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Eastern Conference Champions

Tuesday, 03.06.2014 / 8:42 PM / News Articles
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Eastern Conference Champions
The IceCaps advance to the Calder Cup final with a 5-0 win over the Penguins.

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Led by a 34-save shutout performance from Michael Hutchinson and a scoring-by-committee effort, the St. John’s IceCaps pounded the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5-0 Tuesday night to advance to the Calder Cup finals.

The IceCaps, who closed out their Eastern Conference final series in six games with the win, now await the winner of the Texas Stars-Toronto Marlies Western Conference final series.

Eric O’Dell, Adam Lowry, Blair Riley, Zach Redmond, and Jason Jaffray scored for the IceCaps, while Brenden Kichton and Jerome Samson each chipped in with two assists.

O’Dell put the IceCaps on the board with just over two minutes left to play in the opening frame, the 14th time in 16 games this post-season St. John’s has scored first. With the IceCaps pressuring on the power play, Kichton sent a shot-pass to O’Dell in the slot, who tipped it past Peter Mannino to make it 1-0.

In the second, Lowry extended the IceCaps’ lead to two at 3:24. After Josh Morrissey wheeled his way out from behind the net and into the corner, he fed a cross-ice pass to Lowry in front that he redirected blocker side.

St. John’s picked up where it left off in the final frame, getting a goal from Riley – his first of the post-season – at 2:23. After Kichton blasted a shot from the point, Riley tipped it through the five-hole of Mannino while falling down to give the IceCaps a three-goal cushion.

Then, just under three minutes later, Redmond took a feed from Patrice Cormier before wristing a shot from the point that beat Mannino over the glove.

With 48 seconds left to play, Jason Jaffray put the exclamation mark on the win with an empty-netter to make it 5-0 and punch the IceCaps’ ticket to the Calder Cup finals.

Tickets for the Calder Cup championship series go on sale tomorrow, June 4, at Mile One Centre, beginning at 12:00 p.m. Confirmed dates for the series will be announced following the conclusion of the Marlies-Stars series.

NOTES: Not dressed for St. John’s: Ryan Olsen, Will O’Neill, Cody Lampl, JC Lipon, Ryan Schnell, Julian Melciori, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Jussi Olkinuora, Eddie Pasquale… St. John’s went 1-for-5 on the man advantage and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill… The IceCaps finished the series a perfect 32-for-32 on the penalty kill… Andrew Gordon saw his three-game assist streak come to an end… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Michael Hutchinson 2. Eric O’Dell 3. Josh Morrissey… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Zach Redmond.

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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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