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Preview: IceCaps begin road swing in Providence, Hartford Posted by IceCaps on

Chiarot Pasquale

Friday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 26
ICECAPS (21-16-1-2, 45 PTS | 3rd Place, Atlantic) AT BRUINS (21-15-1-5, 26 PTS | 2nd Place, Atlantic)

Puck Drop: 8:35 PM NT | Watch: AHL Live | Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

After finishing an eight-game home stand with five wins, the St. John’s IceCaps hope to continue their strong play on the road as they prepare to play three games in three nights against the Providence Bruins on Friday night and the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday before returning to Providence on Sunday afternoon.

The IceCaps enter the weekend on a high, having defeated the Manchester Monarchs 2-0 last Monday. The IceCaps have now won three of their last four games.

LAST GAME: The IceCaps quickly erased the memory of a lopsided 6-0 shutout loss one night earlier and rebounded to defeat the Manchester Monarchs 2-0 last Monday night at Mile One Centre in St. John’s.

Blair Riley’s second goal of the season just 13:26 into the opening period was all the IceCaps would need as the team played smart defensive hockey in front of Michael Hutchinson, who made 26 saves to record a shutout in his first IceCaps home start.

Andrew Gordon’s team-leading 14th goal of the season with just over seven minutes remaining in the third period sealed the win as they took two of three from the Monarchs.

Jean-Francois Berube allowed two goals on 27 shots between the pipes for the Monarchs.

The IceCaps finished the game 0-for-2 with the man advantage and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

ICECAPS NOTES

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for St. John’s: Ryan Schnell, Cody Sol, Josh Lunden, Julian Melchiori, Jamie MacQueen… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Michael Hutchinson, 2. Andrew Gordon, 3. Nick Deslauriers… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Blair Riley.

INJURIES: Josh Lunden, Julian Melchiori, Ryan Schnell

TRANSACTIONS: Jan. 21: Jamie MacQueen (LW) Released from PTO. Jan. 17: Carl Klingberg (LW) Returned on loan from Winnipeg (NHL). Jan 16: Cody Sol (D) Reassigned by Winnipeg (NHL) from Ontario (ECHL). Jamie MacQueen (LW) Signed to PTO. Jan. 15: Carl Klingberg (LW) Recalled from loan by Winnipeg (NHL).

QUICK HITS: The forward line of Carl Klingberg, Adam Lowry and JC Lipon has quickly become a fan favourite in St. John’s and for good reason. Before the team’s 6-0 loss to the Monarchs on Jan. 18, the line combined for 17 points over its last six games. Lipon recorded a six-game point streak and registered three goals and four assists. Klingberg had recorded four points during the same span, while Lowry recorded six points, including his first three-point game as a professional on Jan. 11… Upon recording the game-winning goal in the team’s most recent victory over the Monarchs, both of Blair Riley’s goals this season have been game-winners. He is now tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with five other players. Through the IceCaps’ first 21 wins of the season, 15 different players have recorded a game-winning goal.

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: These division rivals have faced off three times to date this season, with the Bruins holding the edge, two wins to one.

Providence clipped St. John’s 4-3 in overtime at Mile One Centre during the IceCaps’ season opener on Oct. 4. The IceCaps roared back on Oct. 5 to take the victory 5-1. The Bruins got revenge on Oct. 27 in Providence as they won 5-2.

The IceCaps own a lifetime 6-2-1-1 edge over the Bruins.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS:
STJ: (x) Eric O’Dell 5 PTS (5G) | Kael Mouillierat 4 PTS (4A) | Eddie Pasquale (1-2-0, 3.01 GAA, .913 SV%)
PRO: Matt Fraser 4 PTS (3G, 1A) | Nick Johnson 3 PTS (3G, 1A) | Niklas Svedberg (2-0-0, 2.46 GAA, 0.935 SV%)

RECENT ACTION: JAN 19: WBS 5 PRO 1 | The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins erupted for three first-period goals as they rolled to a 5-1 victory over the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin Donuts Center last Sunday night.

Anton Zlobin, Dominik Uher and Simon Despres all tallied in the opening frame for the Penguins before the Bruins’ Joe Morrow stopped the bleeding with a power play goal early in the third period.

The Penguins’ offensive weapons weren’t finished as Nick Drazenovic and Tom Kostopolous each scored in the final half of the third period to seal the victory.

Penguins goaltender Eric Hartzell made 33 saves to earn the win, while the Bruins’ Jeff Jakaitis made 27 saves in a losing effort.

TRANSACTIONS: Jan. 23: Jeff Jakaitis (G) Released from PTO. Jan. 22: Zach Trotman (D) Recalled from loan by Boston (NHL). Jan. 20: Zach Trotman (D) Returned on loan from Boston (NHL)

Saturday, Jan. 25
ICECAPS (21-16-1-2, 45 PTS | 3rd Place, Atlantic) AT WOLF PACK (12-21-0-5, 29 PTS | 5th Place, Northeast)

Puck Drop: 8:30 PM NT | Watch: AHL Live | Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The St. John’s IceCaps and Hartford Wolf Pack have yet to face each other during the 2013-14 season. The teams split four games last season, with the Wolf Pack playing as the Connecticut Whale. St. John’s holds a 6-2 edge in the eight games the teams have played against each other since the IceCaps joined the league in 2011-12.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (with returning players’ statistics from 2012-13 season):
STJ: Kael Mouillierat 5 PTS (5A) | (x) Eric O’Dell 4 PTS (3G, 1A) | Eddie Pasquale (0-2-0, 4.15 GAA)
HFD: Michael Haley 4 PTS (3G, 1A) | Andrew Yogan 4 PTS (2G, 2A)

RECENT ACTION: JAN 19: BRI 5 HFD 1 | After Bridgeport’s Mike Halmo and Hartford’s Danny Syvret traded first period goals, the Sound Tigers seized control of the game and went home with a 5-1 victory.

John Persson, Mike Cornell, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Chris Langkow each added singles for Bridgeport. Parker Milner registered the victory between the pipes, making 31 saves.

Hartford’s David LeNeveu allowed five goals on 36 shots to record the loss.

TRANSACTIONS: Jan. 23: David LeNeveu (G) Loaned from N.Y. Rangers (NHL). Jan. 21: David LeNeveu (G) Released from SPC. Scott Stajcer (G) Reassigned by N.Y. Rangers (NHL) to Gwinnett (ECHL).

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