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Offensive Explosion Leads to 3-1 Series Lead

Monday, 12.05.2014 / 9:50 PM / 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 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 65 22 30 13 52
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
B. Wheeler 63 17 29 13 46
D. Byfuglien 65 15 27 6 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 65 10 26 2 36
M. Frolik 65 14 20 5 34
D. Stafford 59 11 17 -20 28
J. Tlusty 55 13 11 -19 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 8 5 .918 2.34
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.57
 
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