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Eastern Conference Champions

Tuesday, 06.3.2014 / 7:42 PM CT / 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 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 75 24 35 11 59
B. Wheeler 73 24 34 24 58
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 75 14 32 10 46
D. Byfuglien 66 16 27 7 43
M. Frolik 75 17 23 4 40
D. Stafford 69 16 24 -14 40
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 65 14 15 -18 29
T. Myers 65 7 18 -9 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 14 7 .919 2.35
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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