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IceCaps Looking to Even Up Series With Texas

Monday, 16.06.2014 / 1:45 PM / St. John's IceCaps
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IceCaps Looking to Even Up Series With Texas
After suffering a heartbreaking overtime loss in Game 2, the St. John\u2019s IceCaps had almost a week to refocus and regroup as they prepare to face the Texas Stars in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals at Mile One Centre on Monday night.

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After suffering a heartbreaking overtime loss in Game 2, the St. John’s IceCaps had almost a week to refocus and regroup as they prepare to face the Texas Stars in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals at Mile One Centre on Monday night.

LAST GAME: Travis Morin scored the overtime winner at 12:40 of the extra frame as the Stars edged the IceCaps 2-1 in Game 3 at Mile One Centre on Wednesday night.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net through the opening period but Texas controlled the pace of the game and led 12-7 on the shot clock.

Brett Ritchie opened the scoring at 15:54 of the second period as he slid a rebound under the pads of IceCaps goaltender Michael Hutchinson.

The Stars continued to pour on the pressure and fired 26 shots on Hutchinson through two periods.

The IceCaps surged back in the third period to tie the game as Kael Mouillierat deflected a Zach Redmond point shot behind Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp with just over eight minutes remaining, forcing overtime.

The IceCaps had several chances to close out the game in overtime but were unable to capitalize. Josh Lunden appeared to have won the game for the IceCaps as he knocked in a puck that had squirted free from the grasp of Nilstorp but the referee had already blown the play dead.

As Patrice Cormier was exiting the penalty box after serving a two-minute minor for hooking, he collected a loose puck and went in alone on Nilstorp who came up with the big save to help set up Morin’s heroics moments later.

Nilstorp had a strong game between the pipes for the Stars and earned the victory with 31 saves.

Hutchinson settled for the loss with a 34-save night.

NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for the IceCaps: Ryan Olsen, Jordan Hill, Cody Lampl, J.C. Lipon, Ryan Schnell, Julian Melchiori Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Jussi Olkinuora, Eddie Pasquale… Michael Hutchinson has made a combined 80 saves in his last two games, allowing just three goals… St. John’s went 0-for-5 on the man advantage, and killed off 3-of-3 shorthanded situations… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Cristopher Nilstorp 2. Michael Hutchinson 3. Travis Morin… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Zach Redmond.

OVERTIME RECORD: With the overtime loss to Texas in Game 3, the IceCaps are now 0-2 in extra time in the 2014 playoffs. Their previous overtime loss was a 3-2 decision to the Norfolk Admirals on May 13. In their brief history, the IceCaps are 3-2 in playoff overtime games. Texas improved to 4-0 in overtime this postseason.

THREE’S COMPANY: The IceCaps’ loss Wednesday night was their first loss in a Game 3 in the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs. They won Game 3 in each of their first three series.

HEATING UP: With his goal in Game 3, IceCaps forward Kael Mouillierat now has goals in all three games of the Calder Cup Finals and sits third on the club with six this postseason.

BOUNCE BACK GAMES: Through 19 playoff games, the IceCaps have yet to lose back-to-back contests.

PLAYOFF LEADERS: Thanks to his big game in Game 3, the Stars’ Travis Morin remains on top of the playoff scoring race with 19 points (7G, 12A). The IceCaps’ Andrew Gordon failed to record a point in Game 3 and currently sits in a tie for second place with the Stars’ Mike Hedden with 17 points.

HEAD-TO-HEAD LEADERS:

St. John’s: Kael Mouillierat (3GP, 3-0-3) | Eric O’Dell (3GP, 0-2-2) | Michael Hutchinson (1-2, 2.58 GAA, .926 SV%)

Texas: Travis Morin (3GP, 3-1-4) | Scott Glennie (3GP, 2-1-3) | Cristopher Nilstorp (2-1, 1.94 GAA, .938 SV%)

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 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
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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