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ICECAPS (41-21-1-3, 86 PTS | 4th, Eastern) at SENATORS (38-21-1-4, 81 PTS | 3rd, Eastern)
Puck Drop: 8:35 PM EDT | Watch: AHL Live | Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM
The St. John’s IceCaps were handed a rare loss by the Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday night and hope to get back to their winning ways Friday as they head to Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena to face the Binghamton Senators.
The loss was just the second in fifteen games for the IceCaps, who are still very much in the hunt to grab the top spot in the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.
LAST GAME: Artem Sergeev’s shorthanded goal with 2:32 left in regulation completed the comeback as the Syracuse Crunch stole a 3-2 victory from the IceCaps at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena on Wednesday night.
John Albert and Ben Chiarot paced the IceCaps to an early 2-0 lead after the first period but quickly lost momentum as the puck dropped in the second frame.
It took Brett Connolly just 32 seconds to get the Crunch on the board in the second period. Syracuse knotted the game at two just over two minutes into the third period thanks to a power play goal from Mike Angelidis, which set the stage for Sergeev’s heartbreaking game-winner.
Tyler Beskorowany settled for a loss and finished the game with 31 saves while Crunch starter Kristers Gudlevskis earned the victory with a 26-save performance.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for St. John’s: Kael Mouillierat, Cody Lampl, Colton Beck, Adam Lowry, Austen Brassard …Kris Fredheim played for the first time in 24 games since being sidelined with an injury… John’s was outshot 34-28… The IceCaps went 0-for-5 on the power play and 6-for-7 on the penalty kill… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Artem Sergeev 2. Vlad Namestnikov 3. Mike Angelidis… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Ben Chiarot.
TRANSACTIONS: Mar. 24: Carl Klingberg (LW) Returned on loan from Winnipeg (NHL). Carl Klingberg (LW) Recalled from loan by Winnipeg (NHL). Mar. 23: Patrice Cormier (C) Recalled from loan by Winnipeg (NHL). Mar. 22: John Albert (C) Returned on loan from Winnipeg (NHL). Patrice Cormier Returned on loan from Winnipeg (NHL).
QUICK HITS: The IceCaps had their four-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Crunch on Wednesday night. All season, the IceCaps have proven to be able to bounce back after a loss, having only dropped back-to-back games five times and not since Feb. 15/16… With just ten games remaining in the regular season, a trip to the Calder Cup Playoffs is starting to appear likely. The IceCaps currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference (88 PTS) and require just nine points over their last ten games to clinch a playoff berth. First place in the conference isn’t out of the question as the IceCaps are just six points behind the Manchester Monarchs, who have played one more game than the IceCaps.
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps have enjoyed facing the Senators this season. In three games against Binghamton, St. John’s has skated away with all three victories.
On Nov. 30 in Binghamton, Jerome Samson and Eric O’Dell scored in the shootout as the IceCaps downed the Senators 4-3.
At Mile One Centre on Feb. 28 and Mar. 1, the IceCaps earned a pair of victories, the first by a score of 6-2 and the second a 1-0 Michael Hutchinson shutout.
The IceCaps are 9-2-0-0 in their history against the Senators but just 3-2-0-0 at Binghamton.
STJ: Kael Mouillierat 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | John Albert 3 PT (2G, 1A) | (x) Michael Hutchinson (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .971 SV%)
BNG: Mike Hoffman 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Fredrik Claesson 2 PTS (2A) | Andrew Hammond (0-1-1, 1.93 GAA, 0.938 SV%)
RECENT ACTION: MAR 22: BNG 6 NOR 5 (OT) | Jean Gabriel Pageau scored a pair of goals, including the overtime winner for the Senators as they won a wild 6-5 decision over the Norfolk Admirals last Saturday night.
Norfolk’s Chris Wagner opened the scoring with a pair of goals 26 seconds apart in the opening frame before Pageau’s first of the night stopped the bleeding towards the end of the first period.
The Admirals’ Andre Petersson gave Norfolk a 3-1 lead just 50 seconds into the second period but the Senators would storm back with three consecutive goals from Derek Grant and Stephane de Costa (2) by the middle of the third period as Binghamton grabbed its first lead of the game.
Devante Smith-Pelly tied the game 35 seconds later before Corey Cowick restored the lead for Binghamton at 14:29.
Wagner completed the hat trick to tie the game with 4:05 left in the game, setting up Pageau’s overtime winner.
Scott Greenham earned the victory between the pipes for the Senators and made 28 saves, while Norfolk’s Brad Thiessen allowed six goals on 36 shots.
With the victory, the Senators have now won two straight and five of their last six games.
TRANSACTIONS: Mar. 25: Danny Hobbs (F) Returned on loan to Elmira (ECHL). Jakub Culek (LW) Reassigned by Ottawa (NHL) from Elmira (ECHL). Philippe Trudeau (G) Released from ATO. Mar. 24: Andrew Hammond (G) Returned on loan from Ottawa (NHL). Mar. 22: Mark Stone (RW) Recalled from loan by Ottawa (NHL).
Saturday, Mar. 29
ICECAPS (41-21-1-3, 86 PTS | 4th, Eastern) at BEARS (32-25-4-4, 72 PTS | 9th, Eastern)
Puck Drop: 8:30 PM ET | Watch: AHL Live | Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The Hershey Bears and the St. John’s IceCaps have met three times thus far this season.
St. John’s pounded Hershey 5-1 at Mile One Centre on Oct. 18 before losing 4-0 the following day. The IceCaps sought their revenge in Hershey on Nov. 27, defeating the Bears 4-2.
The IceCaps boast a 7-4-0-0 all-time record against the Bears, including a 4-1-0-0 mark at the Giant Center.
STJ: Kael Mouillierat 3 PTS (1G, 2A) | Brenden Kichton 2 PTS (2G) | Eddie Pasquale (2-1-0, 2.33 GAA, .907 SV%)
HER: (x) Dmitri Orlov 4 PTS (1G, 3A) | Peter Leblanc 2 PTS (2G) | Philipp Grubauer (1-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%)
RECENT ACTION: MAR 23: MCH 2 HER 1 | The Manchester Monarchs got a pair of power play goals from Zach O’Brien and Andrew Bodnarchuk and that’s all they needed to top the Hershey Bears 2-1 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Sunday afternoon.
Julien Brouillette replied for Hershey, who have lost two straight and three of their last four.
Jean Francois Berube earned the victory with 19 saves for Manchester while Philipp Grubauer made 34 saves in a losing effort.
TRANSACTIONS: Mar. 26: Caleb Herbert (F) Signed to ATO.