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BRUINS (23-18-1-5, 52 PTS | 3rd Place, Atlantic) at ICECAPS (26-16-1-2, 55 PTS | 2nd Place, Atlantic)
Puck Drop: 7:30 PM NT | Watch: Rogers TV, AHL Live | Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM
The St. John’s IceCaps will be looking for their franchise-record seventh consecutive victory as they return home to Mile One Centre to face their division rivals, the Providence Bruins, on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
The IceCaps matched their longest ever winning streak, six games, on Saturday, defeating the Manchester Monarchs 3-1. During their streak, the IceCaps earned victories against the Monarchs (2), Providence Bruins (2), Hartford Wolf Pack and Portland Pirates and outscored their opponents 26-12.
The IceCaps started their streak with a win at home over the Monarchs on Jan. 20, and then won their next five games on the road. The IceCaps first set the record during the 2011-12 season with a six-game streak from Nov. 1 to 13, 2011.
LAST GAME: Michael Hutchinson made 28 saves and newly reassigned defenceman Paul Postma chipped in with three assists as the IceCaps downed the Monarchs 3-1 at Verizon Wireless Arena last Saturday night to record their sixth consecutive victory.
The IceCaps struck first in the opening frame as Adam Lowry beat Monarchs’ starter Jean-Francois Berube with a wraparound just 3:37 into the contest.
Kyle MacKinnon padded the IceCaps’ lead with his fourth goal of the season with just under four minutes remaining in the first.
IceCaps captain Jason Jaffray added his 14th goal of the year with the man advantage just 44 seconds into the second period to give the IceCaps a three-goal lead.
Manchester’s Linden Vey replied just over a minute into the third period to keep the game close, but Hutchinson shut the door for the rest of the period to earn the win.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Scratched for the IceCaps: Austen Brassard, Josh Lunden, Ryan Schnell, Kris Fredheim… St. John’s went 1-for-3 with the man advantage and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill… The IceCaps were outshot 29-21 overall… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Paul Postma 2. Michael Hutchinson 3. Linden Vey… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Adam Lowry.
INJURY UPDATE: Josh Lunden, Kris Fredheim, Ryan Schnell
TRANSACTIONS: Jan. 29: Paul Postma (D) Conditioning loan from Winnipeg (NHL). Jan. 28: Cody Sol (D) Reassigned by Winnipeg (NHL) to Ontario (ECHL).
QUICK HITS: The IceCaps have won six in a row dating back to Jan. 20 and strong team play has helped them achieve that mark, as players from all positions and lines have contributed to the team’s recent run of success. Centre Kyle MacKinnon has been on fire during the team’s streak and now rides a five-game point streak of his own. During his streak, MacKinnon has amassed one goal, a game-winner, and four assists.
Captain Jason Jaffray has done his part and now boasts a four-game goal streak. During those four games, he has totaled four goals and two assists.
Aside from great personal streaks from Jaffray and MacKinnon, the recent winning streak has brought out the best in the IceCaps as many players have produced at or near a point-per-game pace over the last six games, including Brenden Kichton (2G, 5A), Andrew Gordon (2G, 3A), John Albert (1G, 5A), Jerome Samson (5G, 2A), Kael Mouillierat (3G, 4A) and Will O’Neill (1G, 4A).
Since being reassigned to St. John’s for a conditioning stint on Jan. 29, defenceman Paul Postma has made an immediate impact, chipping in with four assists in just two games.
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson was promoted from the ECHL on Jan. 19 and has been red hot since his recall. Hutchinson has been between the pipes for all six of the team’s victories during the streak.
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps defeated the Bruins twice during their recent streak, which gives St. John’s the edge in the season series.
In the five games contested between these two clubs this season, the IceCaps have earned three regulation victories against one regulation loss and one overtime loss.
The overtime loss came on opening night at Mile One Centre as the IceCaps fell 4-3 on Oct. 4, but bounced back on Oct. 5 to win 5-1.
Providence won in regulation 5-2 on Oct. 27 before the IceCaps took two from the Bruins in their own building on Jan. 24 and 26.
St. John’s owns an 8-2-2-1 record lifetime against the Bruins.
STJ Brenden Kichton 6 PTS (2G, 4A) | Kael Mouillierat 5 PTS (5A) |Eddie Pasquale (1-2-0, 3.01 GAA, 0.913 SV%)
PRO: Nick Johnson 6 PTS (3G, 3A) | Matt Fraser 4 PTS (3G, 1A) | Niklas Svedberg (2-2-0, 3.27 GAA, 0.899 SV%)
BRUINS RECENT ACTION: FEB. 1: WOR 3 PRO 2 | Worcester’s Brodie Reid led the way with two goals and one assist and goaltender Troy Grosenick stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced as the Sharks defeated the Bruins at the DCU Center on Saturday night.
Providence held a 2-1 lead early in the third period on goals from Seth Griffith and Zach Trotman but Reid scored twice less than six minutes apart to steal the victory.
Freddie Hamilton scored the Sharks’ opening tally.
Niklas Svedberg played well for the Bruins despite the loss. He finished with 32 saves.
Feb. 2: David Warsofsky (D) Recalled from loan by Boston (NHL). Feb. 1: Paul Kenny (G) Released from PTO.