The Rock Report 11/19
St. John's begins home stand with split vs. Albany; Hamilton, Providence on tap this week
Returning home after a five-game road trip, the IceCaps once again split a home series by winning the first game only to drop the rematch. Friday, St. John's surrendered a two-goal lead by squeaked out a 4-3 shootout victory over the Albany Devils. In Saturday's rematch, Albany rebounded to post a 5-3 win over St. John's, ending the club's bid for its first three-game winning streak of the season. This week, the IceCaps host the Hamilton Bulldogs Tuesday and Wednesday and the Providence Bruins Saturday and Sunday.
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Friday, November 16 – St. John's IceCaps 4 Albany Devils 3 (SO)
Mark Dekanich stopped the final four shooters and Jason Jaffray scored the shootout winner as the St. John's IceCaps defeated the Albany Devils 4-3 Friday night at a sold out Mile One Centre as the IceCaps paid homage to Canadian military personnel on Military Appreciation Night.
Jaffray coasted in on goal and beat Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid with a nice move to the forehand to put St. John's in the lead, and Dekanich followed that up with a big save on Adam Henrique, the Devils' final shooter, to send St. John's (7-7-0-0) to its second straight win and pull the team back to .500. Eric O'Dell picked up two assists while Zach Redmond, Ray Sawada and Carl Klingberg all scored in regulation. Dekanich made 28 saves in regulation and overtime before going four-for-five in the shootout to improve his record to 5-1-0 on the season.
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Saturday, November 17 – Albany Devils 5 St. John's IceCaps 3
Darcy Zajac had two goals and Jeff Frazee made 21 saves in the third period alone to guide the Albany Devils to a 5-3 win over the St. John's IceCaps Saturday night at Mile One Centre. The win gave the Devils a split of the two-game series.
Frazee made 42 saves in total as the IceCaps outshot the Devils 45-33 overall and 37-17 over the final two periods. Adam Larsson had a goal and an assist while Adam Henrique and Jay Leach each had a pair of assists for the Devils.
Mark Dekanich suffered just his second loss of the season for St. John's (9-8-0-0), allowing five goals on 33 shots. Ivan Telegin, Max Macenauer and Jason Gregoire scored for the IceCaps while Jason Jaffray picked up a pair of assists.
- New Line Turning Up The Heat: The newly-formed trio of youngsters Ivan Telegin, Eric O'Dell and Carl Klingberg has provided the IceCaps with a spark offensively over the last three games. O'Dell has four points (1G, 3A) and a +3 rating during a three-game point streak, while Klingberg has also picked up a point in three straight (1G, 2A) to go along with a +3 rating. Telegin has recorded a point in two consecutive games and has a +4 rating in his last three contests.
- O'Neill Lending A Hand: D Will O'Neill, who has been in and out of the lineup recently, has played some of his best hockey the last two games. After being scratched in four-of-five games on the most recent road trip, O'Neill has responded with an assist in two straight contests and nearly had another helper when he sent Kevin Clark in alone with a beautiful stretch pass in Friday night's 4-3 shootout victory vs. Albany.
- Shots Record Broken: On Saturday the IceCaps set one shots record and came close to setting another. The club fired 22 shots on Devils netminder Jeff Frazee in the third period of Saturday's contest, breaking its previous mark of 21 set back on March 4 at Binghamton, when it launched 21 shots on Ben Bishop in the second period of a 5-2 win against the Senators. The team also notched 45 shots in total, coming just three shy of its record of 48 which was achieved twice, most recently on April 3 in a 5-2 win over the Portland Pirates at Mile One.
- Drought Continues: St. John's went a combined 0-for-11 this weekend on the power play, including an 0-for-8 performance on Saturday. The club has recorded just two power play goals in its last 56 opportunities, dropping to 26th overall in the league in efficiency (9.9%).
- Tale Of Two Stats: A telling stat thus far has been the club's record when scoring first versus allowing the opening goal. In seven games during which the IceCaps have lit the lamp first, the team is 5-2-0-0. In the other eight contests, St. John's is just 2-6-0-0 when the opposition gets on the board first.
- Time Change: This Sunday's game at Mile One Centre against the Providence Bruins has been changed from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The change was announced several weeks ago and was necessary to avoid conflict with Downtown Santa Claus Parade, which will see upwards of 60,000 people crowd the downtown area surrounding Mile One Centre during the afternoon.