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IceCaps Tie Up Series

Hutchinson superb in IceCaps’ Game 2 win

Sunday, 25.05.2014 / 9:54 PM / St. John's IceCaps
By Chris Doyle  - St. John's IceCaps Communications Coordinator
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IceCaps Tie Up Series
Hutchinson superb in IceCaps\u2019 Game 2 win

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Led by a stellar 34-save performance from Michael Hutchinson and goals from Carl Klingberg and Kyle MacKinnon, the St. John’s IceCaps downed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1 Sunday night at Mile One Centre.

With the win, St. John’s evened up its best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final series 1-1.

The IceCaps struck first 13:54 into the opening frame, when MacKinnon notched his second of the post-season. Sprung on a partial breakaway by Blair Riley, MacKinnon busted in on goal with a head of steam before firing it top shelf over the blocker of Peter Mannino to make it 1-0.

In the second period, Klingberg extended the IceCaps’ lead to two at 6:24. With St. John’s pressuring in the Penguins’ zone, Eric O’Dell dished the disc to O’Neill, whose wrist shot from the point was tipped in by Klingberg high to the glove side of Mannino, who made 27 saves in a losing effort.

With under six minutes to play in the middle frame, Hutchinson stoned Harry Zolnierczyk’s breakaway attempt with a quick pad save to help preserve his shutout bid through 40 minutes.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton cut the deficit to one with just over a minute remaining in the final period, however, on a goal from Anton Zlobin. With Mannino pulled for the extra attacker, Zlobin took the feed from Brian Gibbons and wristed it past a helpless Hutchinson to make it 2-1.

From there, the IceCaps closed out the win to even up the series at one game apiece.

The best-of-seven series now shifts to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for Games 3, 4, and 5, with Game 3 set for Wednesday night (8:35 PM NT) at Mohegan Sun 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 8:05.

Notes: Not dressed for St. John’s: Kris Fredheim, Jerome Samson, Ryan Olsen, Cody Lampl, Ryan Schnell, Julian Melchiori, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Jussi Olkinuora, Eddie Pasquale… The IceCaps went 0-for-3 on the man advantage and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill… Andrew Gordon saw his two-game goal-scoring streak come to an end… The IceCaps have scored the game’s first goal in 10-of-12 contests this postseason… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Michael Hutchinson 2. Carl Klingberg 3. Kyle MacKinnon… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Patrice Cormier.

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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 65 36 22 7 184 165 79
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 CGY 65 36 25 4 187 167 76
8 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
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

STATS

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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