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Lunden goal celebration (994)

The St. John’s IceCaps make their first road trip of the season when the travel to Ontario to face the Hamilton Bulldogs (Friday, 9:00 PM NT) and Toronto Marlies (Saturday, 4:30 PM NT).


LAST GAME: Eric O’Dell potted the third hat-trick of his AHL career as the IceCaps slammed the Providence Bruins 5-1 last Saturday night at Mile One Centre. The win gave St. John’s three of a possible four points in the opening weekend series. O’Dell notched his second, third and fourth goals of the young season as St. John’s dominated from start to finish, racking up 40-plus shots for the second straight game. Jerome Samson had a goal and two assists and Brenden Kichton scored his first pro goal and added a helper. Ben Chiarot, Kael Mouillierat and Will O’Neill each had two assists. Eddie Pasquale was busy in picking up his first win, stopping 36-of-37 shots including 28 in the final two periods.


First Things First: It was a week of firsts for several young IceCaps. On Friday, both Adam Lowry and JC Lipon scored their first professional goals, while Brenden Kichton scored his first pro goal a night later.

Pardy Time: Veteran defenceman Adam Pardy was assigned to St. John’s from the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. The Bonavista native participated in his first practice with the IceCaps on Tuesday morning. The former Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres rearguard will wear number 2 with St. John’s. The 29-year-old has never played a pro game at Mile One Centre.

IceCaps Hand Out A’s: Fan favourite John Albert and veteran newcomer Andrew Gordon were appointed assistant captains for the 2013-14 campaign prior to the season’s opening series vs. Providence last weekend.

INJURY UPDATE: Kris Fredheim (undisclosed), Zach Redmond (lower body), Blair Riley (undisclosed)

TRANSACTIONS: OCT 10: St. John’s signs D Zach Bell to an AHL contract | OCT 7: St. John’s assigns D Cody Sol to Ontario (ECHL) OCT 6: Winnipeg assigns D Adam Pardy to St. John’s | OCT 4: St. John’s signs D Cody Lampl, D Jordan Hill and D Travis Ehrhardt to PTOs

Puck drop: 9:00 PM NT
Watch: Rogers TV, AHL Live
Listen:, 930AM

LAST SEASON: The IceCaps faced off against the Bulldogs eight times in 2012-13, winning four of those meetings. St. John’s went just 1-3-0-0 at Copps Coliseum, allowing four goals or more in all three losses. In their last meeting on April 19, Jussi Olkinuora made his pro debut in a 4-2 loss, stopping 22-of-25 shots.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (amongst returning players;  with 2012-13 stats):
STJ: Jason Jaffray 7 PTS (2G, 5A) | Eric O’Dell 6 PTS (3G, 3A) | Kael Mouillierat 4 PT (2G, 2A) | Eddie Pasquale (1-1-0, 1.69 GAA)
HAM: Gabriel Dumont 5 PTS (3G, 2A) | Patrick Holland 4 PT (1G, 3A) | Mike Blunden 3 PTS (1G, 2A) | Robert Mayer (3-2-0, 3.18 GAA)

SEASON OPENER: Though the AHL schedule got underway last weekend, the Bulldogs have yet to play a game and will open their 2013-14 season at home against the IceCaps Friday night.

NOTES: The Bulldogs feature a pair of forwards formerly in the Jets organization. Maxime Macenauer spent parts of two seasons with St. John’s in 2012 and 2013, playing in 77 total games. In 2012-13, Macenauer recorded 22 points (11G, 11A) and 57 penalty minutes with a -29 rating before signing with Hamilton in the offseason. Akim Aliu, a former Chicago Blackhawks draft pick who was obtained by the Atlanta Thrashers in a trade that included current Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien, was dealt to the Calgary Flames organization by Winnipeg in 2012 for John Negrin.

TRANSACTIONS: OCT 9: Montreal assigns RW Steve Quailer to Hamilton; recalls D Nathan Beaulieu from Hamilton

Puck drop: 4:30 PM NT
Watch: Rogers TV, AHL Live
Listen:, 930AM

LAST SEASON: The IceCaps struggled against the North Division champion Toronto Marlies last season with a 2-4-1-1 record against their Canadian rivals. The teams met for the final two 2012-13 regular season games on April 20 and 21 at Ricoh Coliseum, with each team taking a 4-3 shootout decision. Eric O’Dell torched the Marlies for 11 points, including seven goals, in the eight contests.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (2012-13 stats):
STJ: Eric O’Dell 11 PTS (7G, 4A) | Kael Mouillierat 7 PTS (2G, 5A) | Josh Lunden 6 PTS (2G, 4A) | Eddie Pasquale (1-3-1, 3.29 GAA)
TOR: Spencer Abbott 7 PTS (4G, 3A) | Jerry D’Amigo 3 PTS (2G, 1A) | Kenny Ryan 3 PTS (2G, 1A) | Garret Sparks (3-2-0, 2.53 GAA)

FAST START: The Marlies enter the weekend having won their first two games of 2013-14. Toronto defeated the defending Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins last Saturday with a 4-3 overtime win that saw defenceman T.J. Brennan notch a hat-trick and assist on the game-winning goal. The following afternoon, the Marlies blasted the Lake Erie Monsters 5-1 on the strength of Trevor Smith’s three-point effort, including a pair of tallies.

AWARD WINNER: Defenceman T.J. Brennan won CCM/AHL Player of the Week honours for his six-point effort (4G, 2A) in the AHL’s opening week of action. For his terrific play, Brennan was rewarded with a recall to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

TRANSACTIONS: OCT 9: Toronto (NHL) recalls F David Broll, F Josh Leivo and D T.J. Brennan from Toronto (AHL); assigns F Jamie Devane and F Trevor Smith to Toronto (AHL)

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