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After posting a 2-1-2 record on their recent five-game home stand, the St. John’s IceCaps head to Wilkes-Barre Scranton this weekend to kick off a six-game road trip with a two-game set against the Penguins on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

LAST GAME: On Saturday, Nov. 16, the IceCaps scored first but couldn’t close out the victory against the Worcester Sharks as they lost 2-1 in a shootout at Mile One Centre. IceCaps captain Jason Jaffray scored just 3:25 into the contest but the Sharks were able to force overtime and a shootout for the second consecutive game thanks to Travis Oleksuk’s game-tying goal 7:49 into the third period. Oleksuk and Brodie Reid scored shootout goals to seal the victory for the Sharks. Eric O’Dell scored the lone IceCaps shootout goal. Sharks’ goaltender Harri Sateri made 24 saves for the victory, while Jussi Olkinuora was strong in his first-ever home start, making 32 saves.

ICECAPS NOTES

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Scratched for the IceCaps: Cody Lampl, Ryan Schnell, Josh Lunden, Julian Melchiori, Austen Brassard… St. John’s went 1-for-5 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Harri Sateri 2. Jussi Olkinuora 3. Travis Oleksuk. Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: JC Lipon.

INJURY UPDATE: Josh Lunden (undisclosed)

TRANSACTIONS: Nov. 16: D Julian Melchiori recalled by Winnipeg (NHL).

QUICK HITS: Jerome Samson has four goals during his current three-game goal streak… Despite a quiet week on the score sheet, Eric O’Dell remains in the hunt in the American Hockey League scoring race. His seven goals, nine assists and 16 points place him inside the top 20 in league scoring… Among AHL rookies, Brenden Kichton ranks in the top 20 in points (11 points). Kichton remains in the top-15 in scoring among AHL defencemen… Goaltender Eddie Pasquale ranks tied for first in the AHL in appearances (14) and first in minutes played, shots faced and saves.

FRIDAY, NOV. 22, & SATURDAY, NOV. 23
ICECAPS (7-7-1-2, 17 PTS | 3rd Place, Atlantic) AT PENGUINS (11-3-0-2, 24 PTS | 1st Place, East)
Puck Drop: 7:05 PM ET Friday, 7:05 PM ET Saturday
Watch: AHL Live
Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps and Penguins have yet to face each other in the 2013-2014 season. The two teams squared off four times last season, with the IceCaps earning a single point in the four contests in posting a 0-3-1-0 record against the Penguins. The last meeting between the two teams was April 14, 2013, a 5-4 overtime win for the Penguins at Mile One Centre in the IceCaps’ final home game of the season. The Penguins have the edge in the all-time series against the IceCaps, registering six wins against only two losses.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (returning players with 2012-13 stats):
STJ: Jason Jaffray 6 PTS (1G, 5A) | x Julian Melchiori 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Eddie Pasquale (0-3-0, 5.09 GAA)
WBS: Dominik Uher 3 PTS (3G, 0A) | Paul Thompson 2 PTS (1G, 1A)

RECENT ACTION: WBS 3 RCH 1 | Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers kicked out 23 saves as the Penguins pushed their winning streak to three games, defeating the Rochester Americans 3-1 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York. Tom Kostopolous and Cody Sylvester paced the Penguins to a two-goal lead early in the second period before Rochester’s Kevin Porter scored 6:40 into the second frame to keep the game close. Jayson Megna scored into an empty net in the third period to seal the victory for the Penguins.

TRANSACTIONS: Nov. 19: Peter Mannino (G) Suspended by Team | Nov. 18: Brian Gibbons (C) Recalled from loan by Pittsburgh (NHL); Cody Sylvester (LW) Recalled from loan to Wheeling (ECHL); Denver Manderson (C) Recalled from loan to Wheeling (ECHL); Dustin Stevenson (D) Recalled from loan to Wheeling (ECHL); Eric Hartzell (G) Reassigned by Pittsburgh (NHL) from Wheeling (ECHL); Peter Mannino (G) Returned on loan to Wheeling (ECHL).

SUNDAY, NOV. 24
ICECAPS (7-7-1-2, 17 PTS | 3rd Place, Atlantic) AT SOUND TIGERS (4-8-1-1, 10 PTS | 5TH Place, Northeast)
Puck Drop: 3:00 PM ET
Watch: AHL Live
Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps and Sound Tigers have not faced each other since the 2011-2012 season, when the IceCaps defeated the Sound Tigers 4-3 in a shootout at the Webster Bank Arena on Jan. 25,2012. In four matchups during the 2011-2012 season, the IceCaps earned three victories.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS: (Returning players with stats from 2011-2012)
STJ: Carl Klingberg (2G, 1A, SO Winner) | Jason Jaffray 3 PTS (1G, 2A) | Eddie Pasquale (2-0-0, 1.81 GAA)
BRI: Calvin de Haan 2 PTS (2A) | Chris Langkow 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | x Anders Nilsson (1-0-0, 2.87)

RECENT ACTION: HFD 4 BST 1 | Mike Keenan scored the lone goal for Bridgeport as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Hartford Wolf Pack at the Webster Bank Arena on Nov. 16. Hartford’s Kyle Jean opened the scoring just 44 seconds into the contest and Andrew Yogan pushed the lead to two before the end of the opening frame. Danny Kristo and Oscar Lindberg also scored for Hartford. Bridgeport goaltender Anders Nilsson made 22 saves in taking the loss, while Scott Stajcer stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced for the victory.

TRANSACTIONS: Nov. 18: Anders Nilsson (G) Recalled from loan by NY Islanders (NHL); Parker Milner (G) Recalled from loan to Stockton (ECHL)

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