Preview: IceCaps visit Crunch, Senators
By Chris Doyle
The St. John’s IceCaps will look to get back on track this weekend as they continue their seven-game road swing with stops in Syracuse and Binghamton.
St. John’s has lost two straight and three-of-four overall on the trip, including a 5-1 trouncing at the hands of the Senators Tuesday night. Trailing just 2-1 going into the third period despite a dismal second frame, the IceCaps surrendered three goals in the final 20 minutes. Goaltender Eddie Pasquale was sharp through two periods but received little help in the final frame, suffering his seventh loss of the season.
Saturday’s matchup in Syracuse marks the first time forward Maxime Macenauer will play against his former mates. Back on February 12, Macenauer was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks for forward Riley Holzapfel. Macenauer played 13 games for the Crunch this season, collecting four goals and two assists for six points. The Laval native has yet to register a point with the IceCaps.
Holzapfel, meanwhile, has been on fire since the trade. In seven games with Syracuse, Holzapfel has notched seven points (2g, 5a) with a plus-1 rating. During his time with the IceCaps, the 23-year-old centre managed 15 points in 29 games and missed more than two months after suffering a facial injury in a practice in late November.
The season series stands at 1-1 after the teams split a two-game series in St. John’s back in early December. On Dec. 6, the IceCaps used a four-goal second period to beat the Crunch 4-3. The following night, Kyle Palmieri’s hat trick was enough to propel the visiting team to a 5-3 triumph.
Sunday the IceCaps revisit the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton to take on the Senators for the second time this week.
Newly acquired goaltender Ben Bishop, picked up by the Ottawa Senators from the St. Louis Blues, was the story for Binghamton earlier this week. The six-foot-seven inch netminder turned aside 41 shots in his Senators debut, while veteran Corey Locke contributed with three points (1g, 2a) in the win.
St. John’s leads the season series 2-1, with Sunday’s contest being the final meeting between the teams this season. Jason Jaffray (3g, 1a) and Jason DeSantis (0g, 4a) lead the club with four points each in the three games against the Senators.
Catch all the action with play-by-play broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador. Saturday’s game begins at 9:00 p.m. while Sunday’s tilt gets underway at 6:35 p.m. (all times Newfoundland). Pregame show starts a half hour before puck drop.