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IceCaps Even Series with Admirals

Wednesday, 07.05.2014 / 9:55 PM / St. John's IceCaps
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IceCaps Even Series with Admirals
Anchored by a 32-save performance from Michael Hutchinson and power-play goals from Josh Morrissey and Jason Jaffray, the St. John\u2019s IceCaps trimmed the Norfolk Admirals 2-1 to even their Eastern Conference Semifinal best-of-seven series at one game apiece

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Anchored by a 32-save performance from Michael Hutchinson and power-play goals from Josh Morrissey and Jason Jaffray, the St. John’s IceCaps trimmed the Norfolk Admirals 2-1 to even their Eastern Conference Semifinal best-of-seven series at one game apiece.

Chris Wagner scored the lone goal for the Admirals, while John Gibson made 39 saves in the loss.

After a scoreless opening frame, Morrissey put the IceCaps ahead 1-0 2:48 into the second on the man advantage. Breaking in on the rush, Morrissey wristed a shot from the circle that squeaked under the arm of Gibson for his first professional goal.

The IceCaps converted on a second-straight power play just under three minutes later, this time on a goal from Jaffray. Stripping the puck free, Jaffray spun and fired it past Gibson to extend the IceCaps’ lead to two.

Then, with less than four minutes to play in the period, Hutchinson made a sprawling glove save on Nic Kerdiles to help send the IceCaps to the dressing room with a 2-0 advantage.

Wagner cut the Admirals’ deficit to one midway through the final frame on the power play, when he followed up on Dave Steckel’s shot in the crease and poked home the rebound. That’s as close as Norfolk came, however, as the IceCaps finished strong to even the series 1-1.

The best-of-seven series now shifts to Norfolk for Games 3, 4, and 5, with Game 3 set for Saturday night (9:30 p.m. NT) at the Norfolk Scope Arena. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers on www.stjohnsicecaps.com and 930 AM, or watch online at www.ahllive.com. Pregame gets underway at 9:00.

Notes: Not dressed for the IceCaps: Kris Fredheim, Ryan Olsen, Cody Lampl, Ryan Schnell, Josh Lunden, Julian Melchiori, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Eric Comrie, Jussi Olkinuora, Eddie Pasquale… Michael Hutchinson drew an assist on Josh Morrissey’s second-period tally, his second of the playoffs… St. John’s has outshot Norfolk by a combined 84-59 through two games… St. John’s went 2-for-6 on the man advantage and killed off 5-of-6 shorthanded situations… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Michael Hutchinson 2. John Gibson 3. Jason Jaffray… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Jordan Hill.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 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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