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IceCaps Look to Take 3-1 Lead Over Penguins

Thursday, 05.29.2014 / 10:46 AM CT / St. John's IceCaps
By Chris Doyle  - St. John's IceCaps Communications Coordinator
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IceCaps Look to Take 3-1 Lead Over Penguins
After disposing of the Penguins 5-0 in Game 3 Wednesday, the IceCaps look to take a stranglehold of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals with a victory in Game 4 Thursday night.

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After disposing of the Penguins 5-0 in Game 3 Wednesday, the IceCaps look to take a stranglehold of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals with a victory in Game 4 Thursday night.

LAST GAME: The IceCaps played a flawless road game and pounded the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5-0 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Final series at Mohegan Sun Arena Wednesday night.

With the win, the IceCaps took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Andrew Gordon had three assists and Eric O’Dell notched a goal and an assist, while Michael Hutchinson stopped all 30 shots he faced for his second shutout of the postseason. Jason Jaffray, Kael Mouillierat, Zach Redmond and Patrice Cormier also scored for St. John’s.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for the IceCaps: Kris Fredheim, Jerome Samson, Ryan Olsen, Cody Lampl, Julian Melchiori, Ryan Schnell, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Eddie Pasquale, Jussi Olkinuora… The IceCaps have scored first in 11-of-13 games this postseason, winning nine… St. John’s has scored five goals in a game in four of their last seven contests… The IceCaps busted out of a slump with the man advantage, scoring their first power play tallies of the series (2-for-5). The penalty killing unit was a perfect 6-for-6 and now stands at 14-for-14 overall in the series… Kyle MacKinnon failed to extend his point streak to five games… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Michael Hutchinson 2. Andrew Gordon 3. Eric O’Dell… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Patrice Cormier.

FIRST GOAL WINS: With the opening goal to their credit in both Game 2 and Game 3, the IceCaps have now scored first in 11-of-13 postseason contests, winning nine. The Penguins have won six-of-seven when getting on the board first.

CREAM OF THE CROP: The IceCaps have to be pleased with the heavy lifting done by the team’s offensive leaders. Of the 38 goals the IceCaps have scored over their 13 postseason games to date, Andrew Gordon (8) and Eric O’Dell (8) account for 16 of them. O’Dell notched an unassisted tally in Game 3 while Gordon racked up three assists and leads the club with 13 points while sitting fourth in the AHL in scoring.

GOALIE LEADER: IceCaps goaltender Michael Hutchinson continues to lead all active goaltenders in several stat categories, including GAA (1.68), wins (9), saves (378) and SV% (.945), while sitting tied for first in shutouts (2) with Toronto’s Drew MacIntyre. Hutchinson has allowed just one goal in his last 145:24 played.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (2014 Playoffs)

St. John’s: Andrew Gordon (3GP, 2-3-5) | Eric O’Dell (3GP, 1-2-3) | Michael Hutchinson (2-1-0, 1.35 GAA, .959 save %)

W-B/Scranton: Conor Sheary (3GP, 1-1-2) | Anton Zlobin (3GP, 1-1-2) | Peter Mannino (1-2-0, 3.41 GAA, .895 save %)

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
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 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 76 24 37 12 61
B. Wheeler 74 25 34 24 59
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 76 14 32 9 46
D. Byfuglien 67 18 27 6 45
D. Stafford 70 16 25 -15 41
M. Frolik 76 17 23 4 40
M. Perreault 57 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 66 14 15 -19 29
T. Myers 66 7 19 -9 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 15 7 .917 2.39
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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