PREVIEW | IceCaps Rally In Red to Wrap Up Regular Season Play Versus Marlies St. John's looks to clinch post-season berth against Toronto Posted by Geneva Hayward on
By: Ryan Howell
FRIDAY, APRIL 14TH; SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH (7:30 PM NT)
St. John’s IceCaps (35-29-8-2 | 0.541 | 4th North) vs Toronto Marlies (41-28-4-1 | 0.588 | 1st North)
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The St. John’s IceCaps wrap up the 20th and final regular season of AHL hockey in St. John’s this weekend as they look to clinch a 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs spot against the arch rival Toronto Marlies. Former St. John’s Maple Leafs goaltender Felix Potvin and defenceman Guy Lehoux will be at Friday’s game and signing autographs during the first intermission.
Charlie Lindgren stopped all 25 shots he faced in his first game back after being reassigned by Montreal as the St. John’s IceCaps blanked the Utica Comets 1-0 and extended their shutout streak to two games. Josiah Didier scored the only goal of the game with just over two minutes to play in the second period. Thatcher Demko stopped 25 shots for Utica.
Apr. 12: G Zach Fucale reassigned to Brampton (ECHL); D Tim Billingsley released from PTO. Apr. 9: G Charlie Lindgren and D Brett Lernout reassigned to St. John’s. Apr. 8: F Guillaume Asselin recalled from Brampton (ECHL). Apr. 7: F Niki Petti signed to an ATO; D Tim Billingsley signed to a PTO.
The IceCaps magic number to clinch a playoff berth is 2. Chris Terry broke the IceCaps franchise record for points in a season last Friday in Albany with his 62nd point of the season. Terry has 65 points on the season and is one goal away from 150 regular season AHL goals. Niki Petti netted his first pro goal in his first pro game Friday against Albany. Zach Redmond has four points in the last three games. Max Friberg is one game shy of 275 regular season AHL games.
The Marlies are 8-2 in their past ten games. Kerby Rychel leads the Marlies in scoring with 52 points in 71 game. Brendan Leipsic has five points in the last five games. Cal O’Reilly picked up his 450th regular season AHL point Sunday against the Rochester Americans. Garret Sparks is 4-0 with two shutouts against St. John’s this season.
April 4th – 5-2 TOR
Max Friberg opened the scoring with 3:15 left in the first period, and Charles Hudon added another just 51 seconds into the second, but the Toronto Marlies rallied back with five unanswered goals to defeat the St. John’s IceCaps 5-2 in a rare school-day matinee game. Kerby Rychel had a pair for Toronto, and Frederik Gauthier, Justin Holl, and Brendan Leipsic also scored. Yann Danis made 29 saves for the IceCaps. Garret Sparks made 20 for the Marlies.