It’s Crunch time

St. John’s (2)  vs. Syracuse (7)

The 2012 AHL Calder Cup quarter-final match-up starts Friday in Syracuse as the IceCaps chose to start on the road at the War Memorial Arena instead of at the Mile One Centre in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Why the start on the road?

An away record of 23-10-5-0 away says a lot. The IceCaps also wanted to play their first two on the road, then to return to Mile One in downtown St. John’s to finish the series – however it ends.

The IceCaps went 1-2-0-1 versus the Crunch this year being outscored 19-15. The top scorers were as follows:

St. John’s:  

Jason DeSantis: 4GP, 2-4-6   Aaron Gagnon: 4GP, 2-4-6

Syracuse:

Kyle Palmieri: 3GP, 5-3-8   Brandon McMillan: 4GP, 3-2-5

 

St. John’s suffered through injury, with 11 scratches at one point in March. Maxime Macenauer, who played with the Crunch earlier this season, remains injured but is with the team in Syracuse. IceCaps Captain Jason Jaffray is recovering from surgery and his recovery time is upwards of 6 months.

Depth is why the ‘Caps clinched the Atlantic Division. An example is 21-year-old Eric O’Dell, who put up seven points in seven April games after being a healthy scratch earlier in the season. O’Dell will not be in the St. John’s lineup unless injury occurs as he was not on the clear day roster.

Mark Scheifele will join the IceCaps here in St. John’s for Game 3 and the remainder of the playoffs, as the Jets assigned him to St. John’s today. His OHL team, the Barrie Colts, were eliminated from the playoffs earlier this week.

Notes: Syracuse has not made the playoffs in 3 years…this will be St. John’s first playoff appearance in history…Syracuse in Anaheim’s farm team.

Catch all the action on:

http://www.tsn.ca/Winnipeg/listen/ (Game 1) Friday 6:30 CST

http://stjohnsicecaps.com/ All Games

Follow me on Twitter for In-Game Tweets

Schedule:

(All Times Newfoundland Standard)

Date Home Visitor Time Result
Friday Apr 20 2012 Syracuse St. John’s 9:00pm NDT
Saturday Apr 21 2012 Syracuse St. John’s 9:00pm NDT
Wednesday Apr 25 2012 St. John’s Syracuse 7:30pm NDT
Friday Apr 27 2012 St. John’s Syracuse 7:30pm NDT
Saturday Apr 28 2012 St. John’s Syracuse 7:30pm NDT

 

Regular Season Scoring Leaders:

Player GP G A +/- PTS
Spencer Machacek 61 18 32 11 50
Paul Postma 56 13 31 -14 44
Jason DeSantis 66 11 32 -2 43
Jason King 70 22 19 -14 41
Jason Jaffray 47 17 21 -2 38
Brock Trotter 42 14 24 -14 38
Carl Klingberg 66 15 22 2 37
Aaron Gagnon 63 14 20 -11 34
Patrice Cormier 56 18 15 0 33
Kevin Clark 72 12 19 -3 31
Zach Redmond 72 8 23 9 31
John Albert 64 9 18 10 27
Marco Rosa 31 6 21 4 27
Ben Maxwell 43 8 17 -7 25
Eric O’Dell 39 12 10 6 22
Arturs Kulda 63 6 14 18 20
Raymond Sawada 43 7 12 -13 19
Brett Festerling 52 3 15 8 18
Jason Gregoire 44 6 8 4 14
Travis Ramsey 75 4 10 -4 14
Garth Murray 62 3 10 0 13
Maxime Macenauer 22 4 3 0 7
Mark Flood 11 1 5 4 6
Shayne Wiebe 12 0 4 0 4
John Negrin 40 0 4 -4 4
Will O’Neill 7 1 2 1 3
Kyle Bushee 8 1 2 1 3
Danny Dries 9 1 2 -1 3
Jake Marto 12 0 3 0 3
Ben Chiarot 18 1 1 -6 2
Derek Meech 6 0 2 0 2
Josh Lunden 14 0 1 2 1
Goaltender W L SL SV%
Eddie Pasquale 23 12 1 0.911
David Aebischer 15 12 2 0.895
Chris Carrozzi 1 1 0 0.877
Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
19 Patrick Maroon 75 32 42 74 17 120 12 0 219 14.6
22 Peter Holland 71 23 37 60 8 59 9 0 181 12.7
21 Kyle Palmieri 51 33 25 58 10 53 6 0 217 15.2
23 Dan Sexton 71 13 30 43 -2 22 5 0 238 5.5
14 Jean-Francois Jacques 65 21 19 40 3 95 4 2 118 17.8
26 Riley Holzapfel (total) 57 16 21 37 11 42 6 0 66 24.2
STJ 29 8 7 15 7 8 4 0 34 23.5
SYR 28 8 14 22 4 34 2 0 32 25.0
27 Mathieu Carle 72 6 31 37 7 41 4 0 170 3.5
15 Brandon McMillan 55 12 18 30 5 36 2 0 95 12.6
7 Kyle Cumiskey (total) 57 6 23 29 1 44 2 0 77 7.8
SYR 57 6 23 29 1 44 2 0 77 7.8
16 Luca Caputi (total) 60 12 13 25 1 29 5 0 123 9.8
TOR 21 2 1 3 -4 10 1 0 36 5.6
SYR 39 10 12 22 5 19 4 0 87 11.5
13 Nick Bonino (X) 19 6 16 22 0 2 0 0 47 12.8
33 Ryan O’Marra (total) 58 9 11 20 15 87 0 1 100 9.0
OKC 40 8 9 17 15 58 0 1 75 10.7
SYR 18 1 2 3 0 29 0 0 25 4.0
33 Bryan Rodney 41 5 15 20 -11 10 2 0 75 6.7
24 John Mitchell 50 8 10 18 7 23 0 0 84 9.5
9 Rick Schofield 73 8 9 17 9 28 0 0 88 9.1
18 Mark Bell 39 7 10 17 -12 41 3 0 79 8.9
20 Troy Bodie 69 5 10 15 -3 119 1 1 106 4.7
2 Mat Clark 62 1 11 12 -1 72 0 0 61 1.6
4 Matt Smaby 30 2 7 9 12 46 1 0 31 6.5
28 Nick Schaus 45 4 4 8 -5 30 2 0 50 8.0
10 Andrew Gordon 19 3 5 8 -1 10 1 0 46 6.5
3 Sebastian Erixon (total) 30 1 7 8 -6 10 1 0 33 3.0
CHI 30 1 7 8 -6 10 1 0 33 3.0
16 Nicolas Deschamps 31 5 2 7 -7 10 1 0 47 10.6
25 Sean Zimmerman 42 1 6 7 12 39 0 0 24 4.2
26 Maxime Macenauer 13 4 2 6 2 2 0 1 19 21.1
17 Josh Brittain 38 2 4 6 -2 37 1 0 47 4.3
8 Nathan Smith 18 1 5 6 -6 4 1 0 20 5.0
32 Matt Kennedy 42 1 5 6 5 60 0 0 38 2.6
29 Mark Fraser 25 0 5 5 13 35 0 0 30 0.0
5 Nate Guenin 27 0 5 5 -4 16 0 0 38 0.0
4 Brian O’Hanley 2 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.0
6 Ryan McGinnis 30 0 2 2 10 14 0 0 45 0.0
36 Emerson Etem 2 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 3 33.3
11 John Kurtz 12 1 0 1 0 40 0 0 11 9.1
4 Kurtis Foster (X) 2 0 1 1 4 4 0 0 1 0.0
34 Devante Smith-Pelly (X) 4 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 6 0.0
4 Michael Ratchuk (X) 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.0
38 Igor Bobkov 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
4 Derrick LaPoint (X) 4 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 2 0.0
12 Dale Mitchell (total) 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 0.0
TOR 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.0
SYR 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.0
29 Kevin King (X) 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.0
31 Marco Cousineau (X) 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.0
4 Trevor Ludwig (total) (X) 7 0 0 0 -6 2 0 0 5 0.0
NOR 3 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0 3 0.0
SYR 4 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 2 0.0
10 Gabe Guentzel 12 0 0 0 -3 6 0 0 23 0.0
30 Antero Niittymaki (total) 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
WOR 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
SYR 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
43 Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers 16 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.0
29 Andy Thomas (total) 16 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 9 0.0
ADK 12 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 7 0.0
BNG 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0
SYR 2 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 1 0.0
35 Iiro Tarkki 50 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0.0
BENCH 76 8 18 8
TOTALS 76 238 391 621 76 1238 63 4 2498 0.092


# Goalies GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
35 Iiro Tarkki 50 2787:57 24 17 4 2 114 2.45 1416 0.925
38 Igor Bobkov 4 246:22 2 1 1 0 11 2.68 116 0.913
31 Marco Cousineau (X) 6 343:11 3 2 0 0 19 3.32 178 0.904
30 Antero Niittymaki (total) 13 683:45 4 8 0 0 41 3.60 291 0.877
WOR 5 299:00 2 3 0 0 15 3.01 121 0.890
SYR 8 384:45 2 5 0 0 26 4.05 170 0.867
43 Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers 16 863:45 6 9 0 0 54 3.75 399 0.881
 Stats from www.stjohnsicecaps.com & www.syracusecrunch.com. Sats as of April 19th, 2012

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