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The Rock Report: Road unkind to IceCaps to finish 2012 Posted by IceCaps on

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013                                                     

ROAD UNKIND TO ICECAPS TO FINISH 2012

IceCaps drop two-of-three to end the calendar year, return home to begin four-game home stand

It was another tough week on the road for the IceCaps, who dropped decisions in Hamilton and Binghamton to conclude their eight-game road trip with a 4-4 record. The lone bright spot was an historic comeback against the Syracuse Crunch last Saturday, a game in which they trailed 4-0 but rallied for a 5-4 overtime victory. St. John’s returns home to face the Manchester Monarchs Friday and Saturday, the start of a brief four-game home stand.

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WEEK IN REVIEW:

Friday, December 28 – Hamilton Bulldogs 6 St. John’s IceCaps 3
Copps Coliseum – Hamilton, ON
St. John’s Goals:               Jaffray (4, 5), Cormier (1)
Hamilton Goals:               Dumont (7, 8, 9), LeBlanc (4), Ellis (3), Nash (1)
Goaltending:                     STJ – Dekanich (10 shots, 7 saves), Pasquale (L – 26 shots, 24 saves) / HAM – Mayer (W – 29 shots, 26 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 0/5 | HAM 2/5
Three Stars:                        1) HAM – Gabriel Dumont 2) STJ – Jason Jaffray 3) HAM – Morgan Ellis
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Max Macenauer
Attendance:                       5,957

Photo: Brandon Taylor

Gabriel Dumont scored a hat trick and added two assists as the Hamilton Bulldogs doubled-up the St. John’s IceCaps 6-3 in American Hockey League action at Copps Coliseum Friday night.

Dumont scored a pair of first period goals and added the insurance marker late in the third as the Bulldogs snapped their five-game losing streak and handed the IceCaps their second consecutive loss. Jason Jaffray scored twice for St. John’s while Eddie Pasquale made 24 saves on 26 shots after coming on in relief for Mark Dekanich in the first period.

Patrice Cormier also scored for the IceCaps, who fall to 3-3 on their current eight-game road trip.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

Saturday, December 29 – St. John’s IceCaps 5 Syracuse Crunch 4 (OT)
Onondaga County War Memorial Arena – Syracuse, NY
St. John’s Goals:               O’Dell (5), Postma (6), Gregoire (6), O’Neill (1), Chiarot (1)
Syracuse Goals:                Conacher (12), Killorn (12), Aulie (2), Namestnikov (1)
Goaltending:                     STJ – Pasquale (W – 33 shots, 29 saves) / SYR – Helenius (L – 33 shots, 28 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 0/3 | SYR 2/4
Three Stars:                        1) STJ – Ben Chiarot 2) SYR – Cory Conacher 3) STJ – Eric O’Dell
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Kael Mouillierat
Attendance:                       5,127

Photo: Scott Thomas Photography

Ben Chiarot scored his first goal of the season as the St. John’s IceCaps rebounded from a four-goal deficit to edge the Syracuse Crunch 5-4 in overtime Saturday night in New York.

Chiarot swatted home a loose puck after a scramble with just 20 seconds remaining in the extra frame for the IceCaps fifth straight goal to seal the comeback, emptying the St. John’s bench. The win could provide the boost the team has been looking for after a season-long struggle scoring goals. It’s just the third time this season St. John’s has scored five or more goals in a game.

Eddie Pasquale kept the IceCaps in the game with several big saves with the team trailing 4-2 in the second period, and stopped 29 shots.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

Monday, December 31 – Binghamton Senators 4 St. John’s IceCaps 2
Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena – Binghamton, NY
St. John’s Goals:               Macenauer (7), Postma (7)
Binghamton Goals:         Hoffman (7), Prince (6), Grant (10), Stone (5)
Goaltending:                     STJ – Pasquale (L – 26 shots, 23 saves) / BNG – Bishop (W – 31 shots, 29 saves)
Power Play:                        STJ 1/5 | BNG 1/5
Three Stars:                        1) BNG – Shane Prince 2) BNG – Derek Grant 3) BNG – Ben Bishop
Mary Brown’s HWP:       Will O’Neill
Attendance:                       4,440

Photo: JustSports Photography

Four different players scored for the Binghamton Senators as they defeated the St. John’s IceCaps 4-2 in a New Year’s Eve tilt in New York Monday night.

Mike Hoffman, Shane Prince, Derek Grant and Mark Stone (into an empty net) gave the Senators their 19th victory of the season.

For the IceCaps it was Maxime Macenauer scoring early and Paul Postma late, as the club finished its tough eight-game road trip on a losing note.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:  All Times NL (practices not open to the public)
Wednesday, January 2nd               Off-day
Thursday, January 3rd                     Practice: 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon (Mile One Centre)
Friday, January 4th                            Game day skate: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Mile One Centre)
St. John’s IceCaps vs. Manchester Monarchs: 7:30 p.m. (Mile One Centre)
Saturday, January 5th                      Game day skate: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Mile One Centre)
St. John’s IceCaps vs. Manchester Monarchs: 7:30 p.m. (Mile One Centre)
Sunday, January 6th                         Practice: 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon (Mile One Centre)

ATLANTIC DIVISION STANDINGS

(As of Wednesday, January 2, 2013)

Team

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

PTS

PCT

GF

GA

Portland Pirates

31

18

11

1

1

38

.613

94

94

Worcester Sharks

31

17

11

1

2

37

.597

86

89

Providence Bruins

29

16

11

0

2

34

.586

74

80

Manchester Monarchs

33

14

15

2

2

32

.485

88

88

St. John’s IceCaps

34

15

18

0

1

31

.456

82

99

ICE-CAPSules

Streaking: F Max Macenauer is riding a four-game point streak (1G, 3A). Macenauer’s seven tallies are tied for second on the club… F Kael Mouillierat’s five-game point streak (1G, 5A) was snapped in last Friday’s loss at HAM. The sophomore winger picked up an assist the following night at SYR but was held off the scoresheet again Monday at BNG.

A Pair of Firsts: Defencemen Ben Chiarot and Will O’Neill both scored their first goals of the season last Saturday at SYR. O’Neill’s third period marker tied the game and sent it to overtime, where Chiarot notched the game winner. For both players it was their second career goal, with each having scored last season for St. John’s.

Turning the Page on 2012: It was a year of ups and downs for the IceCaps, who reached the Eastern Conference Finals last May but stumbled out of the gates in the new season. Overall, St. John’s went 39-36-1-3 (.518) in 2012, compared to 19-7-4-1 (.694) in 31 games in 2011.

Deja-Vu? Like last season, the IceCaps will open their post-Christmas schedule by hosting the Manchester Monarchs and Toronto Marlies for two games each. Exactly one year ago, the IceCaps swept the Monarchs and split with the Marlies, a feat they will be hoping to repeat this time around. St. John’s won eight times last January overall, the most for a single month in team history.

Fast Facts: St. John’s stayed perfect in overtime this season with Saturday’s 5-4 triumph at SYR… Also on Saturday, St. John’s won its first game of the season when trailing after the first period. The club had been 0-10-0-0 previously… The IceCaps have scored five goals or more just three times this season after accomplishing the feat 12 times last season. Eric O’Dell’s +3 rating Saturday tied a season-high for an IceCaps player (Spencer Machacek was +3 in a 6-0 win vs. PRO on Nov. 25).

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

December 28, 2012                         St. John’s (AHL) reassigns F Ray Kaunisto to Colorado (ECHL)

 ICECAPS SEASON LEADERS

Goals Zach Redmond

8

Assists Derek Meech

14

Points Paul PostmaJason JaffrayDerek Meech

17

+/- Carl KlingbergEric O’Dell

+3

PIMS Dean Arsene

58

Wins Eddie Pasquale

8

GAA Eddie Pasquale

2.59

SV% Eddie Pasquale

.918

GP Eddie Pasquale

21

 

COORS LIGHT THREE STARS LEADERBOARD

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

Player :

Points :

Eddie Pasquale

15

Mark Dekanich

11

Jason Jaffray

9

 

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

Max Macenauer

3

Alex Burmistrov

2

Kevin Clark

2

Aaron Gagnon

2

Derek Meech

2

Ben Maxwell

2

Ben Chiarot

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 4, 7:30 PM                                            St. John’s IceCaps vs. Manchester Monarchs
Saturday, January 5, 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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