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Down 3-1 in the series, the St. John’s IceCaps look to extend the Calder Cup Finals to a sixth game with a win in Game 5 Tuesday night versus the Texas Stars at Mile One Centre.
Texas has won two straight overtime games to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and is one win away from claiming its first-ever Calder Cup championship.
LAST GAME: The Stars rallied from a three-goal deficit to come away with a 4-3 overtime victory over the IceCaps in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals Monday night at Mile One Centre.
Travis Morin scored the game-winner 2:24 into the extra session, his second goal of the game and second straight overtime winner. With the win, the Stars took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Ben Chiarot, Carl Klingberg, and Kael Mouillierat had the markers for the IceCaps, who had a 3-0 lead before the Stars mounted a ferocious comeback. Michael Hutchinson made 34 saves in a losing effort.
Morin finished the game with three points (2G, 1A) while Brendan Ranford had three helpers.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for St. John’s: Ryan Olsen, Cody Lampl, JC Lipon, Ryan Schnell, Josh Lunden, Julian Melchiori, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Jussi Olkinuora, Eddie Pasquale… Kael Mouillierat has scored a single tally in each game of the Calder Cup Finals (4)… St. John’s went 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill… St. John’s outshot Texas 21-5 in the first period, before being outshot 38-35 overall… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Travis Morin 2. Brett Ritchie 3. Carl Klingberg… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Kael Mouillierat.
OVERTIME RECORD: With back-to-back overtime losses to Texas in Games 3 and 4, the IceCaps are now 0-3 in extra time in the 2014 playoffs. In their brief history, the IceCaps are 3-3 in playoff overtime games. Texas improved to 5-0 in overtime this postseason, with all five victories coming on the road. The Stars defeated the Oklahoma City Barons in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals as well as the Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals, all in the extra frame.
COMEBACK TRAIL?: Only three teams in AHL history have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the Calder Cup. The last time it happened was back in 1949 when the Providence Reds defeated the Hershey Bears.
ON FIRE: Kael Mouillierat enters play riding a four-game goal streak, having scored in each Calder Cup Finals game. Mouillierat is tied for seventh with the Stars’ Mike Hedden for goals this postseason (seven).
BACK-TO-BACK: With last night’s loss, the IceCaps have lost consecutive games for the first time this postseason. The IceCaps have not lost three straight all season (they went winless in four from March 26 to April 4, which included an overtime loss and a shootout defeat), and have only once lost twice in a row at home (November 15-16 vs. Worcester).
PLAYOFF LEADERS: Thanks to another big game in Game 4 with three points, the Stars’ Travis Morin remains on top of the playoff scoring race with 22 points (9G, 13A). The IceCaps’ Andrew Gordon notched an assist in Game 4 and currently sits all alone in second place with 18 points (8G, 10A).
SITUATIONAL RECORDS: All-time, the IceCaps have never won a playoff game when allowing more than three goals (0-8)… St. John’s lost for just the second time in 12 games when leading after two periods this postseason… The IceCaps have never won a Game 5 (0-3)… St. John’s fell to 12-4 when scoring first in this year’s playoffs, and 1-1 in the Calder Cup Finals.
St. John’s: Kael Mouillierat (4GP, 4-0-4) | Eric O’Dell (3GP, 0-3-3) | Michael Hutchinson (1-3, 2.90 GAA, .918 SV%)
Texas: Travis Morin (4GP, 5-2-7) | Brenden Ranford (4GP, 1-5-6) | Cristopher Nilstorp (3-1, 2.18 GAA, .931 SV%)
ICECAPS NOTES: The IceCaps’ loss in Game 4 marked the first back-to-back defeats for the team in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs. St. John’s is now 0-3 in overtime during the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs; its first OT loss was a 3-2 defeat to the Norfolk Admirals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 13th at Norfolk Scope. St. John’s broke an 0-for-12 power play drought in the series when Mouillierat scored on a five-on-three advantage in the second period of Game 4. The IceCaps have allowed one goal or fewer in 10 of their 20 playoff games this year, posting a perfect 10-0 record in that scenario.
STARS NOTES: Travis Morin because just the third player in AHL history to score two overtime goals in the same Calder Cup Finals series, joining Bud Stefanski of the 1984 Maine Mariners and Doug Robinson of the 1963 Buffalo Bisons. After being out-shot 29-6 through the game’s first 30 minutes, the Stars out-shot St. John’s 32-6 over the final 32 minutes and 24 seconds of play. Texas has out-scored its opposition 30-9 combined in the third period and overtime during the 2014 playoffs. Captain Maxime Fortunus is the only Texas Stars player to have skated in every Calder Cup Playoff game (59) in franchise history. Fortunus played in his 114th career Calder Cup Playoff game in Game 4 on Monday, which ranks him seventh in AHL history. He trails Jody Gage (117 GP, 1979-1996 Adirondack Red Wings, Rochester Americans) for sixth on the league’s all-time list.
CALDER CUP FINALS RECAP: After splitting the first two games in Cedar Park, Texas, the Stars have defeated the IceCaps in two straight at Mile One, with both victories coming in overtime. Travis Morin (5-2-7) leads the team in points in the series for Texas and has scored both overtime winners. Kael Mouillierat (4-0-4) has scored in each of the four games of the series and leads the IceCaps in scoring in the Calder Cup Finals. The IceCaps finally broke through on the power play in Game 4, going 1-for-4 (7.1% in the series), while the Stars went 0-for-3 to fall to 1-for-8 (12.5%).