The Rock Report 03/04
Manchester sweeps St. John’s; IceCaps host Syracuse Crunch this weekend
Breakout forwards Eric O’Dell and Kael Mouillierat continued to impress offensively but the IceCaps were unable to take full advantage, dropping a pair of games to the Manchester Monarchs at Mile One Centre this past weekend. Friday, the Monarchs battled back from a trio of two-goal deficits to win 5-4 in a shootout despite a combined seven points from the duo.
Saturday’s game was scoreless until Manchester found the twine with just 3.1 seconds left in the second period, and while St. John’s tied things up early in the third, the Monarchs scored a shorthanded goal later in the frame that stood up as the winner in a 4-1 contest. The IceCaps continue their six-game home stand with a pair of games against the East Division leading Syracuse Crunch Friday and Saturday.
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Friday, March 1 – Manchester Monarchs 5 St. John’s IceCaps 4 (SO)
Eric O’Dell notched four points but it didn’t matter, as the St. John’s IceCaps fell 5-4 to the Manchester Monarchs in a shootout Friday night at Mile One Centre.
Clinging to a 4-3 lead with less than a minute to go in regulation, Andy Andreoff scored his second of the game to send it to overtime and then to a shootout, where Martin Jones
stopped four-of-five shooters and Jordan Weal and Colton Yellow Horn scored for Manchester.
For St. John’s, O’Dell scored twice and added two assists and Kael Mouillierat recorded a goal and two assists, as well as the only IceCaps’ goal in the shootout. Patrice Cormier had a
goal and an assist while Eddie Pasquale made 22 saves in his first start since being returned by the Winnipeg Jets.
St. John’s was unable to preserve leads of 2-0 and 4-2 in their 16th loss on home ice this season. The power play was effective for both teams, as St. John’s went 3-for-6 while Manchester went 2-for-5.
Saturday, March 2 – Manchester Monarchs 4 St. John’s IceCaps 1
The Manchester Monarchs completed the two-game sweep of the St. John’s IceCaps with a 4-1 victory at Mile One Centre Saturday night.
Martin Jones was near-perfect, making 37 saves on 38 shots in picking up his second straight win. Linden Vey had a goal and an assist while Tyler Toffoli chipped in with a pair of helpers.
Hunter Bishop’s third period shorthanded marker stood as the game-winner.
For St. John’s, Aaron Gagnon scored the team’s only goal while Eddie Pasquale faced 21 shots, making 18 saves.
Stormin’ Norman Debuts: F Norm Ezekiel, recalled from the Colorado Eagles (ECHL) on Feb. 19, made his AHL debut last week, playing in all three games. The soon-to-be 22 year old (his birthday is March 17) made his mark in Saturday’s contest vs. MCH, dropping the gloves with Monarchs F Ian O’Connor for his first fight.
O’Dell, Mouillierat a Dynamic Duo: The combination of Eric O’Dell and Kael Mouillierat has given the opposition fits over the past eight games. During that span, both players have notched 11 points, while O’Dell has scored six goals and now sits first on the club with 18 this season. Mouillierat’s 21 assists are tied for tops on the team.
Jets Update: The Jets won two of their three games last week and have moved to within two points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Winnipeg defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 and the New Jersey Devils 3-1 before falling to the Washington Capitals 3-0 on Saturday.
Back on the Farm: After Winnipeg G Al Montoya was given a clean bill of health, the Jets sent G Eddie Pasquale back to St. John’s last Wednesday, and the former All-Rookie netminder was thrust right back into action, playing both games on the weekend. Also returning from Winnipeg was D Julian Melchiori, while D Derek Meech was recalled. Neither Pasquale nor Melchiori saw any game action while with the Jets.