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St. John’s just four points back with key home stand on tap

At the unofficial midpoint of the 2012-13 American Hockey League season, the St. John’s IceCaps find themselves in a battle for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. The IceCaps split four games on the road this past week, winning in Binghamton and Hershey but falling to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Syracuse. The club concluded its six-game road trip with a respectable 3-2-0-1 record and now returns to Mile One to open up a six-game home stand, beginning with a pair of games against the Senators this Friday and Saturday.

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WEEK IN REVIEW:

Monday, January 21 – St. John’s IceCaps 3 Binghamton Senators 2
Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena – Binghamton, NY
St. John’s Goals:               Macenauer (8), Mouillierat (3), Gregoire (7)
Binghamton Goals:         Zibanejad (4), Grant (13)
Goaltending:                     STJ – Pasquale (W – 34 shots, 32 saves) / BNG – Lawson (L – 39 shots, 36 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 1/5 | BNG 0/5
Three Stars:                        1) STJ – Eddie Pasquale 2) BNG – Nathan Lawson 3) BNG – Mika Zibanejad
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Jason Gregoire
Attendance:                       3,129

Photo: JustSports Photography

The St. John’s IceCaps came away with a big 3-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators in a rare Monday night game at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

Kael Mouillierat and Jason Gregoire scored in the final frame while Eddie Pasquale was sharp once again, making 32 saves for his 11th victory of the season.

Jason Jaffray extended his scoring streak to four games with his assist in the first period as the IceCaps won their second straight and extended their point streak to four games.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

Wednesday, January 23 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3 St. John’s IceCaps 0
Mohegan Sun Arena – Wilkes-Barre, PA
St. John’s Goals:               None
WBS Goals:                        Grant (2), Samuelsson (2), Holzapfel (12)
Goaltending:                     STJ – Pasquale (L – 12 shots, 9 saves), Carrozzi (6 shots, 6 saves) / WBS – Thiessen (W – 26 shots, 26 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 0/2 | WBS 1/4
Three Stars:                        1) WBS – Brad Thiessen 2) WBS – Riley Holzapfel 3) WBS – Trevor Smith
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Dean Arsene
Attendance:                       4,203

Photo: AFC Media

The St. John’s IceCaps were blanked 3-0 by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena, snapping the team’s season-high four game point streak.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored all three goals in the first period and capitalized on a tired IceCaps team, which was playing its fourth game in six nights. Former IceCap Riley Holzapfel notched a goal and an assist while goaltender Brad Thiessen stopped all 26 shots he faced.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

Friday, January 25 – St. John’s IceCaps 3 Hershey Bears 1
Giant Center – Hershey, PA
St. John’s Goals:               Cormier (2), Maxwell (3), Sawada (9)
Hershey Goals:                 DiSalvatore (12)
Goaltending:                     STJ – Pasquale (W – 27 shots, 26 saves) / HER – Grubauer (L – 27 shots, 25 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 1/5 | HER 1/3
Three Stars:                        1) STJ – Ben Maxwell 2) STJ – Eddie Pasquale 3) HER – Philipp Grubauer
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Derek Meech
Attendance:                       9,103

Photo: JustSports Photography

The St. John’s IceCaps rebounded from an ugly loss to best the Hershey Bears 3-1 in AHL action Friday night at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA.

After losing 3-0 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Wednesday night in subpar performance all around, St. John’s outplayed Hershey for the majority of the game and took a valuable two points, keeping pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Ben Maxwell scored the eventual game-winner late in the second period while Eddie Pasquale bounced back with a 26-save performance for his 12th win of the season. Just two nights earlier, Pasquale was pulled after allowing three goals on 12 shots, but showed no ill effects Friday in guiding his team to victory.

Patrice Cormier and Ray Sawada each had a goal and an assist for St. John’s, which played a sound defensive game and capitalized on the chances it needed to in order to win the game.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

Saturday, January 28 – Syracuse Crunch 6 St. John’s IceCaps 3
Onondaga War Memorial Arena – Syracuse, NY
St. John’s Goals:               Arsene (1), Mouillierat (4), Cormier (3)
Syracuse Goals:                Killorn (14, 15), Wyman (4), Wilson (1), Cote (1), Panik (19)
Goaltending:                     STJ – Pasquale (16 shots, 14 saves), Dekanich (L – 25 shots, 22 saves) / SYR – Tokarski (18 shots, 15 saves), Helenius (W – 15 shots, 15 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 1/5 | SYR 2/5
Three Stars:                        1) SYR – Patrick Killorn 2) SYR – Richard Panik 3) STJ – Kael Mouillierat
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Eddie Pasquale
Attendance:                       5,714

Photo: Scott Thomas

The St. John’s IceCaps fell victim to the Syracuse Crunch 6-3 Saturday night in a wild game at Onondaga War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY.

Both teams traded blows with goals and fists in a game that saw the teams combine for nine goals and 90 minutes in penalties with three lead changes.

Alex Killorn had two goals and an assist, including the game-winner early in the third period, while Richard Panik had a goal and two assists. Mark Barberio and Tyler Johnson each had a pair of helpers for Syracuse.

For St. John’s, Kael Mouillierat had a goal and an assist while Patrice Cormier and Dean Arsene scored the other goals.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:  All Times NL (practices not open to the public)
Tuesday, January 29th                     No practice (All-Star Break)
Wednesday, January 30th             No practice (All-Star Break)
Thursday, January 31st                   Practice: 10:00 a.m. (Mile One Centre)
Friday, February 1st                         Pre-game skate: 10:00 a.m. (Mile One Centre)
St. John’s IceCaps vs. Binghamton Senators: 7:30 p.m. (Mile One Centre)
Saturday, February 2nd                   Pre-game skate: 10:00 a.m. (Mile One Centre)
St. John’s IceCaps vs. Binghamton Senators: 7:30 p.m. (Mile One Centre)
Sunday, February 3rd                      Off-day

ATLANTIC DIVISION STANDINGS

(As of Monday, January 28, 2013)

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

Portland Pirates

43

25

16

1

1

52

.605

127

130

Providence Bruins

41

22

16

0

3

47

.573

105

111

Manchester Monarchs

44

21

19

2

2

46

.523

123

116

Worcester Sharks

42

20

17

1

4

45

.536

107

123

St. John’s IceCaps

44

19

22

1

2

41

.466

104

128

 

ICE-CAPSules

A Closer Look: Despite the difference in record between last season and this season at the All-Star break, the IceCaps have allowed one fewer goal this year (128) compared to last year (129) through 44 games.

Inked: F Kael Mouillierat was rewarded for his strong play with an AHL contract last Friday. The 25-year-old forward was originally signed to a 25-game tryout contract back in early December but has proven that he belongs at the AHL level, notching 13 points (4G, 9A) in 22 games with St. John’s. The Edmonton native tied a team season-high with points in five consecutive games from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22.

Cormier Finding the Net: F Patrice Cormier appears to be rediscovering his scoring touch. After going pointless in eight games, the big pivot has scored a power play goal in back-to-back games and has three points during that span. Cormier has also fired 11 shots on goal over his past four contests compared to just three shots in his previous six games. Last season, Cormier finished tied for second on the IceCaps in goals with 18.

Eddie Goes Wild: G Eddie Pasquale participated in the first fight by an IceCaps goaltender Saturday night when he squared off against Syracuse’s Dustin Tokarski in an all-netminders’ tilt at centre ice. Pasquale was assessed 27 minutes in penalties on the play, which set a new club record for most penalty minutes by a player in a single game. The previous record was held by Garth Murray, who notched 25 penalty minutes on Feb. 4, 2012 vs. WOR.

Injury Report: G Mark Dekanich returned to game action last Saturday when he was forced to take over after Eddie Pasquale was assessed a game misconduct for fighting. Dekanich had missed the previous seven games with a hamstring injury. Currently injured: F Jason King (head), Aaron Gagnon (undisclosed), Shawn Weller (finger), Ivan Telegin (undisclosed) and Hunter Tremblay (concussion-like symptoms).

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
January 28                           St. John’s (AHL) re-assigns G Chris Carrozzi to Ontario (ECHL)
January 25                           St. John’s (AHL) signs F Kael Mouillierat to an AHL contract

 

ICECAPS SEASON LEADERS

Goals Spencer MachacekRay Sawada

Eric O’Dell

9

Assists Jason Jaffray

17

Points Jason Jaffray

23

+/- Carl Klingberg

+8

PIMS Dean Arsene

66

Wins Eddie Pasquale

12

GAA Eddie Pasquale

2.58

SV% Eddie Pasquale

.916

GP Eddie Pasquale

30

 

COORS LIGHT THREE STARS LEADERBOARD

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

Player :

Points :

Eddie Pasquale

23

Mark Dekanich

12

Jason Jaffray

12

 

MARY BROWN’S HARDEST WORKING PLAYER STANDINGS:

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

Player:

Points:

Jason Jaffray

4

Spencer Machacek

3

Max Macenauer

3

Ben Chiarot

3

Derek Meech

3

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, February 1, 7:30 PM                                         St. John’s IceCaps vs. Binghamton Senators
Saturday, February 2, 7:30 PM                                   St. John’s IceCaps vs. Binghamton Senators
Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 PM                                    St. John’s IceCaps vs. Worcester Sharks
Wednesday, February 6, 7:30 PM                             St. John’s IceCaps vs. Worcester Sharks
Saturday, February 9, 7:30 PM                                   St. John’s IceCaps vs. Connecticut Whale
Sunday, February 10, 4:00 PM                                    St. John’s IceCaps vs. Connecticut Whale

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