Weekend Preview: IceCaps visit Falcons, Bruins
Puck drop: 9:00 PM NT
Listen Live: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930AM
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The St. John’s IceCaps (11-14-0-1) visit the Springfield Falcons and Providence Bruins this weekend in the first two games of their eight game road trip.
LAST TIME OUT
The IceCaps dropped their fifth straight game with a 4-0 loss to the Hershey Bears Wednesday at Mile One Centre. Braden Holtby turned aside all 30 shots he faced while Jon DiSalvatore scored for the second straight game and added an assist. Ryan Potulny chipped in with a pair of helpers. For St. John’s, Mark Dekanich got his second straight start in goal and took the loss once again, making 21 saves on 25 shots. Will O’Neill and Zach Redmond led the club with five shots apiece.
St. John’s set a club record with its fifth consecutive loss Wednesday vs. HER and sits fifth in the Atlantic Division (12th in the Eastern Conference)… St. John’s recalled forwards Ryan Schnell and Ray Kaunisto from Colorado (ECHL). Schnell has seven points (4G, 3A) and 105 penalty minutes in 12 games, while Kaunisto has 10 points (4G, 6A) in 19 games and is coming off a four-point game in his last contest (1G, 3A)… The IceCaps are 6-4-0-1 in the first of back-to-back games but just 3-8-0-0 in the second game… The AHL announced that Sportsnet has added six additional games to its December television broadcast schedule, including a pair of IceCaps games. The IceCaps’ Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 contests in Hamilton will be aired on Sportsnet (all regions), beginning at 9:00 PM NT… Rogers TV Cable 9 will be airing the IceCaps Dec. 22 matchup against the Toronto Marlies live from Ricoh Coliseum beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Ten IceCaps are currently on the injured list: Patrice Cormier (knee), Hunter Tremblay (concussion-like symptoms), John Albert (upper body), Travis Ramsey (hand), Jason King (head), Eric O’Dell (lower body), Alex Burmistrov (upper body), Jason Jaffray (shoulder), Julian Melchiori (finger) and Shawn Weller (finger). Both Jaffray and Cormier travelled with the team and could return sometime this week.
STREAKS and LEADERS
F Ray Sawada and D Paul Postma saw their four-game point streaks come to an end in Wednesday’s loss… D Zach Redmond leads the club in goals with seven and power play goals with four… Only five IceCaps have played in all 26 games this season: D Dean Arsene, D Zach Redmond, F Ben Maxwell, F Max Macenauer, and F Spencer Machacek… G Mark Dekanich has started two straight games… Wednesday marked the 54th consecutive sellout at Mile One Centre, tying the second longest sellout streak in AHL history, set by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
SEASON SERIES: ICECAPS VS. FALCONS
Springfield (14-5-1-3), which sits first in the Northeast Division and second in the Eastern Conference, has defeated St. John’s in all three meetings this season, including a pair of games last weekend at Mile One Centre. St. John’s came back from two goals down last Friday but Cam Atkinson scored the game-winner with 4:06 to play in regulation and added an empty-netter to seal the 5-3 win. The following night, Ryan Johansen had three points and Curtis McElhinney made a career-high 46 saves in a 4-2 Springfield triumph. In their only meeting at MassMutual Center back on Oct. 13, the IceCaps lost 4-2.
Zach Redmond leads the IceCaps with three points (all assists) in three games against the Falcons this season. Atkinson (3G, 2A) and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (1G, 4A) lead Springfield with five points each against St. John’s.
SEASON SERIES: ICECAPS VS. BRUINS
St. John’s is 1-1-0-1 vs. Providence (13-8-0-2), which sits first in the Atlantic Division. The IceCaps and Bruins first met on Nov. 4 in a 3-0 Providence victory. The teams split a pair of contests at Mile One Centre on Nov. 24 and 25. Following a 3-2 shootout loss, the IceCaps roared back with a decisive 6-0 victory, aided by Eddie Pasquale’s 40-save effort.
Leading the charge for St. John’s in the season series are Derek Meech (1G, 2A) and Spencer Machacek (3A) while Pasquale has posted a 1.63 goals-against average and a .958 save percentage in three starts. Providence is led by veteran Chris Bourque (3A), while Niklas Svedberg has two wins and a 2.59 goals-against average.
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!