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The Rock Report 03/04

Manchester sweeps St. John’s; IceCaps host Syracuse Crunch this weekend

Tuesday, 05.03.2013 / 10:54 AM / St. John's IceCaps
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The Rock Report 03\/04
Breakout forwards Eric O\u2019Dell 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.

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.

ICE-CAPSules

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.

Injury Report: Jason King (head), John Albert (upper body), Hunter Tremblay (head), Ivan Telegin (head), Ryan Schnell (lower body), Ben Chiarot (undisclosed), and F Max Macenauer (undisclosed)

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 65 22 30 13 52
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
B. Wheeler 63 17 29 13 46
D. Byfuglien 65 15 27 6 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 65 10 26 2 36
M. Frolik 65 14 20 5 34
D. Stafford 59 11 17 -20 28
J. Tlusty 55 13 11 -19 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 8 5 .918 2.34
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.57
 
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