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02/20 IceCaps Weekly

IceCaps earn split in Ontario

Tuesday, 21.02.2012 / 10:08 AM / St. John's IceCaps
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02\/20 IceCaps Weekly
The St. John’s IceCaps took two-of-four points during their two-game road trip through Southern Ontario this past weekend, maintaining their lead atop both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.
St. John's IceCapsThe St. John’s IceCaps took two-of-four points during their two-game road trip through Southern Ontario this past weekend, maintaining their lead atop both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Friday, February 17 – Hamilton Bulldogs 4 St. John’s IceCaps 3
Friday, the IceCaps visited the Hamilton Bulldogs and fell victim to a bad start and a questionable call early in the third period. The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead just 7:55 into the opening stanza, sending reigning Reebok/AHL Player of the Week Eddie Pasquale to the showers early. David Aebischer came on in relief and held the fort, allowing the conference-leading IceCaps to get back in the game. After Philip DeSimone gave Hamilton a 4-0 lead early in the second, St. John’s began to mount a comeback. Kevin Clark and Shawn Weller both potted their ninth goals of the season midway through the fram, and Paul Postma blasted a power play tally (his 11th of the season, tops among all AHL defencemen) to close the gap to 4-3 heading into the final 20 minutes. In the third, the IceCaps appeared to tie the game when Ben Maxwell rifled a shot past Bulldogs goalie Nathan Lawson on the power play. However, referee Mark Lemelin determined there was incidental contact made with Lawson, preventing him from being given the opportunity to make save. The disallowed goal seemed to deflate the visitors, who couldn’t muster any more great scoring chances against a tightchecking Bulldogs team, falling by a final of 4-3.

Saturday, February 18 – St. John’s IceCaps 2 Toronto Marlies 1
Despite Pasquale’s struggles the previous night, coach Keith McCambridge showed faith in the young netminder by throwing him back into the fire against the Toronto Marlies Saturday afternoon. Playing in his hometown, the Toronto native did not disappoint, turning aside 24 shots in a well-played 2-1 St. John’s victory. Patrice Cormier ensured the team would not succumb to another slow start, scoring less than three minutes into the game to put the visitors on top 1-0. Marlies captain Ryan Hamilton scored a nice goal on a breakaway halfway through the second period to tie things at one, but Carl Klingberg responded with a highlight reel effort of his own in the third. Klingberg beat the Toronto defence and went backhand-forehand to tuck a shot past Ben Scrivens for his 14th of the season and eventual game-winner.

The IceCaps play just one game this week, their third of a seven-game road trip that doesn’t see the team return to play at home until March 9. Friday, the IceCaps look for revenge against the Bulldogs at the Bell Centre in Montreal. St. John’s has won two-of-three as the visiting team and leads the season series 3-2.

ICECAPS NOTES:
  • Special Teams Update: After going 1-for-8 this weekend, the IceCaps PP ranks tied for third at 20.8%, while the PK unit has improved to 10th overall at 83.5%.
  • Quick Starts: The IceCaps have scored the first goal of the game 27 times this season, going 22-3-1-1 in those contests for an .852 winning percentage, third best in the AHL.
  • Calling the Shots: The IceCaps have fired a ton of pucks on net this season but have also limited opponents in the same category. St. John’s is fifth in shots for per game at 32.98 and allow the sixth fewest shots against per game at 28.23.
  • Debuting: C Maxime Macenauer made his IceCaps debut this weekend. The Laval native played in both games, recording one shot and two minutes in penalties with a plus-1 rating while playing on a line with Garth Murray and Kevin Clark Friday and Spencer Machacek and Carl Klingberg Saturday.
  • Klingberg ‘Klicking’: After going 14 games without a goal to begin 2012, Carl Klingberg has found the twine three times in his past seven contests, including two goals in his last three games. The rookie Swede is second in team goal scoring with 14, one behind Jason King and Jason Jaffray.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 7 5 .919 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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