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ICECAPS (28-19-1-3, 60 PTS | 3rd Place, Atlantic) AT PIRATES (18-21-2-7, 45 PTS | 5th Place, Atlantic)
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The St. John’s IceCaps are riding a three-game losing streak and hope to shake the monkey off their backs as they head to Portland to face the Pirates at Androscoggin Bank Colisee this Tuesday.
Even though they managed to take a point from the division-leading Manchester Monarchs on Sunday night, the IceCaps dropped their third straight game, this one a 4-3 shootout decision.
LAST GAME: Monarchs starting goaltender Martin Jones made 40 saves and carried the Monarchs to a 4-3 shootout victory over the IceCaps at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH on Sunday afternoon.
Carl Klingberg, Adam Lowry and John Albert scored in regulation but Jones denied all four shooters in the shootout in a first star effort.
St. John’s held a 2-1 lead and a 3-2 lead before the resilient Monarchs managed to pull ahead for good.
After a scoreless opening frame, Manchester’s Steve Quailer opened the scoring just over five minutes into the second but an IceCaps surge, led by goals from Klingberg and Lowry, gave them a lead late in the second period. Nick Deslauriers took the wind out of the IceCaps’ sails, scoring with only three seconds left on the clock to tie the game after 40 minutes.
Albert and Deslauriers traded third period goals to send the game to overtime. After a scoreless extra period, Jones stopped all four St. John’s shooters while the Monarchs got goals from Nick Shore and Jordan Weal to seal the victory.
Michael Hutchinson stopped 21-of-24 for St. John’s in the loss, while Zach Redmond notched two assists.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for St. John’s: JC Lipon, Josh Lunden, Austen Brassard, Eddie Pasquale, Kris Fredheim, Ryan Schnell… Carl Klingberg set an IceCaps season high for shots in a game with eight… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Martin Jones, 2. Nick Deslauriers, 3. Carl Klingberg… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Ben Chiarot.
TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 14: Tyler Beskorowany (G) Signed to PTO.
QUICK HITS: With his assist in the IceCaps’ most recent 4-3 shootout loss to the Monarchs, former leading scorer Eric O’Dell has recorded a point in each of the three games he has played since his return to St. John’s ahead of the Olympic Break. He now has points in each of his last six American Hockey League contests… Not to be outdone, Zach Redmond has also recorded three assists in three games since returning from Winnipeg… John Albert has found his scoring touch of late and has registered goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season. He has four goals in his last four games including a pair of shorthanded markers, which leaves him tied for the league lead in that category with three on the season… After recording a pair of goalless games following his five-game goal streak between Jan. 24 and Feb. 9, Adam Lowry found the back of the net again on Sunday, giving him eight goals over his last 11 games.
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps are familiar with each other as division rivals but the record would indicate the IceCaps appreciate the familiarity more than the Pirates.
In six games against the Pirates this season, the IceCaps have registered five wins against a single loss.
The IceCaps won their first three games of the season against the Pirates on Oct. 30, Nov. 1 and Jan. 5, before being handed a 5-4 loss in St. John’s on Jan. 6.
The IceCaps are on a short two-game winning streak against the Pirates, winning the last two contests on Jan. 7 and Jan. 31 by a combined score of 11-6.
STJ: John Albert 8 PTS (3G, 5A) | Brenden Kichton 8 PTS (2G, 6A) | Eddie Pasquale (4-1-0, 1.88 GAA, .943 SV%)
POR: Brandon McMillan 6 PTS (1G, 5A) | Lucas Lessio 5 PTS (3G, 2A) | Louis Domingue (1-1-0, 2.96 GAA, 0.908 SV%)
RECENT ACTION: FEB 16: POR 2 ADK 0 | Chris Brown and Brendan Shinnimin each scored singles in a penalty filled 2-0 victory over the Adirondack Phantons on Feb. 16.
Both Pirates goals were scored in the third period with Brown’s game-winner, his 13th goal of the season, coming just 1:37 into the final frame.
Penalties and rough play dominated the game as five players totaled double-digits in penalty minutes. In total, the teams combined for 304 penalty minutes.
Louis Domingue made 28 saves to record the shutout, while the Phantoms’ Cal Heeter made 38 saves in a losing effort.
TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 15: Keven Veilleux (RW) Released from SPC.