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IceCaps Tie Up Series

Hutchinson superb in IceCaps’ Game 2 win

Sunday, 05.25.2014 / 8:54 PM CT / 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 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
11 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 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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