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Weekend Preview: IceCaps visit Monarchs, Bruins Posted by IceCaps on

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The IceCaps begin a six-game Atlantic Division road trip this weekend with a pair of games in Manchester against the Monarchs and a Sunday afternoon tilt in Providence versus the Bruins.

LAST GAME: The Hershey Bears shut out the IceCaps 4-0 last Saturday night at Mile One Centre, securing a series split after falling to St. John’s on Friday. Peter LeBlanc scored what stood to be the game-winner for the Bears and Dmitry Orlov added a goal and two assists. Derek Whitmore and Casey Wellman picked up the other tallies for the Bears, while Philipp Grubauer kicked aside 30 shots to pick up Hershey’s first win of the season. Eddie Pasquale stopped 21 shots in a losing effort for the IceCaps, and Kael Mouillierat led St. John’s with four shots on goal. | RECAP

ICECAPS NOTES

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Scratched for the IceCaps: Kris Fredheim, Jerome Samson, Zach Redmond, Ryan Schnell, and Adam Lowry… Adam Pardy was recalled by Winnipeg prior to the game … St. John’s went 0-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Dmitry Orlov 2. Jeff Taffe 3. Philipp Grubauer… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Ben Chiarot.

INJURY UPDATE: Kris Fredheim (undisclosed, day-to-day), Zach Redmond (lower body, day-to-day), Adam Lowry (undisclosed, day-to-day), Jerome Samson (undisclosed, did not make trip)

TRANSACTIONS: OCT 23: St. John’s signs F Ian O’Connor to a PTO | OCT 19: Winnipeg recalls D Adam Pardy from St. John’s

QUICK HITS: Ben Chiarot is second in the AHL in plus/minus (+7)… Among AHL rookies, Brenden Kichton ranks in the top 15 in points (5)… Chiarot and Kichton are both in the top-15 in scoring among AHL defencemen (5 points each). Both defenceman are tied for the best plus/minus in an AHL game this season with their +4 rating on Oct. 18 vs. Hershey… St. John’s ranks 15th (17.9%) on the power play and 17th (82.1%) on the penalty kill.

FRIDAY, OCT. 24, & SATURDAY, OCT. 25
ICECAPS (2-3-1-0, 5 PTS | 3rd Place, Atlantic) AT MONARCHS (5-0-1-2, 13 PTS | 1st Place, Atlantic)
Puck Drop: 8:30 PM NT Friday, 4:30 PM NT Saturday
Watch: AHL Live
Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps and Monarchs faced off eight times in 2012-13. St. John’s posted a 2-4-1-1 record overall and a 2-2-0-0 mark at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. Their last meeting came on Mar. 24 at Manchester where the IceCaps came away with a 4-3 victory on Ben Maxwell’s game-winner. All-time, the IceCaps are 7-7-1-1 vs. the Monarchs and 5-3-0-0 at Manchester.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (returning players with 2012-13 stats):
STJ: Eric O’Dell 11 PTS (4G, 7A) | Jason Jaffray 7 PTS (2G, 5A) | Kael Mouillierat 5 PTS (2G, 3A) | Eddie Pasquale (0-2-1, 3.33)
MCH: Tyler Toffoli 10 PTS (6G, 4A) | Linden Vey 10 PTS (2G, 8A) | Brandon Kozun 8 PTS (8G) | Martin Jones (4-2-0, 2.81)

RECENT ACTION: MCH 4 WOR 1 | Right wing Tyler Toffoli, center Linden Vey and left wing Tanner Pearson were reunited on a line that compiled seven points (3-4=7) in the Manchester Monarchs 4-1 victory over the Worcester Sharks at the DCU Center on Wednesday night. Martin Jones stopped 32-of-33 shots for the win.

TRANSACTIONS: OCT 18: Manchester reassigns D Alex Roach to Ontario (ECHL)

SUNDAY, OCT. 26
ICECAPS (2-3-1-0, 5 PTS | 3rd Place, Atlantic) AT BRUINS (2-2-0-2, 6 PTS | 2ND Place, Atlantic)
Puck Drop: 4:35 PM NT
Watch: AHL Live
Listen: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM

PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: The IceCaps and Bruins split a pair of games on Oct. 4 and 5 at Mile One Centre to open the 2013-14 season. On Oct. 4 St. John’s scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime, but lost 4-3 on a breakaway goal by Nick Johnson. The following night, the IceCaps posted a 5-1 win on the strength of an Eric O’Dell hat trick to take three of a possible four points.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS:
STJ: Eric O’Dell 4 PTS (4G) | Brenden Kichton 3 PTS (1G, 2A) | Jerome Samson 3 PTS (1G, 2A) | Eddie Pasquale (1-1-0, 2.47)
PRO: Nick Johnson 3 PTS (2G, 1A) | Matt Fraser 2 PTS (1G, 1A) | Ryan Spooner 2 PTS (2A) | Niklas Svedberg (1-0-0, 2.90)

RECENT ACTION: MCH 5 PRO 4 | Matt Fraser scored with 25 seconds left in regulation to lift the Monarchs to a 5-4 win over the Bruins at Verizon Wireless Arena last Saturday. Seth Griffith had a goal and an assist while Niklas Svedberg made 32 saves in a losing effort.

TRANSACTIONS: None

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