Weekend Preview: IceCaps visit Monarchs, Pirates
The St. John’s IceCaps (21-26-1-2, 45 PTS) head to New England for three big divisional games this weekend when they take on the Manchester Monarchs Friday and Saturday (8:30 PM NT) and the Portland Pirates Sunday afternoon (5:30 PM NT from Lewiston, ME).
LAST GAME: Feb. 10: CT 7 STJ 3 | The IceCaps came out flat last Sunday afternoon, falling 7-3 to the Connecticut Whale in their fourth straight loss at Mile One Centre. Michael Haley scored twice in the first 4:08 of the opening frame as the Whale lead 4-1 after 20 minutes and did not look back. Kris Newbury notched a goal and two assists while Kyle Jean, Jyri Niemi, Andrew Yogan and Mike Vernace had two –point efforts for Connecticut. Cameron Talbot made 25 saves on 28 shots. For St. John’s, Jason Jaffray had two goals, including one on the power play, while Aaron Gagnon recorded two assists in his return to the lineup after missing 15 games with a knee injury. Mark Dekanich started but was pulled after allowing two goals on the first three shots of the game. Eddie Pasquale came on in relief and made 15 saves on 20 shots in taking the loss.
PASQUALE GETS THE CALL: G Eddie Pasquale was recalled by Winnipeg Wednesday, joining the Jets after G Al Montoya went down with an injury. In 36 games this season with St. John’s, Pasquale posted a 14-19-2 record with a 2.63 GAA and a .912 SV%. As a result of the roster move, St. John’s recalled G Chris Carrozzi from the Ontario Reign of the ECHL. In 23 games with the Reign, Carrozzi is 16-6-1 with a 2.92 GAA and a .882 SV%. The Nepean, ON native has played in one game for the IceCaps this season, relieving Pasquale on Jan. 23 at WBS and stopping all six shots he faced.
CAPTAIN PROVIDING THE OFFENCE: Jason Jaffray has picked up the slack offensively, scoring four goals last week to become the second IceCap to reach double digits. Jaffray potted two goals Feb. 5 vs. WOR and another two last Sunday vs. CT. His 10 tallies are second to Eric O’Dell (12), and his 27 points in just 39 games leads the club.
INJURY REPORT: F Aaron Gagnon (knee) returned to the lineup last Sunday after missing 15 games. Injured: Jason King (head), John Albert (upper body), Hunter Tremblay (head), Shawn Weller (finger), and Ivan Telegin (undisclosed).
QUICK HITS: The IceCaps are 0-2-1-0 vs. the Monarchs and 1-2-0-0 vs. the Pirates this season. Overall, St. John’s is 4-7-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division after going 17-9-1-1 a season ago… When playing on Fridays, the IceCaps are 5-4-0-1 this season and 16-9-2-3 all-time… St. John’s has been shut out by Portland G Chad Johnson twice this season, but scored eight goals vs. Johnson in an 8-7 OT win on Oct. 23 at Mile One Centre.
TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 13: WPG (NHL) recalls G Eddie Pasquale from STJ (AHL); STJ (AHL) recalls G Chris Carrozzi from ONT (ECHL) | Feb. 12: STJ (AHL) signs F Josh Lunden to a PTO | Feb. 11: STJ (AHL) recalls D Cody Sol from COL (ECHL) | STJ (AHL) releases F Kevin Clark from AHL contract
MONARCHS RECENT ACTION: Feb. 12: PRO 5 MCH 4 (SO) The Manchester Monarchs scored three goals in the third period but lost in a shootout against the Providence Bruins, 5-4, on their third annual Pink In The Rink game at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Tuesday night. Right wing Jamie Tardif, center Carter Camper, left wing Carter Cunningham, center Trent Whitfield and defenseman Torey Krug beat Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones in the shootout. Center Ryan Spooner, center Maxime Sauve, and right wing Graham Mink were denied by Jones in the shootout. Center Jordan Weal, right wing Tyler Toffoli, left wing Colton Yellow Horn and right wing Brandon Kozun scored on Bruins netminder Niklas Svedberg in the shootout. Svedberg denied left wing Tanner Pearson, center Linden Vey, left wing Andy Andreoff and center Robbie Czarnik in the shootout.
TRANSACTIONS: Feb.13: LA (NHL) recalls D Andrew Campbell from MCH (AHL)
SEASON SERIES (MCH 3-0-0-0):
Last Meeting (Jan. 5): MCH 3 STJ 2 | Martin Jones made 32 saves to snap his personal nine-game losing streak as the Monarchs defeated the IceCaps 3-2 at Mile One Centre. Jones made a plethora of huge saves while Tyler Toffoli scored twice in the game’s opening five minutes to pace the Monarchs. Linden Vey notched a pair of assists while Andrei Loktionov also scored for Manchester. Spencer Machacek and Ray Sawada scored for St. John’s, which fell to 15-19-0-1 overall and just 6-10-0-1 in 17 home contests. Eddie Pasquale made 26 saves between the pipes for the IceCaps in a losing cause.
STJ: Carl Klingberg 2 PTS (2G) | Ben Chiarot 2 PTS (2A) | x Paul Postma 2 PTS (2A) | Mark Dekanich (0-2-0, 2.95 GAA)
MCH: Tyler Toffoli 4 PTS (3G, 1A) | Linden Vey 4 PTS (4A) | x Dwight King 3 PTS (3A) | Peter Mannino (2-0-0, 1.46 GAA)
PIRATES RECENT ACTION: Feb. 11: POR 5 PRO 2 | The Portland Pirates overcame 9 separate penalties to hold on to first place in the Atlantic Division, defeating the Providence Bruins by a 5-2 score at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence on Monday night. The win gives the Pirates 28 on the season and a 3 point cushion over the Bruins in the Atlantic Division. The Pirates improved to 28-17-1-1 on the season and have 58 points, while Mark Visentin improved to 11-9-0 with the win, stopping 34 of 36 shots.
TRANSACTIONS: Feb. 13: PHO (NHL) reassigns D Michael Stone to POR (AHL); POR recalls G Mike Lee from Gwinnett (ECHL) | Feb. 12: POR releases D Bryce Lampman from PTO; PHO recalls D David Rundblad form POR; POR returns F Evan Bloodoff to Gwinnett (ECHL)
SEASON SERIES (POR 2-0-1-0):
Last Meeting (Nov. 2): POR 3 STJ 0 | Chad Johnson pitched a shutout against the IceCaps for the second time in less than two weeks as St. John’s fell 3-0 to the Pirates at Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME. Johnson turned aside all 31 shots he faced in handing the IceCaps their second consecutive shutout loss and third in the last four games. Chris Brown, Brett Hextall and Brendan Shinnimin scored for the home side in the victory. Carl Klingberg led St. John’s with four shots on goal.
STJ: Ben Maxwell 3 PTS (1G, 2A) | Spencer Machacek 2 PTS (2G, 2A) | Eric O’Dell 2 PTS (2G, 2A) | x Eddie Pasquale 1-2-0, 3.47 GAA
POR: Alexandre Bolduc 5 PTS (3G, 2A) | Rob Klinkhammer 5 PTS (3G, 2A) | Michael Stone 4 PTS (4A) | Chad Johnson (2-1-0, 2.65 GAA)
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