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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 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 7 5 .919 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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