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The Rock Report 02/25

St. John’s scores nine goals in two-game week; club visits Hamilton before returning home to face Manchester.

Tuesday, 26.02.2013 / 10:15 AM / St. John's IceCaps
St. John's IceCaps

St. John’s scores nine goals in two-game week; club visits Hamilton before returning home to face Manchester. The IceCaps rediscovered their offensive touch in a light, two-game week. St. John’s defeated the Connecticut Whale 5-1 Wednesday – avenging a pair of home losses against the Whale earlier this month – on the strength of Eric O’Dell’s second career hat trick and a four-assist game from Kael Mouillierat. Sunday in Toronto, the IceCaps fell behind 5-1 after two periods but battled back with three third period tallies to fall just short in a comeback bid, losing 5-4 to the Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum. St. John’s has three games on tap this weekend, including a visit to Hamilton Tuesday before returning home this weekend to host the Manchester Monarchs for two games.

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Wednesday, February 20 – St. John’s IceCaps 5 Connecticut Whale 1

The St. John’s IceCaps rebounded from a tough loss on Sunday to trump the Connecticut Whale 5-1 at XL Center Wednesday night.

Eric O’Dell scored three goals – his second hat trick as an IceCap – to pace St. John’s (23-28-1-2). Kael Mouillierat picked up four assists while Ben Maxwell had a goal and an assist. Carl Klingberg notched a pair of helpers and Mark Dekanich stopped 25 shots for the

win. St. John’s started fast and never looked back, potting three goals in the opening frame and clinching the win with a pair in the third. The IceCaps outshot the Whale 37-26 overall and controlled the flow for most of the game, using an aggressive forecheck to keep Connecticut on its heels for the majority of the contest.

Sunday, February 24 – Toronto Marlies 5 St. John’s IceCaps 4

The St. John’s IceCaps were defeated by the Toronto Marlies 5-4 Sunday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.

Despite sporting the Marlies leads of 4-0 and 5-1, the IceCaps nearly made an incredible comeback, battling back to score three times in third period but ultimately falling just short.

The Marlies scored five times in the second period with first star Jake Gardiner factoring in on three of those tallies, scoring once on the power play and adding two assists. Dylan Yeo and Ryan Hamilton each had a pair of assists for Toronto, while Mark Owuya got the win after stopping 36-of-40 shots.

For St. John’s, Kael Mouillierat had a goal and two assists and Dean Arsene had two helpers. Spencer Machacek, Patrice Cormier and Ben Maxwell also scored, while Mark Dekanich was tagged with the loss, making 17 saves.

ICE-CAPSules

All Hail Kael: Kael Mouillierat recorded seven points (1G, 6A) in just two games this past week. On Wednesday, the Alberta native notched a club-record four assists as the IceCaps dominated the Connecticut Whale 5-1. In addition to setting the team record for most assists in a game, Mouillierat tied the club mark for most points in a game with four. On Sunday, Mouillierat picked up a goal and two assists in a 5-4 loss to Toronto.

O’Dell Rings the Bell: Eric O’Dell scored three goals against the Whale, the first hat trick by an IceCap this season. The team’s last hat trick was also recorded by O’Dell back on April 7, 2012 vs. Springfield.

Jets Update: Winnipeg won three of four games last week, including wins over Buffalo (2-1), Carolina (4-3) and New Jersey (4-2). Blake Wheeler fired two goals in the victory over the Hurricanes, while former IceCaps blueliner Paul Postma recorded an assist (his fifth of the season) against the Devils. The Jets only loss was a 5-3 setback to the Philadelphia Flyers. Postma now has six points in 17 games with the Jets.

Redmond on the Mend: On Thursday former IceCaps defenceman Zach Redmond was rushed to hospital in the Raleigh, North Carolina to repair a laceration to his right femoral artery and vein in his mid-thigh region, after he was seriously cut by a teammate’s skate in practice. He could miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season.

Injury Report: Defencemen Ben Chiarot (hip flexor) returned to action and played in both games last week after missing the previous three. Currently injured: Jason King (head), John Albert (upper body), Hunter Tremblay (head), Ivan Telegin (head), Derek Meech (undisclosed), and Ryan Schnell (lower body).

SCHEDULE

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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