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The Rock Report 11/26

by Staff Writer / Winnipeg Jets

After splitting the two-game series against the Hamilton Bulldogs Tuesday and Wednesday, the IceCaps picked up three points in their weekend series against the division rival Providence Bruins, including a big 6-0 victory on Sunday. St. John’s finished its six-game home stand with a 3-2-0-1 record and takes to the road for three games this week beginning in Adirondack on Wednesday, and concluding Friday and Saturday in Albany and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.


Tuesday, November 20 – St. John's IceCaps 3 Hamilton Bulldogs 1

Eddie Pasquale turned in his best performance of the season, making 45 saves as the St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 Tuesday night at Mile One Centre.

Pasquale stood on his head all game long, in particular the third period when the home side was outshot 19-5 by the visiting Bulldogs. Overall St. John’s was bested in the shots department 46-19.

Ray Sawada and Derek Meech scored power play goals while Jason Gregoire added an insurance marker in the third period. Meech finished the game with a goal and an assist while Alex Burmistrov notched a pair of helpers. Eric O’Dell picked up an assist in the second period to extend his consecutive game point streak to four, the longest streak by an IceCaps player this season.

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Wednesday, November 21 – Hamilton Bulldogs 2 St. John's IceCaps 3

The IceCaps wasted a terrific effort by goaltender Mark Dekanich in dropping a 2-1 decision to the Hamilton Bulldogs Wednesday night, forcing yet another split of home games for the IceCaps at Mile One Centre.

Steve Quailer scored the eventual game-winner with less than 30 seconds to go in the second period on a weird bounce off the glass and Cedrick Desjardins made 29 saves in just his second

start of the season for Hamilton. Dekanich made 23 saves for St. John’s while Carl Klingberg scored the team’s lone goal.

St. John’s failed to sweep a two-game home series for the fifth time this season and fall to 8-9-0-0 on the season. The Bulldogs won on the road for the first time since their opening game.

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Saturday, November 24 - Providence Bruins 3 St. John's IceCaps 2 (SO)

Netminder Niklas Svedberg made 31 saves and stopped all five IceCaps in the shootout as the Providence Bruins slipped past the St. John’s IceCaps 3-2 Saturday night at Mile One Centre.

Ryan Spooner scored once in regulation and added the only goal in the shootout to pace the Bruins (7-7-0-1) offensively. Eddie Pasquale was under fire for the second consecutive start, making 38 saves. Zach Redmond had a goal and an assist for the IceCaps (8-9-0-1) while Jason Jaffray notched the tying goal on the power play late in the third.

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Sunday, November 25 - St. John's IceCaps 6 Providence Bruins 0

The St. John’s IceCaps thoroughly dominated the Providence Bruins Sunday afternoon in a 6-0 win at Mile One Centre to conclude their six-game home stand and split the two-game series.

Eddie Pasquale made 40 saves for his first shutout of the season and second against the Bruins in his career. Derek Meech scored a goal and added two assists while Spencer Machacek snapped a lengthy pointless drought notching three assists. Paul Postma, John Albert, Derek Whitmore, Max Macenauer and Carl Klingberg also scored for St. John’s (9-9-0-1).

The IceCaps were firing on all cylinders for the full 60 minutes and turned it up another notch in the third, scoring four times. St. John’s went 3-for-6 on the power play while killing off all six Providence man advantages.

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  • Striking Similarities: The last time the IceCaps recorded a shutout at home was on Mar. 14 when the IceCaps blanked the Bulldogs, also by a score of 6-0. Like in Sunday’s 6-0 victory over Providence, Eddie Pasquale was the goaltender and F Spencer Machacek had three points. The contest marked the last time the IceCaps scored six goals or more in a game. As well, Sunday’s outburst matched the club record for largest margin of victory (six).
  • Machacek Breaks Out: F Spencer Machacek snapped his 13-game pointless streak in a big way Sunday. The IceCaps’ leading scorer last season notched three assists and was on the ice for all six St. John’s goals, finishing with a plus-three rating.
  • A First for Whitmore: F Derek Whitmore came through with his first goal as an IceCap in Sunday’s big win. Whitmore converted a Machacek pass from behind the net, beating Bruins’ goaltender Niklas Svedberg high on the glove side. Whitmore also added an assist for his second multi-point game of the season (he had two assists on Oct. 23 vs. Portland) and recorded a team-high six shots on goal, tying him for the most by an IceCap in a single game this season.
  • Eddie Saves: G Eddie Pasquale set a club record for most saves in a regular season game when he stopped 45 shots in a 3-1 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Tuesday. Pasquale has faced 40 or more shots in three straight starts and has made at least 35 saves in four consecutive outings.
  • Power Play Showing Life: After an awful 2-for-56 stretch on the power play from Oct. 24 to Nov. 17, the IceCaps have turned up the electricity in the past four games, going a combined 6-for-22 (27.2%). St. John’s scored three power play goals Sunday for the first time this season, a feat they accomplished seven times last season, most recently in a 4-3 win vs. Springfield on Apr. 8.
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