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Offensive Explosion Leads to 3-1 Series Lead

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 8:50 PM CT / St. John's IceCaps
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Offensive Explosion Leads to 3-1 Series Lead
The St. John\u2019s IceCaps dominated from the opening faceoff en route to a big 5-1 win in Game 4 Monday night at The Scope in Norfolk, VA

NORFOLK, VA – The St. John’s IceCaps dominated from the opening faceoff en route to a big 5-1 win in Game 4 Monday night at The Scope in Norfolk, VA.

With the win, St. John’s took a commanding 3-1 series lead and can advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in three seasons with a win Tuesday night.

Eric O’Dell scored twice, Jason Jaffray had a goal and two assists, and Carl Klingberg notched a goal and an assist. Will O’Neill and Josh Morrissey each had a pair of helpers, while Jerome Samson recorded the other tally. Michael Hutchinson stopped 28-of-29 shots in the win.

St. John’s once again struck first on Klingberg’s first of the postseason just 4:11 in. O’Neill one-timed a shot from the point that was deflected by Klingberg in front of Brad Thiessen and into the back of the net. Morrissey picked up the other assist as the IceCaps took a 1-0 lead.

The IceCaps increased their lead on the power play at 14:39 of the opening frame. Morrissey fired a shot from the top of the left circle that was redirected in front by Jaffray and past Thiessen for a 2-0 advantage.

Early in the second, the IceCaps got a quick goal to make it 3-0. After a heroic effort by Jordan Hill to block a shot, St. John’s moved up-ice on a two-on-one rush. Samson kept and fired a wrister over Thiessen’s glove for his second in as many games.

Minutes later, O’Dell gave the IceCaps a 4-0 lead. O’Dell banged in a rebound after a scramble in front of the Admirals net for his third of the playoffs.

The Admirals got on the board with 11:24 to go in the second. Andre Petersson walked in on the right side and wristed a shot over the blocker of Hutchinson to make it a 4-1 game.

The IceCaps capped off the scoring late in the third on O’Dell’s second of the contest. O’Dell made a great second effort to dive and swat a loose puck past Thiessen from the side of the net, which made it 5-1.

Game 5 of the best-of-seven series goes Tuesday night at The Scope (8:45 PM NT) as the IceCaps can advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com or 930 AM, or watch live at www.ahllive.com. Pregame show begins 30 minutes before puck drop.

Notes: 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 4’s attendance was announced at 2112… St. John’s went 1-for-7 on the power play and 0-for-5 on the penalty kill… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Eric O’Dell 2. Jason Jaffray 3. Carl Klingberg… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Jordan Hill.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - ANA 79 50 22 7 232 217 107
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 SJS 77 38 30 9 217 216 85
11 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
12 COL 77 35 30 12 207 218 82
13 EDM 77 23 41 13 186 260 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

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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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