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Weekend Preview: IceCaps battle Crunch, Senators Posted by IceCaps on

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29

ICECAPS (10-8-1-2, 23 PTS | 2nd Place, Atlantic) AT CRUNCH (9-7-1-1, 20 PTS | 4th Place, East)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM ET | Watch: AHL Live | Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

The St. John’s IceCaps will hope to continue their strong play on the road as they head to New York State for two games against a pair of tough East Division opponents.

On Friday night, the IceCaps will take to the ice at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York to face the Crunch, before ending their road trip with a Saturday night game against the Binghamton Senators at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

The contests will be the fifth and sixth games of a long road trip for the IceCaps, who have not played on home ice at Mile One Centre since Saturday, Nov. 16.

The IceCaps have been playing well on this road trip and have picked up three of a possible four wins against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Hershey Bears.

The IceCaps’ two upcoming opponents appear to be heading in different directions.  The Crunch boast the league’s second-longest active losing streak at five consecutive defeats, while the Senators have won nine of their last ten games in their rise to second place in the Eastern Conference.

LAST GAME:

Rookie rearguard Brenden Kichton scored two goals and Patrice Cormier and Kael Mouillierat each chipped in with a goal and an assist as the IceCaps topped the Hershey Bears 4-2 at the Giant Center on Wednesday night. The IceCaps opened the scoring with Cormier’s third goal of the season just over four minutes into the first period before Hershey’s Peter Leblanc knotted the game with just under 11 minutes left in the frame. Kichton’s first of the night in the second period gave the IceCaps the lead heading into the third period. Mouillierat scored the game-winning goal at 10:19 of the final frame on a controversial play that was decided by video replay. Kichton’s second of the game was scored into the empty net to push the IceCaps’ lead to 4-1. Hershey’s Ryan Stoa beat IceCaps’ goaltender Eddie Pasquale with just four seconds remaining in the game, but it was too late as the IceCaps held on for the two-goal victory. Pasquale stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced to record the victory while Hershey’s David Leggio made 28 saves in a losing effort.

ICECAPS NOTES

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed: Josh Lunden, Zach Redmond, Will O’Neill, JC Lipon, Austen Brassard, Ben Chiarot … St. John’s went 1-for-8 on the power play and 6-for-7 on the penalty kill… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Kael Mouillierat 2. Patrice Cormier 3. David Leggio. Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Jason Jaffray.

INJURY UPDATE: Josh Lunden (undisclosed)

TRANSACTIONS: Nov. 23: Julian Melchiori (D) Returned on loan from Winnipeg (NHL). Nov. 22: Zach Redmond (D) Returned on loan from Winnipeg (NHL).

QUICK HITS: Eric O’Dell is enjoying the month of November. In the ten games O’Dell has played this month, he has amassed five goals and seven assists for 12 points. He failed to record a point in just three of the ten games he has played in November. O’Dell is currently on a three-game point streak and has three goals and two assists during that span. His strong month has launched him into a tie for seventh place in the American Hockey League scoring race…. Thanks to his recent two-goal performance against the Hershey Bears, Brenden Kichton now leads all rookie defensemen in scoring, with four goals and 12 assists in 21 games played. He has played well of late and has seven points in his last six games.

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS:

Aside from the preseason Mary’s Cup tournament played in September that saw Syracuse take two-of-three, the Crunch and the IceCaps have not squared off yet this season. Dating back to last season, the IceCaps and Crunch played four games, with the IceCaps earning just three points. St. John’s won the first of the four games last season, a 5-4 comeback victory on Dec. 29, 2012, thanks to Ben Chiarot’s overtime winner. The Crunch took three straight victories in the new year, a 6-3 decision in Syracuse on Jan. 26 and a two-game sweep at Mile One on Mar. 8 and 9.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (Returning players with stats from 2012-2013):
STJ: Kael Mouillierat 4 PTS (1G, 3A) | Patrice Cormier 3 PTS (2G, 1A) | Eddie Pasquale (1-1-1, 3.38 GAA, .896 SV%)
SYR: Brett Connolly 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Matt Taormina 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Riku Helenius (3-1-0, 2.41 GAA, 0.917 SV%)

RECENT ACTION: NOV 27: BNG 5 SYR 1 | Andre Petersson scored two goals and Shane Prince, Cole Schneider and Michael Sdao each added singles as the Binghamton Senators defeated the Syracuse Crunch 5-1 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. Syracuse goaltender Riku Helenius was peppered with 37 shots, while Senators’ goaltenders Andrew Hammond and Nathan Lawson combined for 32 saves to share the victory.

TRANSACTIONS: Nov. 27: Philip-Michael Devos (C) Signed to PTO. Nov. 26: Dana Tyrell (LW) Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL). Dmitry Korobov (D) Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL). Nov. 25: Maxime Langelier-Parent (C) Recalled from loan to Florida (ECHL). Nov. 24: Dmitry Korobov (D) Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL). Nikita Kucherov (RW) Recalled from loan by Tampa Bay (NHL). Nov. 22: Brett Connolly (RW) Returned on loan from Tampa Bay (NHL).

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SATURDAY, NOV. 30

ICECAPS (10-8-1-2, 23 PTS | 2nd Place, Atlantic) AT SENATORS (14-5-0-0, 28 PTS | 1ST Place, East)

Puck Drop: 7:05 PM ET | Watch: AHL Live | Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps and Senators have not yet faced each other this season, as Saturday night’s game will be the first of four between the teams. The IceCaps found success in four games against the Senators last season in posting a 3-1 record. St. John’s lost the first matchup 4-2 in Binghamton on New Years Eve but won all three contests in 2013: a 3-2 victory in Binghamton on Jan. 21, and both games at Mile One Centre on Feb. 1 (4-2) and Feb. 2 (1-0). In their brief two-year existence, the IceCaps are 6-2-0-0 vs. the Senators but just 2-2-0-0 in Binghamton.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS: (Returning players with stats from 2012-2013)
STJ: Eric O’Dell 4 PTS (3G, 1A) | Kael Mouillierat 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | Eddie Pasquale (3-1-0, 1.76 GAA)
BNG: Shane Prince 2 PTS (2G) | Mark Stone 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Nathan Lawson (0-1-0, 3.05 GAA)

RECENT ACTION: NOV 27: BNG 5 SYR 1 | Andre Petersson scored two goals and Shane Prince, Cole Schneider and Michael Sdao each added singles as the Binghamton Senators defeated the Syracuse Crunch 5-1 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. Syracuse goaltender Riku Helenius was peppered with 37 shots, while Senators’ goaltenders Andrew Hammond and Nathan Lawson combined for 32 saves to share the victory.

TRANSACTIONS: Nov. 23: Troy Rutkowski (D) Reassigned by Ottawa (NHL) from Elmira (ECHL).

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