Preview: IceCaps visit Pirates in Lewiston Posted by IceCaps on
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30
ICECAPS (3-5-1-0, 7 PTS | 3rd Place, Atlantic) AT PIRATES (2-3-0-1, 5 PTS | 4th Place, Atlantic)
Puck Drop: 8:30 PM NT
Watch: AHL Live
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The IceCaps continue their six-game Atlantic Division road trip with the first of two games against the Portland Pirates tonight at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. Wednesday marks the first 12 meetings between the IceCaps and Pirates this season.
LAST GAME: Playing their third game in less than 72 hours, the IceCaps fell 5-2 to the Providence Bruins Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI. Matt Fraser scored twice, including the game-winner 50 seconds into the third period, and Niklas Svedberg made 32 saves. Joe Morrow had a goal and an assist. For St. John’s, Eddie Pasquale stopped 35-of-39 shots in a terrific effort. Jason Jaffray and Eric O’Dell scored in a losing cause.| RECAP
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: St. John’s went 4-4-0-0 vs. Portland last season but just 1-3-0-0 on the road. In their only visit to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, the IceCaps fell 6-1 on Feb. 17. However, St. John’s has won the last three meetings overall, including a two-game sweep at Mile One Centre on April 9 and 10. G Eddie Pasquale started just two-of-eight games vs. the Pirates last season and was on the wrong end of a shutout both times. G Mark Visentin has started each of the last four games vs. St. John’s, winning just once.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for St. John’s: Jerome Samson, Zach Redmond, Josh Lunden, Adam Lowry, Travis Ehrhardt, Austen Brassard… St. John’s went 2-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill… G Eddie Pasquale has started seven of the IceCaps’ nine games this season… Eric O’Dell (1G, 3A) and Will O’Neill (3A) have three-game point streaks… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Matt Fraser, 2. Joe Morrow, 3. David Warsofsky… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Andrew Gordon.
INJURY UPDATE: Zach Redmond (lower body, day-to-day), Adam Lowry (undisclosed, day-to-day), Jerome Samson (undisclosed, did not make trip), Josh Lunden (undisclosed)
TRANSACTIONS: OCT 29: Winnipeg recalls D Ben Chiarot from St. John’s | OCT 23: St. John’s signs F Ian O’Connor to a PTO
FREDHEIM RETURNS: Kris Fredheim (+2, 1 shot) made his IceCaps debut in their 3-2 win over Manchester last Friday. Fredheim had missed the first six games with a lower body injury but suited up for all three games this past weekend.
NEW JERSEY EN ROUTE TO ST. JOHN’S: The IceCaps announced last week they will unveil a third jersey on Friday, Nov. 8 to be worn at home on various occasions throughout the season. Starting Monday, October 28th, the IceCaps will release one photo a day on Instagram to give hints about what the jersey will look like. Fans are encouraged to “like” and share the IceCaps fan page on Facebook with others. If the IceCaps reach 20,000 fans, images and details regarding the entire uniform design will be released early and replica jerseys will be made available for purchase, prior to November 8th.
HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (returning players with 2012-13 stats):
STJ: Eric O’Dell 7 PTS (4G, 3A) | Josh Lunden 5 PTS (2G, 3A) | Kael Mouillierat 5 PTS (1G, 4A) | Eddie Pasquale (1-2-0, 3.47)
POR: Brendan Shinnimin 7 PTS (3G, 4A) | Chris Brown 6 PTS (5G, 1A) | Phil Lane 5 PTS (2G, 3A) | Mike Lee (1-0-0, 1.00)
PIRATES RECENT ACTION: POR 5 ALB 2 | Brett Hextall scored twice and Mark Visentin made 34 saves in net as the Portland Pirates defeated the Albany Devils 5-2 on Saturday night in Albany. The Pirates also received goals from Gilbert Brulé, Jordan Martinook, and Jordan Szwarz, along with another assist from Daine Todd in the victory.
TRANSACTIONS: OCT 28: Phoenix recalls RW Jordan Szwarz from Portland; Portland signs D Randy Jones to a PTO | OCT 27: Phoenix recalls C Andy Miele from Portland; reassigns RW Brandon Yip to Portland | OCT 25: Phoenix recalls C Tim Kennedy from Portland