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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 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 48 17 23 11 40
B. Little 48 18 20 11 38
B. Wheeler 48 13 23 12 36
D. Byfuglien 48 12 19 9 31
M. Perreault 45 15 14 3 29
M. Frolik 48 10 16 8 26
M. Scheifele 48 7 19 6 26
E. Kane 33 10 9 4 19
A. Lowry 47 5 8 1 13
J. Trouba 32 4 9 4 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 4 2 .935 1.90
O. Pavelec 12 10 6 .913 2.47
 
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