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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: ICECAPS at BEARS


03/29/2014 - TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
 
ST. JOHN'S ICECAPS at HERSHEY BEARS
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 7:00 PM
GIANT Center

REFEREES: Tim Mayer (19) & Fred Leblanc (30)
LINESMEN: Leo Boylan (97) & Jud Ritter (34)

BEARS vs. ICECAPS:  Welcome to GIANT Center for tonight’s American Hockey League matchup between your Hershey Bears and the visiting St. John’s IceCaps, proudly presented by Spring Creek Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.  Tonight’s meeting is the fourth and final regular-season meeting between the clubs.  St. John’s is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets.
 
ALL-TIME:  The Bears hold a record of 4-6-1 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against the IceCaps.  Last season, the road team was victorious in all four games. 
 
RECENT RECAPS:  Returning home after a three-city Atlantic Division swing, the Bears faced the Albany Devils last night seeking two big standings points.  After trailing 1-0 for most of the game, Hershey exploded for four third-period goals – two on the power play – and got 21 saves from David Leggio to back up a 4-1 win in front of 10,149 fans.  Stefan Matteau would get credit for a fluke goal late in the first period, on the Devils’ first power play of the game.  After Matteau attempted to center the puck, it hit Leggio’s goal stick and banked off of traffic in front – then back over Leggio’s head, and into the net with 13 seconds left in the first period.  The Devils then played their stingy defense, keeping Hershey off of the score sheet.  Halfway through the third period, and on the Bears’ third power play, Dane Byers would tie the game when he deflected a Kris Newbury shot past Scott Wedgewood.  Chay Genoway provided the heroic go-ahead goal, and Brandon Segal followed by tallying on the power play and later into the empty net.  Casey Wellman picked up two assists on the night.  Coupled with a Norfolk Admirals loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Bears’ win pulled the club within three points of the conference’s final playoff spot with 10 games left to play.
 
Meanwhile, the IceCaps – who have played outstanding hockey, earning 25 of their 41 wins in calendar year 2014 – find themselves on a modest two-game slide after falling 2-1 on the road against the Binghamton Senators last night.  In a game featuring 81 shots on net, only three found the twine.  The IceCaps struck first, on captain Jason Jaffray’s 18th of the season with 3:01 left in the second period.  Sens goaltender Andrew Hammond stopped 27 shots before the goal.  The Sens then tied the game at the 7:29 mark of the third on Matt Puempel’s 25th of the season.  Shane Prince, set up by the second assist of the night from Stephane Da Costa, put the hosts ahead for good.  Hammond – named the game’s first star – did the rest, denying all 16 third-period shots from the IceCaps.  Tyler Beskorowany stopped 38 shots to pick up third-star honors in the game.
 
 
2013-14 SEASON SERIES (1-2-0-0):
Fri. October 18, 2013 @St. John’s Mile One Centre L  1-5
Sat. October 19, 2013 @St. John’s Mile One Centre W  4-0
Wed. November 27, 2013 ST. JOHN’S GIANT Center L  2-4
Sat. March 29, 2014 ST. JOHN’S GIANT Center  
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of March 29):
POS TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS WIN% GF GA
1. Binghamton 65 39 21 1 4 83 .638 239 196
2. W-B/Scranton 67 37 22 3 5 82 .612 187 165
3. Norfolk 66 34 23 2 7 77 .583 173 171
4. HERSHEY 66 33 25 4 4 74 .561 194 186
5. Syracuse 66 27 29 4 6 64 .485 169 196
 
BEARS vs. ICECAPS – TEAM LEADERS:
  HERSHEY St. John’s
Games Played Jeff Taffe, Matt Watkins (65) A. Gordon, J. Jaffray, B. Kichton (67)
Goals Brandon Segal, Jeff Taffe (17) Andrew Gordon (22)
Assists Kris Newbury, Brandon Segal (26) Brenden Kichton (35)
Points Brandon Segal (43) Andrew Gordon (51)
PIMs Dane Byers (197) Blair Riley (124)
Plus/Minus Michael Latta (+13) Ben Chiarot (+24)
Power-Play Goals Jeff Taffe (9) Andrew Gordon, Jerome Samson (10)
Shorthanded Goals Nicolas Deschamps (2) John Albert (6)
Game-Winning Goals Four Tied (4) Kael Mouillierat (5)
Wins David Leggio (19) Eddie Pasquale (17)
Goals-Against Average David Leggio (2.65) Tyler Beskorowany (2.31)
Save Percentage David Leggio (.913) Tyler Beskorowany (.932)
 
BEARS vs. ICECAPS – SPECIAL TEAMS:
  HERSHEY St. John’s
Power Play 52-for-315 (16.5%) – 18th in AHL 66-for-349 (18.9%) – 12th in AHL
Penalty Kill 245-for-294 (83.3%) – 10th in AHL 251-for-300 (83.7%) – 9th in AHL
 
 
BEARS vs. ICECAPS – PLAYERS AMONG THE AHL:
Hershey C Ryan Stoa 2nd, shootout goals (7).
  G David Leggio T5th, shootout wins (4).
  D Julien Brouillette 1st defensemen, shooting percentage (10/48 = 20.8%); T3rd defensemen, PP goals (7).
St. John’s RW Andrew Gordon T19th, points (22-29-51);
  C John Albert 1st, SH goals (6); 1st, SH points (6-0-6);
  C Jason Jaffray T1st, SH assists (2).
  D Ben Chiarot T4th, plus-minus (+24).
  G Eddie Pasquale 13th, GAA (2.43).
  D Brenden Kichton 8th rookies & 5th defensemen, points (10-35-45); 3rd rookies & 5th defensemen, assists (35); 3rd rookies, PP assists (18); 2nd rookies, PP points (4-18-22).
  D Will O’Neill T14th defensemen, points (8-25-33).
  D Julian Melchiori T1st defensemen, SH assists (3); T4th defensemen, SH points (0-3-3).
  RW J.C. Lipon T3rd rookies, major penalties (12).
 
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
3/26 ADD F Caleb Herbert Signed to ATO
 
ICECAPS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
3/28 DEL RW Jamie MacQueen Released from PTO
3/27 ADD C Patrice Cormier Returned on loan from Winnipeg (NHL)
3/24 DEL LW Carl Klingberg Recalled from loan by Winnipeg (NHL)
3/24 ADD LW Carl Klingberg Returned on loan from Winnipeg (NHL)
3/23 DEL C Patrice Cormier Recalled from loan by Winnipeg (NHL)
3/22 ADD C John Albert Returned on loan from Winnipeg (NHL)
3/22 ADD C Patrice Cormier Returned on loan from Winnipeg (NHL)
 
HEAD-TO-HEAD:  C Peter LeBlanc has two goals in the series to pace the IceCaps.  D Dmitry Orlov, currently with the Washington Capitals, leads all scorers with four points (1-3-4).  RW Kael Mouillierat (1-2-3) leads the way for the IceCaps, while D Brenden Kichton has two goals.
 
BEARS / ICECAPS BULLETS:        - St. John’s won 13 of its previous 14 games before embarking on their recent East Division venture, where the club lost at Syracuse on Wednesday and at Binghamton last night.
- Despite their loss last night, St. John’s leads the Eastern Conference and is tied for the overall AHL lead in road wins (21).
                                                                - St. John’s has earned the most road power play chances (187) and most overall (349) in the AHL.
                                                                - St. John’s is 9-6-0-0 against the East Division.
- Hershey is 5-5-0-1 against the Atlantic Division, with one win coming against each of the division teams.
- Hershey LW Kris Newbury played for the former St. John’s Maple Leafs from 2003-2005.
 
WELCOME BACK GORDO:  RW Andrew Gordon returns to the place he called home for four seasons.  Gordon faced the Bears during his time with the Syracuse Crunch in the 2011-12 season, and he faced his former team on GIANT Center ice for the first time back on November 27.  The Halifax, Nova Scotia native ranks 46th in Bears history with 224 points (102 goals, 122 assists) in 267 games from 2007 through 2011, and added a cumulative 30 points in 2009 and 2010 in helping the club to back-to-back Calder Cup championships.  Gordon, who leads the IceCaps in scoring (22-29-51), was originally selected by the Washington Capitals in the 7th round (197th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
 
HE’S PLAYING WELL:  RW Casey Wellman, since returning from NHL duty in Washington, has been contributing nicely offensively.  The native of Brentwood, CA has five points (1-4-5) in his last four games.
 
GAME-WINNING GENO:  Bears D Chay Genoway picked up his first game-winner of the season in last night’s 4-1 win over Albany.  Genoway was named the game’s first star.
 
GREAT DANE:  Captain Dane Byers – playing on a forward line and power-play unit with LW Kris Newbury, his Hartford teammate in 2009-10 – was set up by his linemate for the game-tying goal in last night’s win.
 
FLY LIKE A SEGAL:  RW Brandon Segal finished with a two-goal performance – including the insurance goal and empty-net finisher – to tie C Jeff Taffe for the team goal-scoring lead (17).  Segal leads the team in overall points with (17-26-43).
 
BROUILLETTE NETS TENTH:  D Julien Brouillette tallied his 10th goal of the season in Sunday’s loss at Manchester, pulling his season point total (10-10-20) just one shy of an AHL career best for the native of St. Esprit, Quebec.  His AHL career high is 21 points (7-14-21) set in his first season with Hershey in 2011-12.  The most goals Brouillette scored in one professional season (13) was in 2009-10 with the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers.  Brouillette still leads all AHL defensemen in shooting percentage (10/48=20.8%) and is tied for third among AHL defensemen in power-play goals (seven).
 
ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR POTULNY:  C Ryan Potulny played in the 400th game of his AHL career on Sunday at Manchester.

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