Weekend Preview: IceCaps at Admirals
Puck drop: 9:00 PM NT
Listen Live: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM
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The St. John’s IceCaps (16-20-1-1, 34 points) take on the Norfolk Admirals (14-19-2-1, 31 points) Friday in the first of two games this weekend at The Scope in Norfolk, VA. The IceCaps sit fifth in the Atlantic Division and 14th overall in the Eastern Conference, six points back of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the eighth and final playoff spot. Norfolk sits fifth in the East Division and 15th in the Eastern Conference. The IceCaps’ most recent visit to Norfolk came in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in last season’s Calder Cup Playoffs, when the Admirals took both games at The Scope and ended up sweeping St. John’s in four straight games.
SEASON SERIES (Tied 1-1)
The IceCaps and Admirals split a pair of games in St. John’s back in late October. On Oct. 27, the IceCaps defeated the Admirals 3-2 on the strength of a 28-save performance by Mark Dekanich. Eric O’Dell scored the game-winning goal in the third period while Jason Jaffray and Zach Redmond both notched a goal and an assist. The following afternoon, the Admirals earned the split with a 2-0 shutout of the IceCaps. Igor Bobkov stopped all 38 shots he faced, including 18 in the third period, and Patrick Maroon’s second period marker stood up as the game-winner.
LAST TIME OUT
Jan. 13: STJ 4 TOR 2
The St. John’s IceCaps ended a seven-game home losing streak with a big 4-2 win over the North Division leading Toronto Marlies last Sunday afternoon at Mile One Centre. Kevin Clark scored the game-winner at 10:26 of the third period and added an empty-netter to seal the victory. Jason Jaffray, the game’s first star, and Eric O’Dell both notched a goal and an assist, while Ray Sawada picked up a pair of helpers. Eddie Pasquale stopped 21-of-23 shots for his ninth win of the season.
The AHL announced Thursday that D Zach Redmond was selected to participate in the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic in Providence, RI. The sophomore blueliner, who has 17 points (8G, 9A) in 36 games, has been named an all-star in each of his first two professional campaigns… Redmond and fellow defencemen Paul Postma and Derek Meech, as well as forwards Spencer Machacek and Max Macenauer, remain at training camp in Winnipeg and are vying for spots on the Jets’ opening night roster. Official 23-man rosters must be set by 3:00 p.m. today. The Jets open the season Saturday afternoon (2:00 p.m.) at MTS Centre against the Ottawa Senators… F Kevin Clark became the sixth IceCap to score two goals in a game when he potted a pair – including the game-winner – against TOR in last Sunday’s 4-2 victory.
F John Albert has been cleared to return to game action for this weekend’s series after missing the last 18 games with an upper body injury. Defencemen Travis Ramsey and Julian Melchiori returned last weekend and played in both games against TOR. Injured: Jason King (head), Shawn Weller (finger), Hunter Tremblay (concussion-like symptoms), Aaron Gagnon (undisclosed), Mark Dekanich (hamstring), Ivan Telegin (undisclosed).
STREAKS and LEADERS
F Eric O’Dell has scored in consecutive games and has five points (3G, 2A) and a +4 rating in his last three contests. The sophomore centre is tied for the team lead in goals with eight… F Jason Jaffray’s two points last Sunday vaulted him into sole possession of the team scoring lead with 20 points (6G, 14A) in 27 games… F Jason Gregoire has an assist in consecutive games… The IceCaps have received multiple goals from a player in two straight games; Eric O’Dell scored twice in a 6-2 loss to TOR last Saturday while Kevin Clark notched two the following afternoon in the team’s 4-2 win, also against the Marlies.
Goaltender Viktor Fasth made 25 saves in his North American professional debut as the Norfolk Admirals dropped a 4-2 decision the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Tuesday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. Nick Schaus and Josh Brittain scored for the Admirals, who were out-shot 29-13 in the contest, including 21-6 in the final two periods.
Returning from training camp in Anaheim Wednesday were forwards Emerson Etem and Patrick Maroon, defenseman Nate Guenin and goaltender Jeff Deslauriers. On Thursday, the Ducks reassigned forwards Troy Bodie and Jay Rosehill along with defenseman Ryan Parent, and also signed veteran defenceman and Stanley Cup winner Kent Huskins to a PTO. Admirals players still in Anaheim include defencemen Jordan Hendry and Sami Vatanen, forwards Kyle Palmieri, Peter Holland and Devante Smith-Pelly, and goaltender Frederik Andersen.
F Peter Holland was selected to represent the Admirals at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic. In 34 games this season, the 21-year old from Toronto has 31 points (12G, 19A) and 58 penalty minutes. Holland leads the Admirals in points and assists while ranking second in goals… Norfolk has lost its last seven games, gaining just two points during that span. The Admirals’ last win came back on Dec. 29, a 3-2 OT victory at WBS. The club has not won at home since a Dec. 22 OT win vs. ALB… D Sami Vatanen is tied for 14th amongst all defencemen with 21 points (4G, 17A)… Admirals assistant coach Marty Wilford played in St. John’s for the Maple Leafs during the 2001-02 season, appearing in 60 games and recording 25 points and 70 penalty minutes.
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!