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Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday Mar. 1
SENATORS (33-16-1-3, 70 PTS | 1st Place, East) at ICECAPS (32-19-1-3, 68 PTS | 2nd Place, Atlantic)
Puck Drop: 7:30 PM NT | Watch: AHL Live | Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

Coming off another successful road trip, the St. John’s IceCaps return home to Mile One Centre for a seven-game home stand, starting with a pair of games against the Binghamton Senators on Friday and Saturday.

After going winless in the first two games of their most recent six-game road trip, the IceCaps are currently riding a four-game winning streak, winning a pair of games against the Portland Pirates and the Worcester Sharks. The IceCaps haven’t lost since a 4-3 shootout defeat at the hands of the Manchester Monarchs on Feb. 16.

LAST GAME: Goaltender Tyler Beskorowany survived his first start as a member of the IceCaps and finished the game with 31 saves as the IceCaps downed the Portland Pirates 6-5 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Sunday, Feb. 23.

With the Pirates holding a 3-1 lead heading into the third period thanks to goals from Tobias Rieder, Brandon McMillan and Brandon Yip, the IceCaps offense got going in a big way during the final frame.

John Albert notched his second of the game shorthanded just 16 seconds into the third period to cue the comeback for St. John’s.

Blair Riley and Will O’Neill scored just over two minutes apart by the 8:44 mark of the third period and wouldn’t have to wait much longer for insurance. Jerome Samson added his 18th goal of the season at 10:35 before Kael Mouillierat scored the IceCaps’ fifth consecutive goal in the third period to put the game seemingly out of reach.

Chris Brown and Rieder each found the back of the net in the final minute but the IceCaps held on for the victory.

Beskorowany’s victory was his first in the American Hockey League since the 2011-12 season. The IceCaps’ third period onslaught was enough to chase Pirates’ starting netminder Mark Visentin from the game with just under ten minutes remaining. He would finish the game allowing five goals on 35 shots. His replacement, Louis Domingue, allowed one goal on seven shots in 8:46 of ice time.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for St. John’s: Josh Lunden, Ryan Schnell, Cody Lampl, Kris Fredheim, Austen Brassard, Eddie PasqualeKael Mouillierat returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with the flu… Kyle MacKinnon extended his point streak to four games (3G, 6A), all multi-point efforts… John Albert’s six shorthanded goals are three more than the next highest total in the AHL. Albert has five goals in his last five games… St. John’s has scored at least six goals in each of its last three trips to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. John Albert 2. Kyle MacKinnon 3. Tobias Rieder … Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Julian Melchiori.

TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 14: Tyler Beskorowany (G) Signed to PTO.

QUICK HITS: IceCaps forward John Albert played a big role in the team’s recent four-game winning streak and was rewarded for his efforts as he was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week, the first IceCap to win the honour this season. Albert notched five goals and an assist last week – including three shorthanded markers and one game-winner – to help the IceCaps to four consecutive road victories… Eric O’Dell saw his eight-game point streak snapped in the IceCaps’ victory over the Worcester Sharks on Feb. 22. He made up for it in his next game with a helper on Kael Mouillierat’s game-winner. He now has six points in seven games since his return to the IceCaps lineup on Feb. 9… The recent string of road wins is nothing new for the IceCaps, who rattled off a franchise record-tying six wins in a row, five of which came on the road, between Jan. 20 and Feb. 1. Coupled with their most recent streak, the IceCaps now sit atop the league in points earned on the road. The IceCaps have won 18 of the 30 games they have played away from home this season and have scored 102 goals while allowing just 89… The IceCaps’ offense played a big role in their current winning streak. The IceCaps outscored their opponents 21-12 over the last four games and haven’t lost by more than one goal since Feb. 9.

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps and Senators aren’t exactly familiar foes and have only met once thus far this season. On Nov. 30 in Binghamton, Jerome Samson and Eric O’Dell scored in the shootout as the IceCaps downed the Senators 4-3. Samson, Andrew Gordon and Carl Klingberg scored in regulation for the IceCaps, while Mike Hoffman, Stephane da Costa and David Dziurzynski replied for the Senators.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS:
STJ:  Jerome Samson 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Andrew Gordon 1 PT (1G) | (x) Jussi Olkinuora (1-0-0, 2.82 GAA, .923 SV%)
BNG: Mike Hoffman 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Fredrik Claesson 2 PTS (2A) | Andrew Hammond (0-0-1, 2.77 GAA, 0.925 SV%)

SENATORS RECENT ACTION: FEB 26: TOR 4 BNG 2 | The Toronto Marlies scored in the final minute of the first period and the opening minute of the second period as they rolled to a 4-2 win over the Binghamton Senators at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon.

Kenny Ryan and Jerry D’Amigo paced the Marlies to a 2-0 lead before the Senators’ Matt Puempel kept the game close with his 20th goal of the season.

Toronto’s Mike Duco and Binghamton’s Mark Stone traded goals in the second period before Josh Leivo’s empty net goal sealed the win for the Marlies.

Drew MacIntyre made 34 saves to earn the victory, while Andrew Hammond was solid in net for the Senators and made 25 saves.

TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 25:  Scott Greenham (G) Returned on loan to Elmira (ECHL). Feb. 23: Mike Hoffman (LW) Recalled from loan by Ottawa (NHL).

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