St. John’s drops three-of-four against divisional foes; club to renew rivalries against Whale, Marlies this week. The IceCaps split a pair of games in Manchester against the Monarchs before running out of gas Sunday against the Portland Pirates in Lewiston, ME, in their third game in less than 48 hours. Friday’s 5-2 loss against the Monarchs was followed up by a big 5-3 comeback win Saturday, but St. John’s couldn’t string together another victory Sunday, losing 6- 1 to the Pirates. The IceCaps play just twice this week: Wednesday in Hartford, CT against the Whale and Sunday afternoon in Toronto versus the Marlies.
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Friday, February 15 – Manchester Monarchs 5 St. John’s IceCaps 2
The St. John’s IceCaps lost their fifth straight game in a 5-2 loss to the Manchester Monarchs Friday night at Verizon Wireless Arena.
Brandon Kozun potted two goals including the game-winner, while Tyler Toffoli also had a pair for Manchester. Martin Jones made 22 saves for his second win against the IceCaps this season.
Eric O’Dell notched a goal and an assist for St. John’s, while Jason Jaffray picked up a power play tally. Despite allowing five goals, Mark Dekanich played a solid game between the pipes and kept his team within striking distance for much of the contest, finishing with 28 saves.
Saturday, February 16 – St. John’s IceCaps 5 Manchester Monarchs 3
The St. John’s IceCaps rebounded from an early 2-0 deficit to down the Manchester Monarchs 5-3 Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.
Carl Klingberg, Aaron Gagnon, Patrice Cormier, Spencer Machacek and Jason Jaffray (into an empty net) scored for the IceCaps, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Tanner Pearson scored on the Monarchs’ first shot, after being sent in alone against IceCaps netminder Mark Dekanich 3:55 into the first period. Brandon Kozun made it 2-0 Manchester on the
Monarchs’ fifth shot about four minutes later, which chased Dekanich from the game. Chris Carrozzi, just recently recalled from Ontario of the ECHL, took over for Dekanich between the pipes and was solid the rest of the way, in picking up the win.
Sunday, February 17 – Portland Pirates 6 St. John’s IceCaps 1
The St. John’s IceCaps were beaten 6-1 by the Portland Pirates Sunday afternoon at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. Portland scored three times in the first period – a deficit the IceCaps were unable to recover from – and received a solid effort from goaltender Mike Lee, who made 30 saves in the win. Chris Brown led the way with a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner, while Michael Stone had three helpers.
Jason Gregoire scored the IceCaps’ lone goal with 30 seconds remaining in regulation time. Chris Carrozzi received his first start of the season for St. John’s and was peppered with 36 shots, finishing with 30 saves in the loss.
Goals Still Flowing for Jaffs: After two multi-goal games in the final four games of the IceCaps’ most recent home stand, Jason Jaffray has continued his torrid pace finding the back of the net. The captain has six goals in his last seven games, and had a three-game scoring streak snapped in Sunday’s loss vs. POR. Three of Jaffray’s last six markers have come with the man advantage.
Jets Update: Winnipeg oddly lost all three home games this past week, despite the MTS Centre being known as a tough place to play for opponents. The Jets lost a pair of 3-2 games to the Flyers and Bruins, as well as a 3-1 decision to the Penguins. Last season, Winnipeg went 23-11-4 at home compared to just 11-20-4 on the road. The Jets now embark on a five-game road trip and will play nine of their next 11 games away from MTS Centre.
O’Dell Climbing the Ranks: F Eric O’Dell has emerged as one of the most dangerous IceCaps in the New Year. In his last 18 games, O’Dell has notched 15 points, including eight goals. O’Dell has already surpassed his 2011-12 totals (12G, 10A, 22PTS in 39 games) in three fewer games and will finish the season with new career highs in goals, assists and points.
Pair of Firsts: F Aaron Gagnon has a mini two-game point streak (1G, 1A) and has four points (1G, 3A) in four games since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for 15 games. Gagnon notched his first goal of the season in Saturday’s win at MCH… G Chris Carrozzi made his first start of the season for St. John’s on Sunday, making 30 saves on 36 shots in the club’s 6-1 loss to the Pirates. On Saturday, Carrozzi was terrific in relief of mark Dekanich, stopping 15-of-16 shots and picking up the win in the IceCaps’ 5-3 comeback win over the Monarchs.
Injury Report: Defencemen Derek Meech and Ben Chiarot missed all three weekend games with undisclosed injuries. Also injured: Jason King (head), John Albert (upper body), Hunter Tremblay (head), and Ivan Telegin (undisclosed).