Wednesday, April 30th (7:30 PM NDT, Mile One Centre)
GAME 3 – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-five series tied 1-1)
(4) ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS vs (5) ALBANY DEVILS
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After splitting a pair of games in Albany, the best-of-five Eastern Conference Quarterfinal between the St. John’s IceCaps and Albany Devils shifts back to Mile One Centre in St. John’s where, beginning tonight, the IceCaps will enjoy the comfort of home ice for the remainder of the series.
Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced, including 20 in the third period, to lead the Devils to a 4-2 win over the IceCaps in Game 2 last Saturday, tying the series at one game apiece after St. John’s fired the opening salvo with a 2-1 win in Game 1 Friday.
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LAST GAME: Brenden Kichton opened the scoring in Game 2 with his first playoff goal as a professional near the halfway point of the first period, only to have the Devils steal the momentum with a goal from Reid Boucher less than a minute later.
The Devils surged ahead on Stefan Matteau’s power play goal with just over three minutes to play in the frame to give the Devils a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission.
Kichton’s second of the night, a power play goal, tied the game at 2-2 just 5:11 into the second period but the Devils again responded quickly and grabbed the lead for good, with Mattias Tedenby lighting the lamp just under three minutes later.
Scott Timmins added an insurance marker at 10:01 of the third period to seal the win.
Devils goaltender Keith Kincaid finished the game with 30 saves, while IceCaps starter Michael Hutchinson countered with a 30-save performance of his own.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME: Not dressed for St. John’s: Will O’Neill, Cody Lampl, Ryan Schnell, Julian Melchiori, Brandon MacLean, Austen Brassard, Adam Lowry, Eric Comrie… St. John’s went 1-for-4 on the power play and 6-for-9 on the penalty kill… John Albert led the IceCaps with seven shots on goal… Zach Redmond has points in back-to-back games (2A)… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Keith Kinkaid 2. Mattias Tedenby 3. Brenden Kichton… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Andrew Gordon.
SPECIAL TEAMS A FACTOR: The IceCaps found themselves in penalty trouble in Game 2 and allowed three power-play goals on nine opposition opportunities. Even though it seemed there was a constant stream of IceCaps heading to the box, their nine penalties were only the third-most minor penalties issued in a single game against one team this postseason (Abbotsford was whistled for 12 and Milwaukee 10, both on Apr. 26)… The Devils have scored four power play goals on 11 opportunities thus far in the series, good for a 36.4% power-play conversion rate, the second best in the league. Conversely, the IceCaps’ 63.6% penalty kill rate is the second worst in the league during the same span.
NOTABLES: The IceCaps have not scored a goal on home ice in two straight playoff games. Prior to being shut out in Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Norfolk Admirals in 2012, the last goal scored at Mile One Centre by an IceCap was in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on May 12, 2012, when Aaron Gagnon notched the eventual game-winner 57 seconds into third period…. St. John’s is 4-4 at home all-time in the postseason… The IceCaps are 2-1 all-time in Game 3s, including 1-1 at home.
STJ: Brenden Kichton 2 PTS (2G) | Zach Redmond 2 PTS (2A) | Michael Hutchinson (1-1-0, 2.55 GAA, .917 SV%)
ALB: Mattias Tedenby 2 PTS (1G,1A) | Kelly Zajac 2 PTS (2A) | Keith Kinkaid (1-1-0, 2.02 GAA, .938 SV%)