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IceCaps slip past Penguins to take series lead

IceCaps slip past Penguins to take series lead

Thursday, 29.05.2014 / 10:49 PM / St. John's IceCaps
By Chris Doyle  - St. John's IceCaps Communications Coordinator
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IceCaps slip past Penguins to take series lead
IceCaps slip past Penguins to take series lead

WILKES-BARRE, PA – The St. John’s IceCaps moved one step closer to their first Calder Cup Finals appearance with a 2-1 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Mohegan Sun Arena Thursday night.

Josh Lunden scored the game-winner midway through the third while Michael Hutchinson faced just 18 shots, making 17 saves in the victory.

Will O’Neill had a goal and an assist for the IceCaps, who lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 and can clinch a berth in the Calder Cup Finals with a win in Game 5 Saturday night.

After nearly 40 minutes of scoreless hockey, the IceCaps broke the deadlock on a 5-on-3 power play with just 27 seconds left in the second frame. Following a Jason Megna hooking minor and a Zach Sill double-minor for a high-stick on Andrew Gordon that left him bleeding, Will O’Neill teed up a one-timer pass from Gordon and snuck it through Peter Mannino to give St. John’s a 1-0 lead heading into the third. The IceCaps outshot the Penguins 19-2 in the middle stanza.

The Penguins tied it up at 6:49 on an unfortunate bounce. Brian Dumoulin’s shot from the point was headed wide but it caromed off the leg of Brenden Kichton and straight into the net past Hutchinson to even the score at 1-1.

Just minutes later on another IceCaps power play, St. John’s jumped back on top. Lunden picked up the puck down low and circled the net, stuffing the puck past Mannino for the go-ahead goal at 9:19.

The IceCaps hung on down the stretch to put the Penguins on the brink of elimination.

Game 5 is set for Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena (8:35 p.m. NT). Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and 930 AM, or watch online at www.ahllive.com. Pregame show gets underway at 8:00.

NOTES: Not dressed for the IceCaps: Josh Morrissey, Jerome Samson, Ryan Olsen, Cody Lampl, Julian Melchiori, Ryan Schnell, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Eddie Pasquale, Jussi Olkinuora… The IceCaps outshot the Penguins 31-18… St. John’s went 2-for-9 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill. They have not allowed a power play goal on 20 chances in the series… St. John’s has scored two power play goals in back-to-back games… Andrew Gordon has four assists in his last two games and eight points (3G, 5A) in his last five games… Will O’Neill has a three-game points streak (1G, 3A)… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Josh Lunden 2. Peter Mannino 3. Michael Hutchinson… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Kyle MacKinnon.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 33 21 7 5 97 89 47
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 31 21 8 2 94 72 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
6 SJS 32 17 11 4 90 82 38
7 WPG 32 16 10 6 78 75 38
8 LAK 32 15 11 6 84 78 36
9 CGY 33 17 14 2 97 90 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 30 12 13 5 87 103 29
12 COL 31 10 13 8 78 99 28
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 32 7 19 6 66 106 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 32 11 12 3 23
B. Wheeler 32 9 14 2 23
B. Little 32 12 9 5 21
D. Byfuglien 32 7 9 0 16
M. Frolik 32 7 9 7 16
M. Scheifele 32 6 10 1 16
M. Perreault 31 4 9 -1 13
E. Kane 22 5 7 1 12
J. Trouba 31 4 8 3 12
T. Enstrom 22 1 8 -1 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 6 2 2 .937 1.81
O. Pavelec 10 8 4 .916 2.27
 
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