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Admirals Finish Off IceCaps

St. John's swept in Eastern Conference Finals by league's top team

Wednesday, 23.05.2012 / 9:35 AM / St. John's IceCaps
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Admirals Finish Off IceCaps
The St. John\u2019s IceCaps 2011-12 season come to a crashing end with a 4-0 loss to the Norfolk Admirals in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night at Mile One Centre. With the win, the Admirals swept the IceCaps in four straight games to advance to the Calder Cup Finals for the first time in team history.

The St. John’s IceCaps 2011-12 season come to a crashing end with a 4-0 loss to the Norfolk Admirals in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night at Mile One Centre. With the win, the Admirals swept the IceCaps in four straight games to advance to the Calder Cup Finals for the first time in team history.

Dustin Tokarski recorded his second straight shutout while Tyler Johnson had a goal and an assist for the visitors, who controlled the game from the outset. Eddie Pasquale put in yet another heroic effort, making 38 saves in a third-star effort, but it wasn’t enough.

“We’re disappointed in the outcome of this series and ending the season right now,” assistant captain Jason King told the media afterwards. “None of us want the season to be over. In saying that, this is the start of something good. No question.

“But give them credit. Their record speaks for itself. They’re a good team in all aspects. I don’t think we played the way we can play, which is disappointing, but after all is said and done, there are definitely a lot of positives from this season.”

Norfolk outscored St. John’s 14-2 in the series, totally dominating from the outset. Yet while there was disappointment in the end result, head coach Keith McCambridge had words of praise for his team and the accomplishments from this season.

“Any time you can only score two goals in four games – one on the power play, you’re playing against a very good opponent,” McCambridge said following the contest. “You have to give credit with regards to their performance on the ice. I thought Norfolk was obviously a really good opponent.

“I’m really proud of what we accomplished as an organization here, what the players accomplished on the ice. We had a new product here, a product returning back to Newfoundland and Labrador. Overall we’re really happy with the regular season, happy getting to the final four.

“It’s not the ending we drew up going into the playoffs. Obviously we’d like to be pushing on here.”

Facing elimination, the IceCaps had some jump out of the gate as they looked to get off to a fast start. The home side played a physical first half of the opening period but fell behind at the 15:15 mark of the frame on a goal by Evan Oberg.

Alexandre Picard’s pass from behind the net found Oberg at the left point, and the defenceman snapped a hard shot that beat Pasquale on the glove side for a 1-0 lead.

Just 2:32 later, the Admirals struck on the power play to increase their lead to two. After a Paul Postma slashing minor, Tyler Johnson flipped in a loose puck after Ondrej Palat’s pass attempt was slowed by the skate of Arturs Kulda. The goal gave Norfolk a seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play and silenced the capacity crowd at Mile One Centre. Norfolk outshot St. John’s 18-7 in the opening period.

The second period was more domination by the Admirals. Just 1:41 into the frame, Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Monday’s overtime hero, spun and fired a shot towards the net from the top of the right circle that was deflected off the post and in by Trevor Smith to give the Admirals a 3-0 advantage.

In the third, Norfolk added to the lead midway through the period on another power play. This time, Brandon Segal banked a shot off Pasquale and in from the side of the goal for his third of the playoffs, giving the Admirals a 4-0 lead.

Despite the inevitable loss, the fans at Mile One showed their appreciation for the tremendous inaugural season by getting on their feet with more than three minutes left in regulation and remaining that way until the players left the ice, long after the final buzzer.

“To look around Mile One and not an empty seat in the building, and to see everybody standing, not one person left this building, and to give a standing ovation to this team,” McCambridge stated, “is really the stamp on everything we’ve seen here all season long, with the sellouts, with the buzz in the city here. During the playoffs it’s been unbelievable. We can’t say enough things about it. We really wish we would have been able to give our fans a different result.”

The Admirals advance to the Calder Cup Finals to play the winner of the Toronto Marlies-Oklahoma City Barons series. The Marlies currently lead the best-of-seven series two-games-to-one, with Game 4 set for Wednesday night in Toronto.

Notes:
The IceCaps ended their season going 158 minutes and nine seconds without scoring a goal. Their last tally game 1:51 into the second period of Game 2 in Norfolk when John Albert beat Dustin Tokarski on a backhand rebound….The Admirals set an AHL record for fewest goals allowed (two) in a four-game playoff series….St. John’s went 0 for their last 18 on the power play and 1-for-25 overall in the series….Eddie Pasquale faced 42 shots Tuesday, marking the fourth time in 15 games he has faced more than 40 shots….The Admirals are the ninth consecutive East Division team to reach the Calder Cup Finals….With Tuesday’s sellout, the IceCaps sold out all 46 games at Mile One Centre this season….Wednesday’s 50/50 payout was $22,600.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
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 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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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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