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12/05: IceCaps Weekly

IceCaps sweep two-game southern Ontario road trip, Set to host Syracuse, Worcester this week

Monday, 05.12.2011 / 2:23 PM / St. John's IceCaps
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12\/05: IceCaps Weekly

The road continues to be kind to the St. John’s IceCaps this season.

A depleted IceCaps squad came away with a pair of victories this weekend in Hamilton and Toronto to improve their road record to an amazing 8-0-2-0 this season. Having lost Carl Klingberg to recall and Riley Holzapfel to injury, St. John’s was forced to rely on key contributions from its depth players.

Friday night, the IceCaps received a solid effort from goaltender David Aebischer, who turned aside all 21 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season, a 4-0 blanking of the Hamilton Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum. Spencer Machacek potted two goals for the IceCaps, his second straight two-goal performance, while Marco Rosa picked up two assists on the night. Jake Marto, recalled from the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL several weeks ago to fill in on the blueline, also notched two assists and was a plus-two. Eric O’Dell and Shayne Wiebe, playing in place of the aforementioned Klingberg and Holzapfel, both played strong games. O’Dell scored his third goal of the season on a brilliantly placed shot over the glove hand of Bulldogs goalie Nathan Lawson, while Wiebe assisted on Machacek’s second goal and finished plus-two on the night playing alongside Rosa and Machacek on the team’s top line. St. John’s outshot Hamilton 39-21 and shut down all six of the Bulldogs’ opportunities on the powerplay.

Sunday afternoon saw the IceCaps beat a tired Toronto Marlies squad playing their third game in as many days. Aebischer once again got the start and looked sharp, making 20 saves in the 4-2 win. After allowing a goal to Darryl Boyce just 56 seconds into the game, Aebischer settled down and was solid when called upon. Rosa paced the offensive attack with a goal and two assists, taking over the team scoring lead with 22 points in 22 games. Kenndal McArdle picked up his first goal as an IceCap with 28 seconds left in the first period on the power play, giving St. John’s a boost heading into the dressing room. Jason King’s team-leading ninth of the year came with the man advantage at 13:52 of the second period to give the IceCaps the lead. The Marlies would tie it early in the third but John Albert’s second goal of the season at 12:44 of the final frame would prove to be the game-winner. Rosa’s extra strength marker with less than a minute to go sealed the deal for St. John’s.

The IceCaps look to carry the good vibes back home when they host the Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) Tuesday and Wednesday and division-rival Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks) Friday and Sunday at Mile One Centre.

The series with Syracuse marks the first meetings of the season between the two teams. The Crunch, fourth in the East Division with a 10-8-2-1 record (23 points), is coming off a 5-2 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday night at home. Syracuse is lead by Patrick Maroon (team-high 21 points) and Kyle Palmieri, whose 13 goals are tied for second in the AHL.
The Sharks, meanwhile, took two-of-three games this weekend and recorded five of a possible six points after dropping Sunday’s game in Manchester 2-1 in a shootout. The IceCaps and Sharks have met twice this season, both resulting in road wins for St. John’s. Kevin Clark scored twice in a victory on Nov. 1 while Shawn Weller scored a pair and Eddie Pasquale stopped 30-of-31 shots en route to a 3-1 win on Nov. 5.

This week’s slate of games at Mile One concludes the home portion of the IceCaps schedule prior to the Christmas break.

  • Putting the ‘Special’ Back in Special Teams: The IceCaps’ special teams units had a terrific weekend on the road. The PP went a combined 4-for-12 (33%) while the penalty kill was perfect, going 10-for-10.
  • Klingberg the Latest Jet-Setter: Rookie winger Carl Klingberg was the latest to get summoned to the big club when he was recalled last Wednesday. In 20 games with the IceCaps this season, Klingberg has recorded nine goals and seven assists for 16 points.
  • Streaking: Marco Rosa has been on a tear of late, registering eight points (2g, 6a) during a current four-game point streak. Rosa’s 22 total points lead the team.
  • Crowded Crease: With David Aebischer’s solid performance this weekend (2 W, 1.00 GAA, 0.953 sv%), the situation between the pipes is once again looking crowded. All three IceCaps’ goaltenders (Aebischer, Peter Mannino, and Eddie Pasquale) have at least four wins this season.
  • Fantastic Four: Four has been the magic number this season. The IceCaps are 11-0-0-0 when scoring four goals or more and just 3-4-4-0 in all other contests.




1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33


A. Ladd 49 17 23 10 40
B. Little 49 18 20 10 38
B. Wheeler 49 13 23 11 36
D. Byfuglien 49 12 20 9 32
M. Perreault 46 15 14 2 29
M. Frolik 49 10 16 6 26
M. Scheifele 49 7 19 4 26
E. Kane 34 10 12 6 22
A. Lowry 48 6 9 3 15
J. Trouba 33 5 9 5 14
M. Hutchinson 14 4 2 .935 1.90
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
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