The Rock Report 12/03
IceCaps build momentum on the road. 2-1 road trip leaves club one point out of first place; tough Springfield comes to town this weekend.
Coming off a big win to end their last home stand, the IceCaps went on the road last week and captured two wins in three games, gaining four points and finishing the week just one point behind the Worcester Sharks for top spot in the Atlantic Division. Despite Saturday’s loss in Wilkes-Barre, the IceCaps return home to face the Springfield Falcons having won three of their last four games.
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Wednesday, November 28 – St. John's IceCaps 3 Adirondack Phantoms 2
Eddie Pasquale made 31 saves as the St. John’s IceCaps bested the Adirondack Phantoms 3-2 Wednesday night at Glens Falls Civic Center.
Pasquale stopped 13 shots in the third period in picking up his fifth win of the season and third in his last five starts. Alex Burmistrov and Spencer Machacek notched a pair of assists each while Kevin Clark scored his first goal of the season. Paul Postma and Carl Klingberg also scored for St. John’s (10-9-0-1), which moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with the idle Manchester Monarchs.
Friday, November 30 – St. John's IceCaps 1 Albany Devils 0
The St. John’s IceCaps blanked the Albany Devils 1-0 Friday night at Times Union Center to win their third straight game.
Eddie Pasquale made 24 saves for his second shutout in his last three starts and Zach Redmond scored the game’s only goal on a power play in the second period in a game that clocked in at just two hours and one minute from start to finish.
St. John’s played a sound defensive game, allowing just 24 shots and killing all three Albany power play opportunities. The IceCaps have now killed off 22 consecutive penalties dating back to the third period of a game on Nov. 20 versus the Hamilton Bulldogs and have gone five straight games without allowing a power play goal.
Saturday, December 1 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5 St. John's Icecaps 3
The St. John’s IceCaps dropped a 5-3 decision to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena, ending their three-game road trip with a 2-1-0-0 record.
Dylan Reese scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Penguins to victory. Jason Jaffray led St. John’s with a goal and two assists and was named the Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player for his efforts in the game.
The IceCaps started slowly, falling behind 2-0 just three minutes into Saturday night’s game but fought back to knot the score at two in the second period.
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- Rough Seas in the Atlantic: After the quarter mark for nearly every AHL club, the Atlantic Division stands as the only division to have all five of its teams sporting a .500 points percentage or better. Just four points separate the first place Worcester Sharks and the last place Providence Bruins.
- Macho Man Flexing His Muscles: F Spencer Machacek turned a corner last Sunday with his three-assist performance and appears to be back on track. The Alberta native picked up a pair of assists Wednesday at Adirondack and notched another two points Saturday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, including his first tally since scoring twice in an Oct. 23 win over Portland. Machacek has seven points (1G, 6A) in his last four games.
- Kill Streak: Before allowing a late second period power play goal to the Penguins on Saturday, the IceCaps had killed off 26 consecutive penalties and had not allowed a power play marker in their previous five contests. St. John’s killed off a season-high seven penalties Wednesday at Adirondack, one shy of the club record set on Jan. 21 at Portland.
- Eddie Climbing the Ranks: G Eddie Pasquale notched the second shutout in his last three outings Friday in the team’s 1-0 blanking of the Albany Devils. The sophomore netminder now ranks ninth in the league in goals against average among qualifying goaltenders.
- Injury Update: F Ray Sawada returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing the final two games of the team’s most recent home stand. However, adding to the infirmary list this week was F John Albert, who suffered an upper body injury in the first period of Wednesday’s game and flew back to St. John’s for treatment, missing both Friday and Saturday’s contests. Currently, six IceCaps are out of action: D Travis Ramsey (broken hand), Jason King (undisclosed), Eric O’Dell (lower body), John Albert (upper body), Patrice Cormier (knee), and Hunter Tremblay (head).