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IceCaps Even Series with Admirals

Wednesday, 05.7.2014 / 8:55 PM CT / 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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 77 24 37 11 61
B. Wheeler 75 25 34 24 59
B. Little 66 24 27 9 51
M. Scheifele 77 14 32 8 46
D. Byfuglien 68 18 27 5 45
M. Frolik 77 17 23 3 40
M. Perreault 58 18 19 4 37
A. Lowry 75 10 12 -2 22
T. Enstrom 58 4 18 7 22
J. Trouba 61 7 14 4 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 16 7 .916 2.41
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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