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IceCaps Look to Even Series With Penguins

Sunday, 05.25.2014 / 11:00 AM CT / St. John's IceCaps
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IceCaps Look to Even Series With Penguins
The St. John\u2019s IceCaps look to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals with a win over the Wilkes-Barre\/Scranton Penguins in Game 2 Sunday night at Mile One Centre.

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The St. John’s IceCaps look to even the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals with a win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in Game 2 Sunday night at Mile One Centre.

LAST GAME: Tom Kostopoulos scored the game-winner and Peter Mannino made 31 saves, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins edged the St. John’s IceCaps 3-2 Saturday night at Mile One Centre to take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final series.

Chuck Kobasew and Conor Sheary also scored for the Penguins. Andrew Gordon notched both of the IceCaps’ goals, while Michael Hutchinson turned aside 29 in a losing effort.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for St. John’s: Ryan Olsen, Jordan Hill, Cody Lampl, Ryan Schnell, Josh Lunden, Julian Melchiori, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Jussi Olkinuora, Eddie Pasquale… Gordon now has three goals in his last two games… The IceCaps went 0-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill… St. John’s outshot Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 33-32… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Tom Kostopoulos 2. Andrew Gordon 3. Brian Gibbons… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Brenden Kichton.

SCORING IN BUNCHES: IceCaps forward Andrew Gordon notched two goals last night to bring his playoff total to eight, good for second in the AHL. Five of Gordon’s eight goals have come in two games; he notched a hat trick in Game 4 versus Albany in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Gordon’s total makes him the highest goal-scorer in IceCaps playoff history, one more than Eric O’Dell (7).

ATOP THE LIST: Zach Redmond’s assist in Game 1 gave him eight for the postseason and 10 for his career, moving him past Paul Postma (9) for most in franchise history.

STRIKING FIRST: The IceCaps have scored first in all but two games this postseason. In those nine contests, St. John’s is 7-2. The Penguins have just two wins in five tries when their opponent gets on the board first.

DÉJÀ VU: The IceCaps and Penguins have a playoff history, having met in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2012. That series went the distance, with the IceCaps winning 3-2 in Game 7 on home ice to advance. After splitting the first two games at Mile One, the clubs traded blows in three straight overtime games at Mohegan Sun Arena.

IRON MEN: John Albert and Patrice Cormier have suited up in all 26 IceCaps playoff games in franchise history. Carl Klingberg sits next on the list with 23 games played.

ROLE REVERSAL: During the regular season, the IceCaps finished third in goals for (3.39 per game) while the Penguins finished 1st in goals against (2.43 per game). The postseason thus far has seen the teams flip: St. John’s has allowed just 22 goals in 11 games, good for third overall, while the Penguins have scored 39 times in 12 contests, fourth-best in the league.

FAMILIAR FACES: One of the subplots of the series will be the return of former IceCaps Spencer Machacek and Peter Mannino, who were members of the opening night roster in October 2011. Machacek played nearly two full seasons with St. John’s, suiting up in 118 games and collecting 75 points (29G, 46A) and 93 penalty minutes. He led St. John’s in scoring in 2011-12 with 50 points (18G, 32A) while chipping in seven assists in 11 playoff games. Machacek split this past season with Springfield (34GP, 9G, 10A) and W-B/Scranton (22GP, 10G, 4A) and has played seven playoff games for the Penguins, registering a pair of helpers. Mannino played just 10 games for the IceCaps in 2011-12 before being re-assigned in January of 2012. In that time, Mannino went 4-5-0 with a 2.77 GAA, .909 SV% and one shutout, the first in franchise history on Oct. 8, 2011 at Manchester, a 1-0 win.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (2014 Regular Season)

St. John’s: Carl Klingberg (4GP, 2-1-3) | Eric O’Dell (3GP, 2-1-3) | Eddie Pasquale (2-2-0, 2.02 GAA)

W-B/Scranton: Bobby Farnham (3GP, 2-2-4) | Brendan Mikkelson (4GP, 0-4-4) | Jeff Deslauriers (1-1-0, 1.01 GAA)

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 75 24 35 11 59
B. Wheeler 73 24 34 24 58
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 75 14 32 10 46
D. Byfuglien 66 16 27 7 43
M. Frolik 75 17 23 4 40
D. Stafford 69 16 24 -14 40
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 65 14 15 -18 29
T. Myers 65 7 18 -9 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 14 7 .919 2.35
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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