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The IceCaps take on the Worcester Sharks Saturday night at DCU Center attempting to win their season-high fourth straight game.
St. John’s has won five of its last six games overall and is 3-1-0-0 on its current five-game road trip. Worcester, meanwhile, has lost three consecutive games in regulation and has fallen to 12th in the East, six points behind the Hershey Bears for the final playoff spot.
St. John’s is 17-16-0-1 away from home while Worcester is 13-13-1-4 at DCU Center.
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS (STJ leads season series 2-1-0-0): FEB 6: WOR 4 STJ 0 The Worcester Sharks blanked the IceCaps 4-0 to sweep the two-game series at Mile One Centre. John McCarthy scored twice and Harri Sateri stopped 21 shots for the shutout, while Tim Kennedy picked up a pair of helpers. Daniil Tarasov scored the game-winner for the second straight night with his second period tally. For St. John’s, Eddie Pasquale stopped 30 shots while Kael Mouillierat and Eric O’Dell led the way with four shots each. FULL RECAP | FEB 5: WOR 3 STJ 2 | NOV 3: STJ 3 WOR 2 (OT)
STJ: Jason Jaffray 3 PTS (2G, 1A) | Max Macenauer 3 PTS (1G, 2A) | Ray Sawada 3 PTS (3A) | Mark Dekanich (1-0-0, 1.85 GAA)
WOR: x Tim Kennedy 5 PTS (5A) | Bracken Kearns 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | Daniil Tarasov 3 PTS (3G) | Harri Sateri (2-1-0, 1.62 GAA)
ICECAPS LAST GAME: MAR 27: STJ 4 ALB 2 Aaron Gagnon scored twice to lead the IceCaps to a 4-2 triumph over the Albany Devils Wednesday night at Times Union Center in Albany, NY. Gagnon notched shorthanded and power play markers – extending his point streak to a franchise record 11 games – including the game-winner, while Jason Jaffray picked up three points, scoring a goal and adding two assists. Eric O’Dell had a goal and an assist, finding the back of the net for the sixth consecutive game, also a new club record. Ben Maxwell picked up a pair of assists and was given the nod as the Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player. Mark Dekanich made 21 saves for his fifth win in his last six starts. FULL RECAP
SHARKS LAST GAME: MAR 28: CT 3 WOR 0 The Sharks were shut out by the Connecticut Whale 3-0 on Thursday evening in front of 3,907 fans at the XL Center. Harri Sateri made 10 saves on 11 shots in his 11th straight start in goal for Worcester before he was run over by Whale forward and former Sharks player Brandon Mashinter early in the 2nd period and replaced by Thomas Heemskerk. The Sharks have dropped three straight games in regulation for the first time this season. (from sharksahl.com)
INJURY REPORT: Jason King (head), Hunter Tremblay (head), Ivan Telegin (head), Ryan Schnell (lower body), John Albert (hand), and Josh Godfrey (undisclosed).
QUICK HITS: F Aaron Gagnon set a new franchise record Wednesday when he recorded a point in his 11th straight game, surpassing Paul Postma’s 10-game point streak in December of 2011. Gagnon has 17 points (9G, 8A) in those 11 contests… F Eric O’Dell continued to extend his club-record goal streak Wednesday, scoring on a deflection to make it six consecutive games with a goal. O’Dell has 14 points (7G, 7A) during that span. His 21.4% shooting percentage is fourth in the AHL… The IceCaps have scored three shorthanded goals in the last six games. Gagnon has two of those markers while Max Macenauer has the other… The IceCaps have scored four goals or more in five of their last six games, all victories. The club is 13-1-0-1 when recording at least four goals this season… St. John’s is 6-5-0-0 all-time vs. Worcester and 5-0-0-0 at the DCU Center… Sharks G Harri Sateri is 2-1-0 with a 1.62 GAA and a .941 SV% vs. St. John’s this season but was injured in Thursday night’s game against Connecticut and is questionable for Saturday’s contest… Sharks D Matt Pelech is fifth in the AHL in penalty minutes (210) despite playing in just 49 games… The Sharks have been held to one goal or fewer in 21 of their 64 games this season (1-20-0-0 record in those games).
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