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Monday, December 17th, 2012                                                          

ICECAPS GET IT DONE ON THE ROAD

St. John’s rebounds with back-to-back road wins after being swept at home

What started out as a rough week for the IceCaps turned into something positive. After dropping two straight at home to the Hershey Bears, St. John’s went on the road and came away with two consecutive solid efforts, beating the Springfield Falcons 3-2 in overtime Saturday and defeating the Providence Bruins 4-0 Sunday afternoon, snapping a five-game losing streak. The team travels to Glens Falls, N.Y., to face the Adirondack Phantoms Wednesday before closing out its pre-Christmas schedule with stops in Hamilton and Toronto Friday and Saturday, respectively.

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WEEK IN REVIEW:

Tuesday, December 11 – Hershey Bears 2 St. John’s IceCaps 1
Mile One Centre – St. John’s, NL
St. John’s Goals:               Redmond (7)
Hershey Goals:                 DiSalvatore (8), Kundratek (8)
Goaltending:                     STJ – Dekanich (L – 22 shots, 20 saves) / HER – Holtby (W – 33 shots, 32 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 1/7 | HER 2/6
Three Stars:                        1) HER – Braden Holtby 2) STJ – Mark Dekanich 3) HER – Jon DiSalvatore
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Paul Postma
Attendance:                       6,287

The St. John’s IceCaps lost their fourth consecutive game with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Hershey Bears Tuesday night at Mile One Centre.

Braden Holtby made 32 saves, including several big stops in the final minutes with the IceCaps’ net empty, to pick up the win for Hershey. Zach Hamill and Jeff Taffe had two assists each while Tomas Kundratek scored the winning goal early in the third period. Zach Redmond scored the lone goal for St. John’s, while Mark Dekanich played a strong game between the pipes, making 20 saves but ultimately getting tagged with the loss.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

Wednesday, December 12 – Hershey Bears 4 St. John’s IceCaps 0
Mile One Centre – St. John’s, NL
St. John’s Goals:               None
Hershey Goals:                 Hamill (8), Berry (2), Beaudoin (2), DiSalvatore (9)
Goaltending:                     STJ – Dekanich (L – 25 shots, 21 saves) / HER – Holtby (W – 30 shots, 30 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 0/2 | HER 2/5
Three Stars:                        1) HER – Mike Carman 2) HER – Braden Holtby 3) HER – Jeff Taffe
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Aaron Gagnon
Attendance:                       6,287
 

The St. John’s IceCaps dropped their fifth straight game with a 4-0 loss to the Hershey Bears Wednesday at Mile One Centre. The Bears leave St. John’s having swept the two-game series.

Braden Holtby turned aside all 30 shots he faced while Jon DiSalvatore scored for the second straight game and added an assist. Ryan Potulny chipped in with a pair of helpers.

For St. John’s, Mark Dekanich got his second straight start in goal and took the loss once again, making 21 saves on 25 shots. Will O’Neill and Zach Redmond led the club with five shots apiece.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

Saturday, December 15 – St. John’s IceCaps 3 Springfield Falcons 2 (OT)
MassMutual Center – Springfield, MA
St. John’s Goals:               Machacek (5), Sawada (5), Telegin (3)
Springfield Goals:           Sean Collins (6), Ryan Johansen (9)
Goaltending:                     STJ – Pasquale (W – 23 shots, 21 saves) / SPR – York (L – 24 shots, 21 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 2/6 | SPR 0/3
Three Stars:                        1) STJ – Ivan Telegin 2) SPR – Ryan Johansen 3) SPR – Sean Collins
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Spencer Machacek
Attendance:                       3,706
 

Ivan Telegin scored the game-winner in overtime as the St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Springfield Falcons 3-2 Saturday night at MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA.

Telegin took a nice pass from Ben Chiarot and converted past Falcons goaltender Allen York for the decisive marker just 56 seconds into the extra frame to snap the IceCaps’ five-game losing streak.

Spencer Machacek notched a goal and an assist for St. John’s while Eddie Pasquale stopped 21-of-23 shots for his seventh win of the season.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

Sunday, December 16 – St. John’s IceCaps 4 Providence Bruins 0
Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, RI
St. John’s Goals:               Gagnon (1), Postma (5), Machacek (6), Gregoire (4)
Providence Goals:           None
Goaltending:                     STJ – Dekanich (W – 40 shots, 40 saves) / PRO – Hutchinson (L – 28 shots, 24 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 2/4 | PRO 0/4
Three Stars:                        1) STJ – Mark Dekanich 2) STJ – Aaron Gagnon 3) STJ – Paul Postma
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Derek Meech
Attendance:                       5,309
 

Mark Dekanich made 40 saves for his first shutout with the St. John’s IceCaps to lift his club to a 4-0 victory over the Providence Bruins Sunday afternoon at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Paul Postma had a goal and an assist while Aaron Gagnon’s first goal of the season 45 seconds into the first period was good enough for the game-winner. Spencer Machacek and Jason Gregoire also scored for St. John’s (13-14-0-1), which extended its winning streak to two games and snapped Providence’s streak of eight games with at least a point.

The IceCaps’ special teams units were clicking for the second straight day, going 2-for-4 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:  All Times NL (practices not open to the public)
Tuesday, December 18th               Travel to Glens Falls, NY
Practice: 2:30 p.m. (Glens Falls Civic Center)
Wednesday, December 19th        St. John’s IceCaps at Adirondack Phantoms: 8:30 p.m. (Glens Falls Civic Center)
Thursday, December 20th             Travel day
Friday, December 21st                    St. John’s IceCaps at Hamilton Bulldogs: 9:00 p.m. (Copps Coliseum)
Saturday, December 22nd             St. John’s IceCaps at Toronto Marlies: 4:30 p.m. (Ricoh Coliseum)
Sunday, December 23rd                 Christmas break

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION STANDINGS

(As of Monday, December 16, 2012)

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

Portland Pirates

27

15

10

1

1

32

.593

82

83

Providence Bruins

25

14

9

0

2

30

.600

61

69

Worcester Sharks

26

13

10

1

2

29

.558

72

78

Manchester Monarchs

27

12

11

2

2

28

.519

75

70

St. John’s IceCaps

28

13

14

0

1

27

.482

66

77

 

ICE-CAPSules

Unleashing the Power: The IceCaps scored a pair of power play goals in each of the last two games – both victories – which is the second time they have accomplished the feat in back-to-back games this season. In the eight contests that the IceCaps have scored at least two power play markers, the team is 7-1.

Who’s Hot: F Spencer Machacek has scored a goal in back-to-back games… F Ray Sawada has six points (3G, 3A) in his last seven games and has found the score sheet in two straight… D Derek Meech and F Kael Mouillierat have assists in consecutive games.

Off the Schneid: F Aaron Gagnon finally notched his first point of the season (an assist) in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime victory at Springfield and promptly followed that up with his first goal just 45 seconds into Sunday’s 4-0 win at Providence. Despite the lack of offensive production until recently, the veteran pivot has been one of the club’s better forwards during the past two weeks.

Help from the Farm: The IceCaps recalled forwards Ryan Schnell and Ray Kaunisto from Colorado (ECHL) this past week to help their depleted forward corps. Schnell played both games on the weekend and took part in the most spirited tilt of the season when he fought Falcons defenceman Dalton Prout in the first period of Saturday’s game. St. John’s also recalled D Cody Sol, who dressed last Wednesday vs. Hershey but was a healthy scratch this weekend.

Jaffray Back in Action: The IceCaps’ captain returned from injury for the second time this season when he suited up in Sunday’s contest in Providence against the Bruins. Jaffray had missed the previous five games with a shoulder injury. In 17 games this season, Jaffray has notched 12 points (3G, 9A) and a team-high plus-3 rating (tied with Ivan Telegin).

Injury Update: Joining the injury list this week was rookie D Julian Melchiori, who suffered a broken finger blocking a shot in Friday’s loss to the Falcons. The IceCaps now have nine players out due to injury, including Travis Ramsey (hand), Jason King (head), Alex Burmistrov (shoulder), Eric O’Dell (lower body), Jason Jaffray (shoulder), John Albert (upper body), Patrice Cormier (knee) and Hunter Tremblay (concussion-like symptoms).

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
December 17:                                    St. John’s (AHL) reassigns F Joey Sides to Colorado (ECHL)
December 13:                                    St. John’s (AHL) recalls F Ryan Schnell and F Ray Kaunisto from Colorado (ECHL)
December 11:                                    St. John’s (AHL) recalls D Cody Sol from Colorado (ECHL)

 

ICECAPS SEASON LEADERS

Goals Zach Redmond

7

Assists Derek Meech

12

Points Derek MeechSpencer Machacek

15

+/- Jason JaffrayIvan Telegin

+3

PIMS Dean Arsene

54

Wins Eddie Pasquale

7

GAA Eddie Pasquale

2.42

SV% Eddie Pasquale

.924

GP Eddie Pasquale

16

 

COORS LIGHT THREE STARS LEADERBOARD

(1st Star – 3 points, 2nd Star – 2 points, 3rd Star – 1 point)

Player :

Points :

Eddie Pasquale

15

Mark Dekanich

8

Jason Jaffray

7

Ray Sawada

7

 

MARY BROWN’S HARDEST WORKING PLAYER STANDINGS:

(1 point each win – Hardest working St. John’s IceCaps player)

Player:

Points:

Jason Jaffray

3

Spencer Machacek

3

Alex Burmistrov

2

Max Macenauer

2

Kevin Clark

2

Aaron Gagnon

2

Derek Meech

2

LISTEN TO EVERY ICECAPS GAME LIVE
Listen to every IceCaps game this season online at www.stjohnsicecaps.com by clicking the ‘Listen Live’ link on the homepage. Play-by-play broadcaster Brian Rogers brings you all the action on the ice, including a pregame show that starts 30 minutes before the drop of the puck. Fans can also listen on the radio at 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador. And, watch all the games streaming live online at www.ahllive.com!

NEXT HOME ACTION:
Friday, January 5, 7:30 PM                                            St. John’s IceCaps vs. Manchester Monarchs
Saturday, January 6, 7:30 PM                                      St. John’s IceCaps vs. Manchester Monarchs
Friday, January 11, 7:30 PM                                         St. John’s IceCaps vs. Toronto Marlies
Saturday, January 12, 7:30 PM                                    St. John’s IceCaps vs. Toronto Marlies

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