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04/02 IceCaps Weekly

St. John's IceCaps secure Atlantic Division Crown

Tuesday, 03.04.2012 / 11:13 AM / News Articles
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04\/02 IceCaps Weekly

The 2011-12 Atlantic Division title belongs to the St. John’s IceCaps after the club defeated the Hershey Bears 3-2 Saturday night. Two tough losses in Norfolk were not enough to deter the injury-riddled club, which is now assured a top three seed in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs as a result of division winners being seeded one through three.<\/p>

The 2011-12 Atlantic Division title belongs to the St. John’s IceCaps after the club defeated the Hershey Bears 3-2 Saturday night. Two tough losses in Norfolk were not enough to deter the injury-riddled club, which is now assured a top three seed in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs as a result of division winners being seeded one through three.

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Wednesday, March 28 – Norfolk Admirals 2 St. John’s IceCaps 0

With a chance to clinch a playoff spot and potentially the Atlantic Division as well, the IceCaps took on a Norfolk Admirals club that had won 20 straight games coming into the contest. Despite outshooting the Admirals 32-27 overall, the IceCaps were unable to solve goaltender Dustin Tokarski, who recorded his fifth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. Ondrej Palat scored a backbreaking shorthanded goal midway through the second period and Richard Panik converted on the powerplay five minutes later. David Aebischer kept the visitors around by making 25 saves in the loss.

Friday, March 30 – Norfolk Admirals 2 St. John’s IceCaps 1

The IceCaps had another chance to nail down the Atlantic Division Friday in a rematch against the first place Admirals but ran into another hot goaltender in Jaroslav Janus. Aaron Gagnon staked the visitors to an early 1-0 lead with a power play goal just 2:11 into the opening frame, but the Admirals’ netminder stood tall the rest of the way, stopping 20-of-21 shots. Palat scored his second in two games with a second period marker and Philip-Michael Devos potted the game-winner at 10:41 of the third period. Aebischer was once again sharp, making 25 saves but ultimately dropping his second straight decision against the conference leaders.

Saturday, March 31 – St. John’s IceCaps 3 Hershey Bears 2

With one more shot at clinching before heading back home, the IceCaps were determined to leave Hershey with two points and a division crown. The team put in a complete 60-minute effort in securing its first-ever playoff berth – and Atlantic Division title – with a tidy 3-2 win over the Hershey Bears. Mike Carman got the home side on the board first with a deflection past goaltender Chris Carrozzi, who was making his first start for the IceCaps. After that, it was all St. John’s. Patrice Cormier sniped his 16th just 3:48 later to tie it at one, and Arturs Kulda pulled the IceCaps in front with a breakaway goal at 10:26 of the middle frame. Cormier added his 17th at 8:34 of the third for a 3-1 lead, and despite a late goal by newlyminted Reebok/AHL Player of the Week Ryan Potulny, the IceCaps hung on for the 3-2 victory, ensuring a top-three seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs.


The IceCaps wrap up the home portion of their 2011-12 regular season schedule with four games in six nights, beginning with a pair of contests version Atlantic Division rival Portland Tuesday and Wednesday. St. John’s holds a 3-2-0-1 edge against the Pirates this season and won their last meeting 3-0 on Jan. 28 in Portland.

This coming weekend, the IceCaps welcome the Springfield Falcons for their first visit to Mile One Centre. The clubs have met just once this season, back on Oct. 29 at Springfield, with the Falcons coming away victorious 4-3 in overtime.

ICECAPS NOTES:

  • Giving it the Old College Try: The IceCaps once again dipped into the college ranks in bringing in D Will O’Neill on an amateur tryout contract last Tuesday. The University of Maine alum made his pro debut Wednesday in Norfolk and played all three games last week, recording one shot and four penalty minutes with a plus-1 rating.
  • Maxwell, Carrozzi return: Offensive C Ben Maxwell was reassigned to St. John’s Saturday and will join the team for the upcoming home stand. G Chris Carrozzi was recalled from Ontario (ECHL) last Tuesday and made his season debut Saturday in Hershey, winning the division clinching game to earn his first professional victory.
  • Injury Update: D Derek Meech and C Marco Rosa continue to progress as they have returned to the ice for practice. D Paul Postma and F Jason Jaffray remain out indefinitely, as does F Max Macenauer and C Eric O’Dell. D Brett Festerling is the most likely of the group to return this week.
  • Another First: With the division title wrapped up, the IceCaps became the first team since the 2002-03 Binghamton Senators to win a division in its inaugural season.
  • Going, Going, Gone: With 34 straight sellouts to date, the IceCaps can become the first team since the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to record a full season of sellouts (both the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons).

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 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
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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