IceCaps Crunch Syracuse – Series Recap

OT GOAL BY DEREK MEECH IN GAME 4 ELIMINATES SYRACUSE; ICECAPS ADVANCE TO EASTER CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Date Home Visitor Time Result
Friday Apr 20 2012

Syracuse

St. John’s

9:00pm NDT

W 2-3

Saturday Apr 21 2012

Syracuse

St. John’s

9:00pm NDT

L 4-3

Wednesday Apr 25 2012

St. John’s

Syracuse

7:30pm NDT

W 5-1

Friday Apr 27 2012

St. John’s

Syracuse

7:30pm NDT

OTW 4-3

*Saturday Apr 28 2012

St. John’s

Syracuse

7:30pm NDT

N/A

Game 1 Recap:

Corner Brook native Jason King scored with 1:22 left in the third period to give the St. John’s IceCaps a 3-2 victory over the Syracuse Crunch last Friday to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five series.

Winnipegger and former Detroit Red Wing Derek Meech had a goal and an assist for the IceCaps, Ben Maxwell set up two goals and Quesnel, B.C. native Aaron Gagnon had the game-tying marker at 12:22 of the third after St. John’s fell behind 2-1.

Eddie Pasquale made 35 saves for the first IceCaps playoff game win in history.

 

Game 2 Recap:

 

Brandon McMillan scored the winning goal on a third-period power play as the Syracuse Crunch beat the St. John’s IceCaps 4-3. Mark Bell, Mat Clark and John Mitchell also scored for Syracuse.

Aaron Gagnon had two goals and Patrice Cormier scored the other.

Iiro Tarkki stopped just 18 shots for the Syracuse win, while Eddie Pasquale made 36 saves for the IceCaps.

The IceCaps scored just 41 seconds into the game on the team’s first shot of the game. Syracuse tied it up at the 11:03 mark of the first period when Bell lunged for a loose puck and slipped it past Pasquale.

Clark gave the Crunch a 2-1 lead just 41 seconds into the second period. Two minutes later Mitchell threw the puck on net and it was deflected past Pasquale to give the Crunch a 3-1 lead.

Patrice Cormier started an IceCaps comeback 4:18 into the second period, then Gagnon tied the game 46 seconds into the third, but the comeback fell short.

 

Game 3 Recap:

Wednesday night’s 5-1 win in St. John’s was the first AHL Playoff game since 2005 at Mile One. Fittingly, the last game featured the Manitoba Moose and St. John’s Maple Leafs. The fans were riled up by big hits and goals. It was playoff hockey at Mile One.

Wednesday’s game was the 39th consecutive sell-out at Mile One, with 5 000+ of the 6 300 fans wearing white for the “whiteout”. The whiteout was a tradition of the original Winnipeg Jets, and the term itself was trademarked by True North Sports and Entertainment – the current owners of the new Winnipeg Jets and IceCaps. The whiteout is for all playoff home games.

Goaldtender Eddie Pasquale made 40 saves and was named first-star as St. John’s downed the Syracuse 5-1 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five AHL playoff series.

Patrice Cormier, Derek Meech, Brock Trotter, John Albert and Ben Maxwell scored for the IceCaps, who fired 38 shots at Syracuse netminder Iiro Tarkki. Derek Meech and fellow defenceman Arturs Kulda, each finished with two points

Dan Sexton had the lone goal for Syracuse.

 

Game 4 Recap:

What a game.

After going down 2-0 early in the first coach on goals by Mark Bell and Emmerson Etem, coach Keith MaCambridge called a timeout. The IceCaps settled down for the end of the period and into the second, where Carl Klingberg snapped a 20–game scoring drought with 17:11 left in the second. Mark Scheifele served some sauce to Klingberg with a terrific pass from the top of the circle. Klingberg out waited goalie Iiro Tarkki, then slide it home to cut the lead to one.

Just 1:31 later, Cleveland, Ohio native John Albert tied the game at two when he took a pass from Ray Sawada and wristed it from the top of the right circle, going far side on Tarkki.

The score remained tied until Etem gave Syracuse a 3-2 lead on his second of the night on a deflection on a shot from the left side.

The fans at the Mile One Centre went wild in the third as IceCaps forward Ray Sawada tied the game on a power play goal on his first of the playoffs.

The roof nearly lifted off of the Mile One Centre when defenseman Derek Meech scored at 5:01 in overtime to power the St. John’s IceCaps to a 4-3 victory over the Crunch. Meech took a pass from Brock Trotter, who hammered it passed a screened Tarkki.

To make things better, the payout on the 50-50 draw Friday night at Mile One: $19,500

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Charles Dart is a regular contributor at winnipegwhiteout.com and passionate 19 year old St. John's IceCaps season ticket holder who lives in St. John's.

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