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The Rock Report 04/01

IceCaps go 2-0 to finish road trip at 4-1

Wednesday, 03.04.2013 / 6:21 PM / St. John's IceCaps
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The Rock Report 04\/01
IceCaps go 2-0 to finish road trip at 4-1

ROAD WARRIORS RESURFACE

IceCaps go 2-0 to finish road trip at 4-1

The IceCaps closed out their five-game road trip with wins over Albany and Worcester this past week to extend their season-high winning streak to four games, reminiscent of last season’s road dominance. Wednesday, St. John’s defeated Albany 4-2 on the strength of Aaron Gagnon’s two goals and some solid goaltending from Mark Dekanich.

Saturday, the IceCaps trailed 4-2 late in the third but scored twice in the final 2:44, then won it on Ben Maxwell’s goal 23 seconds into overtime. St. John’s remains in the playoff hunt, having won six of its last seven games to put themselves 10 points out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The club returns home for its final home stand of the regular season beginning Friday and Saturday against the Toronto Marlies.

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Wednesday, March 27 – St. John’s IceCaps 4 Albany Devils 2

Aaron Gagnon scored twice to lead the St. John’s IceCaps to a 4-2 triumph over the Albany Devils Wednesday night at Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

Gagnon notched shorthanded and power play markers – extending his point streak to a franchise record 11 games – including the game-winner, while Jason Jaffray picked up three points, scoring a goal and adding two assists. Eric O’Dell had a goal and an assist, finding the back of the net for the sixth consecutive game, also a new club record. Ben Maxwell picked up a pair of assists and was given the nod as the Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player. Mark Dekanich made 21 saves for his fifth win in his last six starts.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights



Saturday, March 30 – St. John’s IceCaps 5 Worcester Sharks 4 (OT)

The St. John’s IceCaps snatched victory from the jaws of defeat Saturday night in Worcester, coming back from a two goal deficit to win 5-4 in overtime over the

Sharks. Ben Maxwell, celebrating his 25th birthday, scored the tying goal with 53 seconds left in regulation and notched the game-winner just 23 seconds into the extra frame. Maxwell finished the night with two goals and an assist, while Will O’Neill and Aaron Gagnon each had a goal and an assist.

Eddie Pasquale made 30 saves in the victory, the fourth in a row for St. John’s and sixth in its last seven.

Full Recap | Box Score | Highlights

ICE-CAPSules

March Madness: After a rough start to the month, the IceCaps rebounded to finish at 6-3-0-2 and find themselves still alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race with nine games to play. Leading the charge was Aaron Gagnon, who notched a point in each of the club’s 11 contests and finished with 18 points (9G, 9A), including three game-winning goals, two shorthanded markers, and five multi-point efforts.

Get Shorty: The IceCaps notched a shorthanded goal in each of their two games last week. The aforementioned Gagnon converted on Wednesday night with the IceCaps down a man while Jason Gregoire scored on a shorthanded breakaway Saturday vs. Worcester. St. John’s has a shorthanded goal in three of its last four outings and four in the month of March.

Supercharged Special Teams: During the last seven games, the special teams units have been a huge factor in the club’s 6-1 record. The power play is 9-for-41 (22.0%) while the penalty kill is 23-for-25 (92.0%), numbers that would put them at the top of the league over the course of a full season.

OT Magic: The IceCaps improved to 5-1 in games decided in overtime this season with Saturday’s comeback effort, the best record of any AHL team in the extra frame.

Jets Update: The Jets took a slight step back last week, dropping two-of-three games with losses to the Penguins on the road and the Hurricanes at home. Their lone win was also against Carolina and keeps them four points up on the Hurricanes for first in the Southeast Division and third in the Eastern Conference with 12 games left to play.

Injury Report: Injured: Jason King (head), Hunter Tremblay (head), Ivan Telegin (head), Ryan Schnell (lower body), John Albert (hand), and Josh Godfrey (undisclosed).

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 7 5 .919 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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