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Preview: IceCaps wrap up road trip vs. Pirates, Sharks Posted by IceCaps on

FRIDAY, NOV. 1
ICECAPS (4-5-1-0, 9 PTS | 3rd Place, Atlantic) AT PIRATES (2-4-0-1, 5 PTS | 4th Place, Atlantic)
Puck Drop: 8:30 PM NT
Watch: AHL Live
Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

The IceCaps look for back-to-back wins over the Portland Pirates Friday in Lewiston, Maine at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée.

LAST GAME: Carl Klingberg fired two goals and added an assist as the IceCaps dominated the Pirates 5-1 Wednesday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée. Andrew Gordon, John Albert and Jason Jaffray all collected a goal and an assist for the IceCaps, while Brenden Kichton had two helpers. Eddie Pasquale stopped 32 shots for his fourth win of the season. | RECAP

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for St. John’s: Jerome Samson, Zach Redmond, Josh Lunden, Adam Lowry and Ian O’ConnorKyle MacKinnon’s assist was his first point as an IceCap…Andrew Gordon’s goal tied him with Eric O’Dell for the team lead (five). Gordon has a four-game point streak…St. John’s went 1-for-7 on the power play and killed off all six Portland power plays… The IceCaps outshot the Pirates 39-33… St. John’s scored three goals while playing 4-on-4 but was shut out in a pair of 5-on-3 power plays… The IceCaps have registered three 5-1 victories this season… Jason Jaffray has a power play goal in back-to-back games… Prior to the contest, the Winnipeg Jets re-assigned forward Patrice Cormier to the IceCaps. Cormier did not register a point in three games played with the parent club… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Klingberg, 2. Kichton 3. Gordon… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Julian Melchiori.

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 four meetings overall, including a two-game sweep at Mile One Centre on April 9 and 10 of last season. 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. St. John’s is 9-7-0-1 vs. Portland all-time (4-4-0-1 on the road).

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)

NOTABLE STAT: G Mark Visentin has started each of the last five matchups vs. St. John’s, winning just once. He has allowed 15 goals in those four losses, including four in 34 minutes Wednesday before being replaced by Louis Domingue.

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 30: Winnipeg re-assigns F Patrice Cormier to St. John’s | OCT 29: Winnipeg recalls D Ben Chiarot from St. John’s | OCT 23: St. John’s signs F Ian O’Connor to a PTO

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.

PIRATES RECENT TRANSACTIONS: OCT 29: Portland recalls G Louis Domingue from Gwinnett (ECHL) | 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

SATURDAY, NOV. 2
ICECAPS (4-5-1-0, 9 PTS | 3rd Place, Atlantic) AT SHARKS (2-3-0-0, 4 PTS | 5th Place, Atlantic)
Puck Drop: 8:30 PM NT
Watch: AHL Live
Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

The IceCaps meet the Worcester Sharks Saturday at DCU Center for the first of 10 matchups this season. St. John’s will play four of its next six games against Worcester, including a three-game series at Mile One Nov. 13, 15 and 16.

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps split four meetings with the Sharks last season but won both road contests with 3-2 and 5-4 overtime victories at DCU Center. Ben Maxwell scored twice, including the game-winner, as St. John’s edged Worcester 5-4 in their last meeting on Mar. 30. All-time, the IceCaps are 7-5-0-0 vs. Worcester and have not lost in six games at DCU Center.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (returning players with 2012-13 stats):
STJ: Jason Jaffray 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | John Albert 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Will O’Neill 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Eddie Pasquale (1-2-0, 3.70)
WOR: Bracken Kearns 7 PTS (4G, 3A) | Daniil Tarasov 6 PTS (3G, 3A) | Taylor Doherty 3 PTS (1G, 2A) | Harri Sateri (2-1-0, 1.62)

NOTABLE STAT: Daniil Tarasov notched six points in just three games vs. St. John’s last season, including back-to-back game-winning tallies on Feb. 5 and 6 at Mile One Centre.

SHARKS RECENT ACTION: WOR 3 SPR 1 | Daniil Tarasov recorded the first Worcester Sharks hat trick in 263 games as the Sharks (2-3-0-0, 4pts) gave the Springfield Falcons (5-1-0-1, 11pts) their 1st regulation loss of the season at the MassMutual Center on last Saturday night. Tarasov extended his point streak to four games (5-2-7) with three goals and Bracken Kearns extended his point streak to five games (2-7-9) with two assists.  Harri Sateri made 17 saves in his 1st win of the season as the Sharks won their first road game of the season.

SHARKS RECENT TRANSACTIONS: None

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