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IceCaps Look to Extend Series Lead Over Norfolk

Monday, 12.05.2014 / 2:53 PM / St. John's IceCaps
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IceCaps Look to Extend Series Lead Over Norfolk
The scorers for the St. John\u2019s IceCaps picked the right time to get hot as the IceCaps poured in four goals in the third period to defeat the Norfolk Admirals 5-3 to earn their first lead of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series. St. John\u2019s looks to take a stranglehold on the series in Game 4 Monday night.

4) ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS vs (8) NORFOLK ADMIRALS

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The scorers for the St. John’s IceCaps picked the right time to get hot as the IceCaps poured in four goals in the third period to defeat the Norfolk Admirals 5-3 to earn their first lead of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series. St. John’s looks to take a stranglehold on the series in Game 4 Monday night.

LAST GAME: Eric O’Dell opened the scoring for St. John’s at the 11:43 mark of the opening period, knocking a rebound behind Admirals’ goaltender Brad Thiessen, who assumed the role of starter when John Gibson was recalled to the parent Anaheim Ducks.

The IceCaps’ lead didn’t last for long as Max Friberg and Jesse Blacker scored less than two minutes apart late in the first period to give Norfolk a 2-1 lead heading into the intermission.

The teams skated to a scoreless second period and fans at The Scope didn’t have to wait long for more scoring as Josh Morrissey scored his second goal in as many games and tied the game with a seeing-eye change up from the point that eluded Thiessen just 39 seconds into the third.

The point shot was a useful weapon in the third period as Ben Chiarot picked up his second of the playoffs at 8:48 of the third period as the IceCaps regained the lead.

Josh Manson tied the game for Norfolk less than a minute later on a controversial play that saw IceCaps goaltender Michael Hutchinson knocked down in his crease and unable to make the save.

It wouldn’t matter as the IceCaps went ahead for good just over a minute later when Jerome Samson scored his first of the playoffs at 10:40.

Adam Lowry would add an empty netter with eight seconds left on the clock to seal the victory and the series lead for St. John’s.

Hutchinson earned the victory with a 24-save performance while Thiessen finished with 27 stops.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for St. John’s: Kris Fredheim, Ryan Olsen, Cody Lampl, Ryan Schnell, Josh Lunden, Julian Melchiori, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Eric Comrie, Jussi Olkinuora, Eddie Pasquale… Game 3’s attendance was announced at 3,957… St. John’s went 1-for-4 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Jerome Samson 2. Ben Chiarot 3. Josh Manson… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Andrew Gordon.

IF YOU AIN’T FIRST, YOU’RE LAST: The IceCaps can attribute a part of their playoff success to the fact that they have been able to find the scoreboard before their opponents. In their seven playoff games, they scored the first goal six times. They have only lost one game this postseason after scoring the first goal of the game.

MORE IN FOUR?: In their history, the IceCaps boast a record of 3-1 in Game 4’s. During their 2012 Calder Cup run, the IceCaps won a pair of Game 4’s (Syracuse, Wilkes Barre/Scranton) in overtime. Their only loss in a Game 4 came at the hands of the Norfolk Admirals on May 22, 2012.

FINDING THE SCORESHEET: Game 3 was a breakout game for many IceCaps. The five goals scored are the most recorded by the IceCaps in a single game this postseason. Thirteen players recorded a point in Game 3 in Norfolk. Only four IceCaps remain pointless in the 2014 playoffs.

BIG SCORER ON D: Defenseman Zach Redmond recorded two assists in Game 3 to overtake Andrew Gordon for the IceCaps team scoring lead. Redmond has six assists in seven postseason games, one point ahead of Gordon. Redmond’s six points is the second-highest point total for a defenceman in the American Hockey League. He trails the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ Brian Dumoulin by two points.

WHERE DID ALL THIS SCORING COME FROM?: The IceCaps used a four-goal third period to top the Admirals in Game 3. Four goals were the most scored in a single game by the IceCaps before Saturday night’s victory in Norfolk. Prior to their hot final period in Game 3, the IceCaps had scored just four goals in their last eight periods of hockey.

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STANDINGS

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 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
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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