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PUCK DROP: 7:30 PM NT | WATCH: Rogers TV, AHL Live | LISTEN: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM
The IceCaps return home after a brief two-game road trip to host the Hershey Bears for a pair of games at Mile One Centre, beginning tonight.
LAST GAME: Defenceman T.J. Brennan, coming off AHL Player-of-the-Week honours, fired a hat trick as the Toronto Marlies doubled the IceCaps 6-3 last Saturday afternoon at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. Andrew Gordon, Will O’Neill and Jerome Samson potted goals for St. John’s while Jussi Olkinuora made 27 saves and picked up the loss in his season debut. | RECAP
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps and Bears split four games last season with neither team winning on home ice. Hershey swept St. John’s in a two-game series last December with 2-1 and 4-0 wins at Mile One. The squads last faced off on Jan. 25, 2013 when the IceCaps walked away victorious 3-1 at Giant Center in Hershey as Eddie Pasquale made 26 saves. The IceCaps are 5-3 all-time vs. the Bears with a 2-2 mark at home.
HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (returning players with 2012-13 stats):
STJ: x Patrice Cormier 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Eric O’Dell 1 PTS (1G) | Zach Redmond 1 PTS (1A) | Eddie Pasquale (1-0-0, 1.00)
PRO: Jeff Taffe 5 PTS (5A) | Tomas Kundratek 1 PTS (1G) | Ryan Stoa 1 PTS (1A) | Philipp Grubauer (0-1-0, 2.01)
ON A ROLL: Rookie defenceman Brenden Kichton picked up an assist in the IceCaps 6-3 loss to the Marlies , giving him points in his first four pro games.
PARDY ON: Veteran defenceman Adam Pardy made his debut with the IceCaps in their 3-2 loss to the Bulldogs last Friday. The 29-year-old is slated to play his first ever pro game at Mile One Centre tonight versus Hershey.
INJURY UPDATE: Kris Fredheim (undisclosed), Zach Redmond (lower body), Blair Riley (undisclosed)
TRANSACTIONS: OCT 17: WPG recalls C Patrice Cormier from STJ | OCT 10: STJ signs D Zach Bell to a standard player contract; STJ assigns D Zach Bell to ONT (ECHL) and D Patrick Cullity to IDH (ECHL) | OCT 7: STJ assigns D Cody Sol to ONT (ECHL) | OCT 6: WPG assigns D Adam Pardy to STJ
QUICK HITS: Brenden Kichton (1-4-5) and Jerome Samson (2-3-5) each have five points in the team’s first four games and are tied for sixth in AHL scoring… Kichton is tied with Hartford’s Danny Kristo for the AHL’s rookie scoring lead and tied for second among AHL defencemen… Eric O’Dell’s four goals are good for second most in the AHL… Andrew Gordon has scored a goal in two straight games… Eddie Pasquale’s 93 saves are the fifth most in the league… The IceCaps have a power play goal in three straight games.
RECENT ACTION: WBS 3 HER 1 | Chris Conner scored with 2:38 left in regulation to snap a 1-1 tie and send the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-1 victory over the Hershey Bears last Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Tomas Kundratek scored the Bears’ lone goal while David Leggio made 25 saves on 28 shots in the loss.
TRANSACTIONS: OCT 11: WSH (NHL) re-assigns D Connor Carrick and C Michael Latta to HER; WSH recalls D Nate Schmidt from HER
OY OY OY!: F Nathan Walker became the first Australian to play in the AHL when he made his debut on Oct. 5. Born in Wales and raised in Sydney, Walker left to play in the Czech Republic at age 13 and played two seasons with Vitkovice HC in the Czech League. Walker spent 2012-13 with Youngstown of the USHL where he notched 27 points (7G, 20A) and 63 penalty minutes in 29 games.
FORMER MATE: F Derek Whitmore played seven games with the IceCaps last season, registering four points (1G, 3A) before signing a contract to play with Augsburg (DEL) in Germany. In 23 games with the Panthers, Whitmore recorded 23 points (9G, 14A) and 40 penalty minutes.
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