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The Rock Report 01/07

St. John’s loses fifth and sixth straight home games; Marlies coming to town this weekend

Monday, 07.01.2013 / 3:19 PM / St. John's IceCaps
St. John's IceCaps

The IceCaps opened the New Year with a pair of tough one-goal losses to divisional rival the Manchester Monarchs Friday and Saturday at Mile One Centre. St. John’s pressed hard for the tie on Friday, scoring with less than two minutes to play to narrow the gap to 3-2, but it was too little, too late. Saturday, Carl Klingberg scored twice, including the tying goal in the third period, but the IceCaps were unable to dispose of the Monarchs in overtime, losing 3-2 once again. St. John’s hosts the Toronto Marlies for the first time this season this coming Friday and Saturday as they look to snap their franchise-high six-game home losing streak.

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Friday, January 4 – Manchester Monarchs 3 St. John’s IceCaps 2

Martin Jones made 32 saves to snap his personal ninegame

losing streak as the Manchester Monarchs defeated the St. John’s IceCaps 3-2 Friday night at Mile One Centre. Jones made a plethora of huge saves while Tyler Toffoli scored twice in the game’s opening five minutes to pace the Monarchs. Linden Vey notched a pair of assists while

Andrei Loktionov also scored for Manchester. Spencer Machacek and Ray Sawada scored for St. John’s, which fell to 15-19-0-1 overall and just 6-10-0-1 in 17 home contests. Eddie Pasquale made 26 saves between the pipes for the IceCaps in a losing cause.

Saturday, January 5 – Manchester Monarchs 3 St. John’s IceCaps 2 (OT)

The Manchester Monarchs defeated the St. John’s IceCaps 3-2 for the

second consecutive night Saturday at Mile One Centre. Slava Voynov potted the winner in overtime, capitalizing on a St. John’s turnover, as Manchester leaves St. John’s with four points, handing the IceCaps their fifth and sixth straight home losses. St. John’s got its offence from Carl Klingberg, who scored a pair of goals to snap a personal 15-game scoring drought. Mark Dekanich provided a solid effort between the pipes, stopping 29 shots and making key saves to allow his team to escape with a single point.

Peter Mannino, who began last season with the IceCaps, made 25 saves for the Monarchs in his return to Mile One Centre.

ICE-CAPSules

No More Lockout: The NHL and NHLPA announced Sunday that they reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, meaning teams will begin a shortened schedule later this month.Training camps for NHL clubs are likely to begin this coming weekend, and it is expected that several IceCaps players will be invited to Winnipeg to battle for the remaining open spots on the Jets.

Postma Producing: D Paul Postma has been producing offensively since the Christmas break ended. The All-Star rearguard has four points (2G, 2A) in his last four games and is tied for the team lead in scoring with 18 points. Postma’s seven shots on goal in Saturday’s overtime loss vs. MCH were a team game-high this season.

Chiarot on the Offensive: After recording just one assist in his first 26 games, D Ben Chiarot has found his offensive game of late. The rookie defenceman has four points (1G, 3A) in his last five games and has been featured on a pairing with Paul Postma.

Klingberg Breaks Through: A lengthy goalless drought ended Saturday for F Carl Klingberg, who potted a pair of goals to snap a streak of 15 games without a tally. Despite his futility, Klingberg leads the club in plus/minus with a +5 rating and sits tied for second in goal scoring with seven.

Quick Hits: St. John’s has lost six straight home games, with their last win coming back on Nov. 25 in a 6-0 victory over the Providence Bruins… Saturday’s loss was just the IceCaps first defeat in overtime this season. The club is 4-0-1-1 in games that extend past regulation time… St. John’s is 12-5-1-1 in one-goal games this season…The IceCaps are 4-5-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01