The Rock Report 12/27
IceCaps wrap up pre-Christmas slate with win between two tough loses
The IceCaps finished up their pre-Christmas schedule with a trio of games on the road, losing to Adirondack and Toronto but beating Hamilton to snag a pair of points. The overall eight-game road trip continues this week when the IceCaps rematch against the Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum Friday then visit the Syracuse Crunch the following night.
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Wednesday, December 19 – Adirondack Phantoms 3 St. John’s IceCaps 2
The St. John’s IceCaps saw their two-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Adirondack Phantoms Wednesday night at Glens Falls Civic Center.
Brayden Schenn scored the winner in the third period while Sean Couturier added a pair of assists. Scott Munroe picked up the win, making 23 saves.
Friday, December 21 – St. John’s IceCaps 2 Hamilton Bulldogs 1
Goaltender Mark Dekanich stopped 26 shots and Kael Mouillierat scored the game-winner as the St. John’s IceCaps edged the Hamilton Bulldogs 2-1 Friday night at the Copps Coliseum.
Jason Gregoire scored his fifth goal of the season for the IceCaps with the only other tally on a night when all scoring took place in the second period.
The win was the IceCaps 11th victory in one-goal games, and means the team is now 3-1 on their current road trip, with one game to go before the Christmas break.
Saturday, December 22 – Toronto Marlies 4 St. John’s IceCaps 2
The St. John’s IceCaps dropped a hard-fought 4-2 decision to the Toronto Marlies Saturday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.
Ben Scrivens made 30 saves while Keith Aucoin had a goal and two assists for a first-star performance in the win. For St. John’s, Ray Sawada and Ben Maxwell found the back of the net and Eddie Pasquale made 24 saves.
The IceCaps finish up their five-game pre-Christmas road trip at 3-2-0-0.
- Getting Healthy: A pair of injured IceCaps made their return to the lineup last week: centres Patrice Cormier and Eric O’Dell. Cormier, who had missed all but three games this season, returned in Friday’s win over the Hamilton Bulldogs and played in Saturday afternoon’s contest in Toronto. O’Dell also drew into the lineup Saturday after missing the previous 14 games but failed to extend his four-game point streak.
- Who’s Hot: F Kael Mouillierat has a five-game point streak (1G, 5A), the longest streak by an IceCap this season. Mouillierat has seven points (2G, 5A) in just nine games with St. John’s this season. The Edmonton native has also notched four points (1G, 3A) on the power play.
- Split Duties: Goaltenders Eddie Pasquale and Mark Dekanich have been splitting netminding duties recently. Coach Keith McCambridge has alternated the pair for each of the last six contests. Pasquale’s season-high for consecutive games started is six, while Dekanich’s is four.
- Punch from the Back End: Scoring has been at a premium for St. John’s so far this season – the club is 28th in goals per game at 2.32 – but the defence corps has more than held up its end of the bargain offensively. Derek Meech leads the club with 17 points (19th in the AHL) while Zach Redmond is first on the team in goals with eight. His 84 shots are good for third in the league amongst rearguards. Three of the IceCaps top four scorers are defencemen (Meech, Redmond and Paul Postma).
- A December to Forget: The month of December has not been kind to the IceCaps. The club is just 3-7-0-0, by far the worst mark of any month in its brief existence. The only other month during which St. John’s finished under .500 was last April, when the team went 3-4-0-0. Last December, the IceCaps went 7-3-0-1.