MARLIES RECENT ACTION: Feb. 20: SYR 4 TOR 3 | The Syracuse Crunch defeated the Toronto Marlies by a score of 4-3 in a shootout at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Arena. Joe Colborne opened the scoring with less than one second left on the clock in the first period. Syracuse would tie the game early in the middle frame on a goal from Mike Angelidis. Colborne’s second tally of the game and 9th of the season would restore Toronto’s lead at 5:43. The lead was once again short lived as Ondrej Palat equalized for the Crunch at 6:51. Captain Ryan Hamilton notched his 21st goal of the season before the midway point of the third period, giving the Marlies a 3-2 lead. Dana Tyrell would tie the game with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. After a scoreless overtime period, Radko Gudas notched the game-winning goal in the shootout.
TRANSACTIONS: Feb.21: TOR (AHL) reassigns F Brad Ross to Idaho (ECHL) | Feb. 19: TOR (AHL) reassigns F Tyler Brenner to Toledo (ECHL)
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