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PREVIEW: IceCaps tangle with Wolf Pack Posted by IceCaps on

Photo: Chris Rutsch

Photo: Chris Rutsch

Saturday, April 12th (7:30 PM NT) and Sunday, April 13th (4:00 PM NT)
ICECAPS (43-22-2-5, 93 PTS | 4th, Eastern Conference) vs. WOLF PACK (34-31-1-6, 75 PTS | 10th, Eastern Conference)
WATCH: Rogers TV, AHL Live | LISTEN LIVE: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

The St. John’s IceCaps wrap up their 2013-14 regular season home schedule with a pair of games versus the Hartford Wolf Pack this weekend at Mile One Centre, beginning Saturday night.

The IceCaps, who secured a spot in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs with their win on Tuesday, enter play Saturday with points in their last five games (2-0-1-2) and a five points cushion over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Following the weekend series, the IceCaps finish the season on the road next weekend with stops in Worcester (Friday, Apr. 18) and Portland (Saturday, Apr. 19).

LAST GAME: Led by a three-point night from Gabriel Dumont and Sven Andrighetto’s shootout winner, the Hamilton Bulldogs came from behind to edge the St. John’s IceCaps 4-3 Wednesday night at Mile One Centre.

Greg Pateryn, Drew Schiestel, and Mike Blunden scored for the Bulldogs in regulation, while Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves and another four in the shootout to post the win.

John Albert, Kyle MacKinnon, and Adam Lowry notched goals for the IceCaps, while Tyler Beskorowany turned aside 37-of-40 and 2-of-4 in the shootout in a losing effort. Jordan Hill added two assists as the IceCaps extended their point streak to five games.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for the IceCaps: Kael Mouillierat, Patrice Cormier, Austen Brassard, Eddie Pasquale… Cormier was recalled by the Winnipeg Jets just prior to Wednesday’s game… John Albert extended his goal-scoring streak to four straight games… St. John’s went 0-for-3 on the man advantage and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Gabriel Dumont 2. Jordan Hill 3. Mike Blunden… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Brenden Kichton.

INJURY UPDATE: Eddie Pasquale, Kael Mouillierat

TRANSACTIONS: Apr. 9: Patrice Cormier (C) recalled from loan by Winnipeg (NHL). Apr 6: Carl Klingberg recalled from loan by Winnipeg (NHL).

QUICK HITS: The IceCaps’ next win would set a new franchise single-season record with 44, and would best their current season-high for points (94), both set in the 2011-12 campaign… John Albert continued his torrid pace and stretched his goal-scoring streak to four games with his first period tally just 1:59 into Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout loss to Hamilton. Albert leads the AHL in goals with 19 (in just 18 games played) since Feb. 8… Andrew Gordon has notched a point in four straight games (1G, 5A) and has broken the club record for points in a season with 56. Eric O’Dell previously held the record with 55 in 2012-13… Jordan Hill, Wednesday’s second star, has four assists in his last four games… In the IceCaps 6-2 win over the Wolf Pack on Jan. 25, Kael Mouillierat notched a hat-trick and added an assist while finishing with an IceCaps season-high +5 rating… The IceCaps are 13-8-0-2 this season on Saturdays and 18-7-2-1 in the first of back-to-back games… St. John’s is scoreless in its last 23 power play opportunities. Its last power play goal came on Mar. 23 at Springfield… Hartford enters play Saturday riding a six-game winning streak but remains seven points back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps and Wolf Pack have squared off twice this season prior to the weekend series, both times at the XL Center in Hartford. The IceCaps had little trouble in either contest, coming away with a 6-2 win on Jan. 25 and a 6-1 victory on Mar. 21. While St. John’s has found success on the road versus the Hartford franchise (6-0-0-0 in three seasons), it sports a 2-2-0-0 mark at Mile One Centre.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS:
STJ: Kael Mouillierat 4 PTS (3G, 1A) | Will O’Neill 4 PTS (4A) | Tyler Beskorowany (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .963 SV%)
HFD: x Jesper Fast 2 PTS (2G) | Danny Syvret 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | David LeNeveu (0-1-0, 5.90 GAA, .774 SV%)

WOLF PACK RECENT ACTION: APR 9: HFD 2 WOR 1 | David LeNeveu made 35 saves, and Darroll Powe’s second-period goal was the game-winner Wednesday night at the DCU Center, as the Hartford Wolf Pack won their sixth straight game, a 2-1 victory over the Worcester Sharks. The victory, their sixth in a row, kept the Wolf Pack alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race with 75 points, seven back of eighth place.

WOLF PACK TRANSACTIONS: Apr. 10: Jason Missiaen (G) reassigned to Greenville (ECHL). Apr. 7: Jesper Fast (RW) recalled from loan by N.Y. Rangers.

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