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Hutchinson Pulls Out All the Stops

Monday, 06.9.2014 / 10:39 PM CT / News Articles
By Chris Doyle  - St. John's IceCaps Communications Coordinator
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Hutchinson Pulls Out All the Stops
Michael Hutchinson makes 49 saves to give the IceCaps their first win of the series.

CEDAR PARK, TX – Buoyed by a superlative performance by Michael Hutchinson, the St. John’s IceCaps slipped past the Texas Stars 2-1 in Game 2 Monday night at Cedar Park Center. The win sends the IceCaps back home to St. John’s for Games 3, 4 and 5 with a split of the first two games in Texas.

Hutchinson stonewalled the Stars’ comeback bid in the third period, making 20 saves – many of the highlight-reel variety – to earn his 12th victory of the postseason. The Barrie, Ontario native stopped 49 shots in total, setting a new IceCaps playoff record.

Blair Riley scored the eventual game-winner and Kael Mouillierat had the other tally for St. John’s. Cristopher Nilstorp was sharp for the Stars, making 33 saves on 35 shots, while Brendan Ranford had the lone Texas marker.

After weathering a Stars’ storm in the opening few minutes, the IceCaps got on the board on their second shot on goal. Zach Redmond made a nice feed through the middle of the ice to a streaking Eric O’Dell, who gained the zone and fired a shot that trickled through Nilstorp. Mouillierat was there to stuff home the loose puck and put the IceCaps on top 1-0.

Just 29 seconds into the second period, the Stars tied things up. Travis Morin’s shot was partially deflected and the puck found the stick of Ranford at the side of the goal. The rookie whacked in his eighth of the playoffs past a helpless Hutchinson to make it a 1-1 game.

Just 44 seconds later, the IceCaps retook the lead on Riley’s second goal of the postseason. Kyle MacKinnon picked up the puck behind the Stars net and sent a beautiful tape-to-tape pass in the slot to Riley, who one-timed it past Nilstorp on the blocker side for a 2-1 IceCaps lead.

The third period was all Stars but Hutchinson came up huge time after time, including several lunging goalmouth saves to help the IceCaps come out of Texas with a split.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven Calder Cup Finals goes Wednesday night at Mile One Centre in St. John’s (7:30 PM NDT/6:00 PM EDT). Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers on Rogers TV, Eastlink TV and www.ahllive.com, or listen at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and 930 AM. Pregame show gets underway 30 minutes before puck drop.

Notes: Scratched for St. John’s: Kris Fredheim, Ryan Olsen, Cody Lampl, JC Lipon, Ryan Schnell, Julian Melchiori, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Jussi Olkinuora, Eddie Pasquale… The IceCaps went 0-for-1 on the power play and did not take a single penalty… Will O’Neill’s five-game point streak and three-game goal streak were halted… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Michael Hutchinson 2. Cristopher Nilstorp 3. Blair Riley… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Jason Jaffray.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
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 76 24 37 12 61
B. Wheeler 74 25 34 24 59
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 76 14 32 9 46
D. Byfuglien 67 18 27 6 45
D. Stafford 70 16 25 -15 41
M. Frolik 76 17 23 4 40
M. Perreault 57 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 66 14 15 -19 29
T. Myers 66 7 19 -9 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 15 7 .917 2.39
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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