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05/03: IceCaps Weekly

IceCaps and Penguins tied at one game apiece. Club heads to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Games 3, 4 and 5

Thursday, 03.05.2012 / 5:29 PM / St. John's IceCaps
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05\/03: IceCaps Weekly
It was a thrilling week-and-a-half for the St. John\u2019s IceCaps as they took three-of-four games on home ice and advanced to the second round of the playoffs after a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory last Friday night against the Syracuse Crunch. The IceCaps then split the first two games of their Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Wilkes-Barre\/Scranton Penguins; the club now heads on the road for Games 3, 4 and 5 with the series tied at one.\r\n

It was a thrilling week-and-a-half for the St. John’s IceCaps as they took three-of-four games on home ice and advanced to the second round of the playoffs after a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory last Friday night against the Syracuse Crunch. The IceCaps then split the first two games of their Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins; the club now heads on the road for Games 3, 4 and 5 with the series tied at one.

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Eastern Conference Quarterfinal

Game 3: Wednesday, April 25 – St. John’s IceCaps 5 Syracuse Crunch 1 | Watch Game Highlights

In the first-ever playoff game at Mile One Centre, the IceCaps did not disappoint the legion of white-clad fans en route to a resounding 5-1 win over the Crunch. Patrice Cormier ignited the fans with the game’s opening goal on the power play at 11:10 of the first. After Dan Sexton tied it for Syracuse just minutes later, Derek Meech restored the lead with his second of the series to give the IceCaps a 2-1 advantage, a lead they would not relinquish. Brock Trotter, John Albert and Ben Maxwell all added their first goals of the playoffs and Eddie Pasquale was sensational in making 40 saves for the victory as St. John’s took a 2-1 series lead.

Game 4: Friday, April 27 – St. John’s IceCaps 4 Syracuse Crunch 3 (OT) | Watch Game Highlights

In front of another involved crowd at Mile One Centre, the IceCaps capped off a comeback in style with a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory to advance to the second round. Things started poorly for the home team when they fell behind 2-0 after just six minutes of play in the first. Mark Bell silenced the fans with an unexpected goal on a shot that handcuffed Pasquale, and Emerson Etem was left open in the slot on a rush just 36 seconds later. A timeout by coach Keith McCambridge seemed to settle the troops and the IceCaps skated off down two after one period. In the second, the club came out with something to prove. Carl Klingberg and John Albert scored within a 1:31 span early in the frame to knot things at two. Etem’s second of the game put the visitors up 3-2 heading into the third, but Ray Sawada’s power play marker at 6:55 once again drew the IceCaps even. The teams battled through the remainder of regulation, setting the stage for Derek Meech’s overtime heroics. Brock Trotter gained the offensive zone and sent a cross-ice pass to Meech by the boards, and the Winnipeg native wound up and blasted a shot past Iiro Tarkki for the series-clinching tally, sending the IceCaps to the second round.

Eastern Conference Semifinal

Game 1: Tuesday, May 1 – St. John’s IceCaps 3 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1 | Watch Game Highlights

The IceCaps opened up round two in fine fashion with a solid 3-1 triumph over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. St. John’s played a strong first period, outshooting the visitors 20-4 and dominating the play, but trailed 1-0 after a power play marker by Cal O’Reilly. In the second, Brock Trotter converted on a breakaway after a beautiful flip pass by Travis Ramsey to tie the score at one heading into the third. In the final frame, Trotter notched his second breakaway goal of the night after taking a stretch pass from Paul Postma and beating Penguins netminder Brad Thiessen with a backhand move. Garth Murray added the insurance marker with his first of the playoffs after he and linemate John Albert forced Thiessen to turn the puck over with 1:54 left in regulation time.

Game 2: Wednesday, May 2 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3 St. John’s IceCaps 1 | Watch Game Highlights

It was a reversal of roles for the IceCaps and Penguins in Game 2. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton controlled the game from start-to-finish, outshooting St. John’s 38-23 for the game and skating away with a 3-1 win to even the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. The Penguins got on the board first for the second straight game when Eric Tangradi knocked home a rebound midway through the opening frame. Ben Maxwell tied it with a power play goal later in the first, and the teams remained tied through two periods despite a 28-11 advantage in shots by the visitors. Early in the third, the Penguins stunned the capacity crowd with shorthanded goal off the stick of Joey Mormina after the IceCaps could not escape the aggressive forecheck of the opposition. Justin Williams’ power play blast from the point 2:20 later was the dagger, and the IceCaps could not recover.

Visit IceCaps Playoff Central for recaps, highlights, interviews and all the latest updates on the IceCaps race to the Calder Cup!

ICECAPS NOTES:

  • Too hot to Trotter: F Brock Trotter has recorded a point in each of the IceCaps’ six postseason games. His seven points (3G, 4A) lead the club in scoring and rank him seventh overall in playoff scoring.
  • Jaffray joins the team: Captain Jason Jaffray, who suffered a neck injury in a game back in late March in Norfolk, will be accompanying the team on its trip to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the first time he has rejoined his mates since undergoing season-ending surgery in mid-April.
  • EDDIE, EDDIE! G Eddie Pasquale has become the new fan favourite at Mile One Centre after his stellar performances so far this postseason. Pasquale has faced a league-high 206 shots in six games, stopping 192 for a .932 save percentage. His four wins are tied for first among all goaltenders.
  • Power(less) play: In six regular season and playoff meetings between the IceCaps and Penguins this season, there have been a total of six shorthanded goals scored. The Penguins scored three in a two-game series at Mile One in January while the IceCaps notched a pair in a 5-2 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on March 6. Joey Mormina’s game-winner for the Penguins in the third period of Game 2 was also scored while down a man.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 4 2 .935 1.90
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
 
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