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Preview: IceCaps close out 2013 in Springfield Posted by IceCaps on

ICECAPS (16-12-1-2, 35 PTS | 3rd Place, Atlantic) at FALCONS (21-5-1-3, 46 PTS | 1st Place, Northeast)

Puck Drop: 4:30 PM NT | Watch: Rogers TV, AHL Live | Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

The St. John’s IceCaps will play their final game of 2013 on Tuesday as they head to MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts to take on the Falcons in a New Year’s Eve matinee.

Tuesday’s game will be the last of a five-game road trip, on which the IceCaps have posted an even 2-2 record.

The game will be the first of four games between the two teams this season. The Falcons enter the contest as one of the strongest teams in the league, boasting a league-best .767 winning percentage. The Falcons will look to avoid losing consecutive games, having dropped their last contest 5-4 to the Providence Bruins on Dec. 29.

LAST GAME: Will O’Neill and Andrew Gordon scored power play goals less than a minute apart in the final minutes of the second period and Eddie Pasquale turned aside 35 of the 36 shots he faced as the St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Manchester Monarchs 3-1 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night.

After skating to a scoreless first period, the IceCaps were the first to strike late in the second period. With Manchester’s Scott Sabourin in the box serving a four-minute double minor for high sticking at 16:56, St. John’s took advantage as O’Neill and Gordon gave the IceCaps a quick 2-0 lead.

Adam Lowry pushed the lead to 3-0 in the first three minutes of the third period as he beat Monarchs’ starting goaltender Jean-Francois Berube, who finished the game with 22 saves.

Manchester’s Nick Deslauriers scored his eleventh goal of the season with less than a minute remaining in the game to break Pasquale’s shutout, but the IceCaps held on for the victory, ending their two-game losing streak.

ICECAPS NOTES

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Scratched for the IceCaps: Josh Lunden, Cody Lampl, Austen Brassard… St. John’s was outshot 36-25… St. John’s went 2-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Eddie Pasquale 2. Will O’Neill 3. Andrew Gordon … Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Jason Jaffray.

INJURY UPDATE: Josh Lunden

TRANSACTIONS: Dec. 30: Julian Melchiori (C) Returned from loan from Winnipeg (NHL). Dec. 26: Eric O’Dell (C) Recalled from loan by Winnipeg (NHL).

QUICK HITS: With his goal against Manchester on Dec. 28, Andrew Gordon has pushed his point streak to four games, dating back to the IceCaps’ game against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Dec. 14. He has amassed two goals and three assists for five points during the streak. This is Gordon’s second four-game point streak this season… After posting a record of 4-5-1-0 in the season’s opening month of October, the IceCaps are set to post their second consecutive winning month. In November, the team went 7-4-0-2 for 16 points in 13 games. While the club will only play nine games in December, the IceCaps have already won five of their eight games so far this month. The IceCaps posted their longest winning streak of the season from Dec. 10 to Dec. 14, including a pair of victories at home against the Syracuse Crunch on Dec. 10 and 11 and a win at the Copps Coliseum against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Dec. 14. The IceCaps outscored their opponents 14-3 during their streak.

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps and Falcons have not yet faced each other this season. Last season, the teams met for a total of four games, with the Falcons claiming victory in three. The IceCaps dropped a 4-2 decision in Springfield on Oct. 13, 2012 then dropped a pair of games at Mile One Centre in St. John’s on Dec. 7 (5-3) and Dec. 8 (4-2). St. John’s took the final game with a 3-2 victory in Springfield on Dec. 15, 2012.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS: (Returning players with 2012-2013 stats)
STJ: Zach Redmond 3 PTS (3A) | Kael Mouillierat 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Eddie Pasquale (1-2-0, 3.36 GAA, .880 SV%)
SPR: Jonathan Marchessault 5 PTS (1G, 4A) | Sean Collins 2 PTS (1G, 1A) |

FALCONS RECENT ACTION: DEC 29: PRO 5 SPR 4 | Carter Camper scored two goals and added an assist and Anthony Camara added a goal and an assist as the Providence Bruins topped the Springfield Falcons at MassMutual Center in Springfield. Frederic St. Denis (2), Jake Hansen and Jonathan Marchessault replied for Springfield. Falcons starting goaltender Jeremy Smith made 17 saves in a losing effort, while Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg stopped 24 shots to earn the victory.

TRANSACTIONS: Dec. 29: Jeremy Langlois (RW) Recalled from loan to Evansville (ECHL). Ryan Craig (LW) Recalled from loan by Columbus (NHL).

LISTEN TO EVERY ICECAPS GAME LIVE
Listen to every IceCaps game this season online at www.stjohnsicecaps.com by clicking the ‘Listen Live’ link on the homepage. Play-by-play broadcaster Brian Rogers brings you all the action on the ice, including a pregame show that starts 30 minutes before the drop of the puck. Fans can also watch 29 home games live on Rogers TV in Newfoundland and listen on the radio at 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador. And, watch all the games streaming live online at www.ahllive.com!

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