Weekend Preview: IceCaps wrap up season in Hamilton, Toronto Posted by IceCaps on
The IceCaps’ second AHL season comes to a close this weekend when they visit the Hamilton Bulldogs and Toronto Marlies for their final three games of 2012-13.
LAST GAME: APR 14: WBS 5 STJ 4 (OT) | The IceCaps dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last Sunday at Mile One Centre in the team’s final home game of the 2012-13 season. Despite a tremendous effort to win one final time for the home fans, St. John’s fell just short in the end. Chad Kolarik recorded a hat trick, including the game-winner in overtime, to aid the Penguins to victory. Jason Jaffray was named first star of the game, notching three assists. Dean Arsene and Ben Maxwell each had a pair of helpers, while Will O’Neill, Josh Lunden, Julian Melchiori and Ray Sawada all scored for St. John’s. | RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS
INJURY REPORT: Jason King (head), Hunter Tremblay (head), Ivan Telegin (head), John Albert (hand), Richard Petiot (undisclosed), Patrice Cormier (head), Jason Gregoire (head), Vinny Saponari (undisclosed)
TRANSACTIONS: APR 17: WPG (NHL) reassigns D Zach Redmond to STJ on a conditioning assignment | APR 16: STJ recalls D Jake Marto from COL (ECHL) | APR 15: STJ releases D Josh Godfrey from PTO | APR 13: STJ releases F Matthew Kirzinger from ATO | APR 10: STJ acquires F Mathieu Tousignant on loan from TEX (AHL)
QUICK HITS: D Zach Redmond was reassigned to the IceCaps Wednesday on a conditioning assignment. Redmond, who started the year with St. John’s and played in 36 games before being recalled by Winnipeg, suffered a serious injury when his leg was cut by a skate during a Jets practice in late February… F Ryan Schnell returned to the lineup Sunday after missing the previous 19 games with a knee injury… The IceCaps scored their ninth shorthanded goal of the season last Sunday, tied for the seventh highest total amongst all AHL squads (five have come on the road). Binghamton’s 19 shorthanded tallies are six more than the next closest team… F Ben Maxwell has five multi-point games in his last nine outings and has recorded a pair of assists in two of his last three.
ICECAPS AT BULLDOGS (STJ leads season series 4-3-0-0)
PUCK DROP: Friday, Apr. 19 (9:00 PM NT)
LISTEN LIVE: stjohniscecaps.com, 930AM
WATCH: AHL Live
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: MAR 16: STJ 4 HAM 3 It looked grim for two periods, but the IceCaps made up for it in the third, scoring three goals to erase a 3-1 deficit and win 4-3 over the Bulldogs at Mile One Centre. Eric O’Dell scored two goals in the final frame, including the tying marker with 2:07 to go, and Josh Lunden completed the comeback with 26 seconds left. O’Dell finished the game with three points while Mark Dekanich picked up his second straight win with a 16-save performance. Ray Sawada scored the other St. John’s tally and Kael Mouillierat chipped in with a pair of assists. | MAR 15: STJ 5 HAM 0 | FEB 26: HAM 4 STJ 3 | DEC 28: HAM 6 STJ 3 | DEC 21: STJ 2 HAM 1 | NOV 21: HAM 2 STJ 1 | NOV 20: STJ 3 HAM 1
STJ: Jason Jaffray 7 PTS (2G, 5A) | Eric O’Dell 6 PTS (3G, 3A) | Ray Sawada 5 PTS (3G, 2A) | Eddie Pasquale (1-1-0, 1.69 GAA)
HAM: Nathan Beaulieu 6 PTS (2G, 4A) | x Gabriel Dumont 5 PTS (3G, 2A) | x Brendan Gallagher 4 PTS (2G, 2A) | x Cedric Desjerdins (1-1-0, 1.51 GAA)
BULLDOGS RECENT ACTION: APR 14: OKC 4 HAM 0 | Hamilton lost its fourth straight game as the Oklahoma City Barons defeated the Bulldogs 4-0 last Sunday night at Copps Coliseum. Jonathan Cheechoo, Toni Rajala and Mark Arcobello each had a goal and an assist and Yann Danis stopped 24 shots for the shutout. Jacob Gervais-Chouinard was peppered with 40 shots, making 36 saves in his second AHL start. (From hamiltonbulldogs.com).
TRANSACTIONS: APR 18: MON (NHL) reassigns D Nathan Beaulieu to HAM (AHL) | APR 15: HAM recalls D Antoine Corbin from SF (ECHL) | APR 14: HAM releases D Peter Merth from PTO | APR 14: HAM signs F Sebastian Collberg to PTO
ICECAPS AT MARLIES (TOR leads season series 5-1-0-0)
PUCK DROP: Saturday, Apr. 20 & Sunday, Apr. 21 (4:30 PM NT)
LISTEN LIVE: stjohniscecaps.com, 930AM
WATCH: AHL Live
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: APR 6: TOR 4 STJ 2 The IceCaps dropped their second straight against the Toronto Marlies Saturday night in a 4-2 loss at Mile One Centre. Despite a late push, the IceCaps fell short in the end in suffering their 18th loss on home ice this season. Eric O’Dell had two goals, pushing his team-lead to 28, while Eddie Pasquale provided a solid effort between the pipes for St. John’s, making 31 saves. Spencer Abbott notched the winner for Toronto and Garret Sparks made 23 saves in his first professional start to capture the victory. | APR 5: TOR 3 STJ 2 (OT) | FEB 24: TOR 5 STJ 4 | JAN 13: STJ 4 TOR 3 | JAN 12: TOR 6 STJ 2 | DEC 22: TOR 4 STJ 2
STJ: Eric O’Dell 9 PTS (6G, 3A) | Kael Mouillierat 7 PTS (2G, 5A) | Ray Sawada 4 PTS (1G, 3A) | Eddie Pasquale (1-3-0, 3.29 GAA)
TOR: x Keith Aucoin 6 PTS (2G, 4A) | x Ryan Hamilton 6 PTS (2G, 4A) | Spencer Abbott 5 PTS (3G, 2A) | Drew MacIntyre (1-0-0, 1.93 GAA)
MARLIES RECENT ACTION: APR 16: TOR 2 OKC 1 | The Toronto Marlies defeated the Oklahoma City Barons, AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, by a score of 2-1 Tuesday at Ricoh Coliseum. Drew MacIntyre earned the victory, stopping 30-of-31 shots, while Greg McKegg and Will Acton scored for Toronto.
TRANSACTIONS: APR 16: TOR (AHL) signs F Josh Leivo to ATO | APR 11: TOR (NHL) reassigns F Tyler Biggs to TOR (AHL) from OSH (OHL)
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