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Looking to Clinch

The IceCaps look to advance to the Calder Cup final with a win tonight.

Saturday, 05.31.2014 / 12:32 PM CT / St. John's IceCaps
By Chris Doyle  - St. John's IceCaps Communications Coordinator
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Looking to Clinch
The IceCaps look to advance to the Calder Cup final with a win tonight.

Saturday, May 31st (8:35 PM NDT, Mohegan Sun Arena)

GAME 5 – Eastern Conference Finals (IceCaps lead best-of-seven series 3-1)

(4) ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS vs (6) WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS

WATCH: AHL Live | LISTEN: stjohnsicecaps.com, 930 AM | FOLLOW: @IceCapsAHL #STJvsWBS

The St. John’s IceCaps eked out a gutsy 2-1 victory in an important Game 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena to take a 3-1 lead over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the American Hockey league Eastern Conference Final. A win in Game 5 would give the IceCaps their first Calder Cup appearance in team history.

LAST GAME: After a scoreless opening frame, the IceCaps kicked it up a notch in the second period, outshooting the Penguins 19-2.

The hard work paid off when Will O’Neill scored a power play goal with 27 seconds remaining in the period to take a 1-0 lead into the third period.

The resilient Penguins tied the game at 6:48 of the third period as Brian Dumoulin’s point shot deflected in behind IceCaps starting goaltender Michael Hutchinson.

The IceCaps didn’t take long to respond and seal the deal as Josh Lunden reeled off a perfect wraparound for his first goal of the postseason at 9:19.

St. John’s played a strong defensive game down the stretch in the third period and Hutchinson shut the door to lead the IceCaps to a 3-1 lead in the series.

Hutchinson was strong between the pipes and finished the night allowing one goal on 18 shots. Penguins starter Peter Mannino made 29 saves.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: 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 … Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Josh Lunden 2. Peter Mannino 3. Michael Hutchinson… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Kyle MacKinnon.

DEPTH IS KEY: With Josh Lunden’s game winner in Game 4, every IceCaps skater has now recorded a point in the 2014 playoffs. St. John’s is the only team in the American Hockey League playoffs to have all skaters on their roster who have played at least one game record a point. Even goaltender Michael Hutchinson has recorded two assists this postseason.

GETTING HOT AT THE RIGHT TIME: Andrew Gordon now 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 point streak, recording a goal and three assists in the span.

CLOSING IT OUT: The IceCaps are now one win away from a berth in the Calder Cup Final. Heading into a potential clinching game, the numbers may be in their favour as they boast a record of 2-1 in 2014 playoff games in which they can close out a series.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS (2014 Playoffs)

St. John’s: Andrew Gordon (4GP, 2-4-6) | Will O’Neill (4GP, 1-3-4) | Michael Hutchinson (3-1-0, 1.26 GAA, .957 save %)

W-B/Scranton: Conor Sheary (4GP, 1-1-2) | Anton Zlobin (4GP, 1-1-2) | Peter Mannino (1-3-0, 3.03 GAA, .906 save %)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - ANA 79 50 22 7 232 217 107
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
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 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 SJS 77 38 30 9 217 216 85
11 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
12 COL 77 35 30 12 207 218 82
13 EDM 77 23 41 13 186 260 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 77 24 37 11 61
B. Wheeler 75 25 34 24 59
B. Little 66 24 27 9 51
M. Scheifele 77 14 32 8 46
D. Byfuglien 68 18 27 5 45
M. Frolik 77 17 23 3 40
M. Perreault 58 18 19 4 37
A. Lowry 75 10 12 -2 22
T. Enstrom 58 4 18 7 22
J. Trouba 61 7 14 4 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 16 7 .916 2.41
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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