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HISTORY


The IceCaps face the Crunch in the club’s first ever playoff series.

Since their inaugural season in 1994-95, the Crunch have earned a postseason berth nine times, reaching the conference finals once in the 1995-96 season. Syracuse’s career playoff record is 31-38. This is the team’s first playoff appearance since the 2008-09 season.

SEASON SERIES


ICECAPS: 1-2-0-1
CRUNCH: 3-1-0-0

Dec. 6: W 4-3 at St. John’s (Recap | Box Score)
Dec. 7: L 5-3 at St. John’s (Recap | Box Score)
Mar. 3: L 6-4 at Syracuse (Recap | Box Score)
Mar. 23: L 5-4 (SO) at Syracuse (Recap | Box Score)

WHO TO WATCH


ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS

#4 Paul Postma
An AHL First-Team All Star in 2011-12, Postma has played just once since suffering a lower body injury in a game on Mar. 18. When healthy, the mobile, puck-moving defenceman is an integral part of the IceCaps’ third ranked power play, as the threat of his hard shot draws defenders towards the middle of the ice. His 13 goals were the third highest total amongst AHL defenceman.

#10 Spencer Machacek & #28 Patrice Cormier
Tied for second on the team with 18 goals, Machacek and Cormier return to the IceCaps after a brief stint with the Winnipeg Jets. Machacek was tremendous for the parent club in his 11-game stint, recording nine points (2g, 7a), and his 50 points in 61 games for the IceCaps were just three shy of his career high. Cormier started the season slowly but was a force right before his call-up in early April, scoring a pair of goals in the IceCaps’ division-clinching victory at Hershey on Mar. 31.

#39 Brock Trotter
Obtained on loan in a trade with the Portland Pirates back on Mar. 3, Trotter has suited up for just two games with the IceCaps but brings a proven playoff pedigree to the Atlantic Division champions. The offensively-gifted forward scored 19 points in 19 playoff games with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the 2009-10 postseason, guiding them to a conference finals appearance. Trotter could see time with the aforementioned Machacek and Cormier, giving the line another dangerous scorer.

SYRACUSE CRUNCH

#21 Kyle Palmieri, #22 Peter Holland &  #19 Patrick Maroon
The lifeblood of the Crunch’s offence, the trio of Palmieri, Holland and Maroon combined for 88 goals and 192 points in the regular season. Appearing together for much of the season, the line boasts size (Maroon is listed at 6’4, 225 pounds) and scoring ability (Palmieri and Maroon accounted for 55 goals, second most of any two teammates in the AHL) and should be a handful for the defence corps of the IceCaps. Palmieri’s 33 goals tied him for third in the league despite playing in just 51 games; the sniper also managed four goals in 18 games with the Anaheim Ducks.

#26 Riley Holzapfel
Holzapfel is someone IceCaps fans are plenty familiar with already. The offensive forward began the season in St. John’s, notching 15 points in 29 games but missing several months after suffering a facial injury during a practice in late November. Holzapfel was then traded by Winnipeg to Anaheim for forward Max Macenauer (currently injured for the IceCaps) and has blossomed since the deal, recording 22 points in 28 games for Syracuse while showing more of an edge with 34 minutes in penalties. Expect the Regina native to be motivated facing his former club.

GOALTENDING


ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS

#40 Eddie Pasquale
The IceCaps’ rookie netminder is coming off a stellar regular season in which he was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team after posting a 23-12-1 record with a 2.41 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage and four shutouts in 38 games. Since the middle of January, the Toronto native has gone 16-8-1 with a 2.15 goals-against average as the IceCaps primary goaltender. Pasquale also won Reebok/AHL Player of the Week honours for the period ending Feb. 12, finishing the week with a 3-0-0 record with a 1.32 goals-against average and a .954 save percentage.

SYRACUSE CRUNCH

#35 Iiro Tarkki
Tarkki was a workhorse for Syracuse, appearing in 50 of the team’s 76 games going 24-17-4 with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage with two shutouts. The Finland native enters the series on a hot streak, winning 13 of his last 15 decisions and sporting a 4-1-0 record with a 1.37 goals-against average and a .956 save percentage in his last five outings.

 

 BY THE NUMBERS

ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS

First place, Atlantic Division

Second place, Eastern Conference

SYRACUSE CRUNCH

Fourth place, East Division

Seventh place, Eastern Conference

RECORDS

Overall record: 43-25-5-3 (94 PTS)
Home record:20-15-3-0
Road record: 23-10-2-3
One-goal games: 19-4-5-3
Scoring first: 28-7-1-2
Opponent scoring first: 15-18-4-1
Outshooting opponent: 30-17-4-1
Outshot: 12-7-1-2

BY MONTH

October: 5-2-3-0
November: 7-2-1-0
December: 7-3-0-1
January: 8-4-1-0
February: 6-3-0-1
March: 7-7-0-1
April: 3-4-0-0

POWER PLAY

Overall: 20.6% (73/355) – 3rd
Home: 19.4% (36/186) – 10th
Road: 21.9% (37/169) – 3rd

PENALTY KILL

Overall: 82.8% (260/314, 54 GA) – 13th
Home: 77.6% (111/143, 32 GA) – 29th
Road: 87.1% (149/171, 22 GA) – 2nd

LEADERS

Points: Machacek (50)
Goals: King (22)
Assists: Machacek/DeSantis (32)

RECORDS

Overall record: 37-29-5-5 (84 PTS)
Home record: 19-14-3-2
Road record: 18-15-2-3
One-goal games: 19-11-5-5
Scoring first: 26-5-2-5
Opponent scoring first: 11-24-3-0
Outshooting opponent: 17-15-2-3
Outshot: 17-12-3-2

BY MONTH

October: 4-3-1-1
November: 5-4-1-0
December: 5-6-1-0
January: 5-4-0-2
February: 3-8-1-1
March: 11-2-1-1
April: 4-2-0-0

POWER PLAY

Overall: 19.0% (63/332) – 9th
Home: 20.6% (35/170) – 4th
Road: 17.3% (28/162) – 14th

PENALTY KILL

Overall: 77.5% (265/342, 77 GA) – 30th
Home: 81.0 % (128/158, 30 GA) – 25th
Road: 74.5% (137/184, 47 GA) – 30th

LEADERS

Points: Maroon (74)
Goals: Palmieri (33)
Assists: Maroon (42)

 

2011-12 Regular Season Series


 

  ST. JOHN’S SYRACUSE
Record 1-2-0-1 3-1-0-0
    at STJ 1-1-0-0 1-1-0-0
    at SYR 0-1-0-1 2-0-0-0
Goals 15 19
Power play 9/20 (45.0%) 6/21 (28.6%)
Scoring DeSantis: 4GP, 2G-4A-6P Palmieri: 3GP, 5G-3A-8P
  Gagnon: 4GP, 2G-4A-6P McMillan: 4GP, 3G-2A-5P
  King: 4GP, 2G-3A-5P Holland: 4GP, 1G-4A-5P
Goaltending Pasquale: 0-1-1, 2.29 GAA Bobkov: 1-0-0, 1.06 GAA
  Aebischer: 1-1-0, 5.19 GAA Deslauriers: 1-0-0, 3.00 GAA
  Tarkki: 1-1-0, 5.20 GAA


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