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The Rock Report: IceCaps wrap up first home stand Posted by IceCaps on

Club finishes week 2-2, begins road trip with three-in-three this weekend

The IceCaps continued their home stand with a pair of games each against the Portland Pirates and Norfolk Admirals, the two highest scoring teams in the AHL. After a wild 8-7 overtime victory Tuesday night, the IceCaps couldn’t muster any offence in a 4-0 defeat Wednesday. On the weekend, St. John’s played arguably its best and most complete game of the season in beating the Norfolk Admirals 3-2, snapping the Admirals’ league-record 32-game winning streak. However, the club could not carry the momentum over to Sunday’s contest, getting blanked for the second time in three games and losing 2-0. The club hits the road this weekend for the start of a five-game road trip, beginning with three divisional games: Friday in Portland, Saturday in Worcester and Sunday in Providence.

 

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Tuesday, October 23 – St. John’s IceCaps 8 Portland Pirates 7 (OT)
Mile One Centre – St. John’s, NL
St. John’s Goals:               Machacek (2, 3), King (1), Gregoire (1), Maxwell (1), O’Dell (1, 2), Burmistrov (1)
Portland Goals:                Klinkhammer (1, 2, 3), Brophey (1), Miele (3), Brown (1), Bolduc (3)
Goaltending:                     STJ – Dekanich (28 shots, 22 saves), Pasquale (W – 18 shots, 17 saves) / POR – Johnson (L – 30 shots, 22 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 2/4 | POR 0/2
Three Stars:                        1) POR – Rob Klinkhammer 2) STJ – Spencer Machacek 3) STJ – Alex Burmistrov
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Ben Maxwell
Attendance:                       6,287

Alex Burmistrov scored his first goal as an IceCap to give his team an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over the Portland Pirates in an unbelievable game Tuesday night at Mile One Centre.

Burmistrov and Ivan Telegin played give-and-go in the neutral zone before Burmistrov buried the game-winner at 1:03 of the extra frame past a shell-shocked Chad Johnson in the Pirates crease.

The teams combined for 15 goals and 76 shots in the contest, including four in the first 2:24 of the third period.

Ben Maxwell led the IceCaps with a goal and two assists while Eddie Pasquale came on in relief of starter Mark Dekanich and made 18 saves on 19 shots to pick up the win. Spencer Machacek and Eric O’Dell scored two goals apiece while Telegin, Will O’Neill and Derek Meech all recorded two assists each. Rob Klinkhammer notched a hat trick and five points for Portland, while Johnson took the loss, stopping just 22-of-30 shots fired his way.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

 

Wednesday, October 24 – Portland Pirates 4 St. John’s IceCaps 0
Mile One Centre – St. John’s, NL
St. John’s Goals:               None
Portland Goals:                Bolduc (4, 5), Hextall (2), Conner (5)
Goaltending:                     STJ –Pasquale (L – 19 shots, 15 saves) / POR –Johnson (27 shots, 27 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 0/5 | POR 1/5
Three Stars:                        1) POR – Alexandre Bolduc 2) POR – Chad Johnson 3) STJ – Jason Jaffray
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Jason Gregoire
Attendance:                       6,287

Chad Johnson made 25 saves and Alexandre Bolduc scored twice as the St. John’s IceCaps fell 4-0 to the Portland Pirates Wednesday night at Mile One Centre.

A night after the IceCaps scored eight times on Portland goaltender Chad Johnson, the26-year-old goalie stood tall in the rematch, stopping 25 shots in recording the shutout and picking up his first win of the season. On this night, the IceCaps couldn’t muster any offence in suffering their first shutout loss since March 29 at Norfolk and their first at home since March 18 versus Manchester. Eddie Pasquale started for St. John’s and made 15 saves in the loss, his third of the season.

Jason Jaffray returned to the lineup for St. John’s for the first time since suffering a season-ending injury last March in a game against the Norfolk Admirals. The captain, who had spinal fusion surgery during the summer, played on a line with Jason King and Max Macenauer recorded a shot on goal and did not shy away from the tough areas, even taking a hard hit from behind but skating away unharmed.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

 

Saturday, October 27 – St. John’s IceCaps 3 Norfolk Admirals 2
Mile One Centre – St. John’s, NL
St. John’s Goals:               Redmond (3), Jaffray (1), O’Dell (3)
Norfolk Goals:                  Smith-Pelly (1), Vatanen (2)
Goaltending:                     STJ –Dekanich (W – 30 shots, 28 saves) / NOR –Andersen (L – 43 shots, 40 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 1/5 | NOR 1/5
Three Stars:                        1) STJ – Jason Jaffray 2) STJ – Mark Dekanich 3) STJ – Eric O’Dell
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Hunter Tremblay
Attendance:                       6,287

Jason Jaffray scored his first goal since returning to the lineup as the St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Norfolk Admirals 3-2 Saturday night at Mile One Centre. The win snapped the Admirals’ franchise and league record streak of 32 consecutive regular season wins.

Eric O’Dell scored the eventual game-winning goal midway through the third period and Zach Redmond notched two points, including his third goal of the season. Mark Dekanich bounced back from a tough outing in his last start on Tuesday to pick up his second win of the season, stopping 28-of-30 shots in a solid outing for St. John’s.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

 

Sunday, October 28 – Norfolk Admirals 2 St. John’s IceCaps 0
Mile One Centre – St. John’s, NL
St. John’s Goals:               None
Norfolk Goals:                  Maroon (4), Mitchell (3)
Goaltending:                     STJ –Pasquale (L – 27 shots, 25 saves) / NOR –Bobkov (W – 38 shots, 38 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 0/6 | NOR 0/2
Three Stars:                        1) NOR – Igor Bobkov 2) NOR – Devante Smith-Pelly 3) STJ – Zach Redmond
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Ben Chiarot
Attendance:                       6,287

Igor Bobkov stopped all 38 shots he faced as the Norfolk Admirals handed the St. John’s IceCaps their second shutout loss in the last three games with a tidy 2-0 victory Sunday afternoon at Mile One Centre.

Patrick Maroon and John Mitchell scored for Norfolk (5-1-0-0), which bounced back from a 3-2 loss Saturday night that snapped their league-record 32-game win streak. Eddie Pasquale started for St. John’s (4-4-0-0) and made 25 saves in picking up his fourth loss of the season. Zach Redmond led all IceCaps skaters with five shots on goal and earned the game’s third star for his team, which was also shut out Wednesday night on home ice in a 4-0 loss to the Portland Pirates.

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ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:  All Times NL (practices not open to the public)
Tuesday, October 30th                    Practice: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (Jack Byrne Arena)
Wednesday, October 31st             Practice: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (Jack Byrne Arena)
Thursday, November 1st               Travel day
Friday, November 2nd                     St. John’s IceCaps at Portland Pirates: 9:00 p.m. (Cumberland County Civic Center)
Saturday, November 3rd               St. John’s IceCaps at Worcester Sharks: 8:30 p.m. (DCU Center)
Sunday, November 4th                   St. John’s IceCaps at Providence Bruins: 4:30 p.m. (Dunkin’ Donuts Center)

 

ATLANTIC DIVISION STANDINGS

(As of Monday, October 29, 2012)

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

Manchester Monarchs

6

5

1

0

0

10

.833

23

11

St. John’s IceCaps

8

4

4

0

0

8

.500

21

26

Portland Pirates

7

3

3

1

0

7

.500

31

29

Worcester Sharks

7

2

4

0

1

5

.357

20

27

Providence Bruins

6

2

4

1

0

4

.333

13

20

 

ICE-CAPSules

Scoring Woes: After being shut out just three times all of last season the IceCaps have been blanked twice already this year, both coming this past week in 4-0 and 2-0 losses to Portland and Norfolk, respectively. St. John’s ranks 20th overall in goals for per game (2.63) through its first eight games.

Two Tickets to Splits-burgh: Like last season, the IceCaps have had trouble winning back-to-back games on home ice against the same foe. In 2011-12, St. John’s swept a two-game home series just five times in 19 tries, and has split its first three so far this season.

Special Teams: It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the special teams units, especially the power play. After beginning the season 6-for-25 with the man advantage, the club has managed just one goal in its last 16 chances, including an 0-for-6 performance in Sunday’s 2-0 loss. The penalty killing unit, however, has improved since allowing four goals on 11 opportunities in the first two games of the season. Since then, the IceCaps have successfully killed 20 of their last 23 times shorthanded (87.0%) and have risen to 17th overall in the AHL.

Injury Update: Injuries continue to mount for the IceCaps, who have been without the likes of Paul Postma and Ray Sawada this season. Patrice Cormier has missed the last five games and appears unlikely to return in the near future while Jason King missed the Norfolk series with a minor injury.

Jaffray Returns: Jason Jaffray made his much-anticipated return to the lineup last Wednesday night after undergoing neck surgery, earning the game’s third star honours for his efforts in a 4-0 loss to Portland. Three days later, the captain notched his first points of the season – a goal and an assist – in his team’s 3-2 win against Norfolk. Head coach Keith McCambridge sat Jaffray on Sunday for precautionary measures as a way to ease him back into the lineup.

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

None

 

ICECAPS SEASON LEADERS

Goals Zach Redmond

Eric O’Dell

Spencer Machacek

3

Assists Alex Burmistrov

5

Points Alex Burmistrov

6

+/- Dean Arsene

+3

PIMS Dean Arsene

Four others tied

10

Wins Mark Dekanich

Eddie Pasquale

2

GAA Eddie Pasquale

3.05

SV% Eddie Pasquale

.901

GP Eddie Pasquale

6

 

COORS LIGHT THREE STARS LEADERBOARD

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

Player :

Points :

Spencer Machacek

5

Alex Burmistrov

4

Jason Jaffray

4

 

MARY BROWN’S HARDEST WORKING PLAYER STANDINGS:

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

Player:

Points:

Ben Maxwell

1

Hunter Tremblay

1

Six others tied

1

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, November 16, 7:30 PM                   St. John’s IceCaps vs. Albany Devils
Saturday, November 17, 7:30 PM             St. John’s IceCaps vs. Albany Devils
Tuesday, November 20, 7:30 PM              St. John’s IceCaps vs. Hamilton Bulldogs
Wednesday, November 21, 7:30 PM       St. John’s IceCaps vs. Hamilton Bulldogs

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