1st in the Atlantic Division. 1st in the Eastern Conference. 1st in the AHL.
Not too bad. Not too bad at all.
The St. John’s IceCaps have started the season better than anyone could have predicted. With a 12-3-3 record, and no player in the top 30 in scoring (Carl Kilingberg is 33rd) it’s fair to say the IceCaps are one of the most well-balanced teams in the league.
D-man Mark Flood scored the inaugural goal for the club on October 7 during the IceCaps first game against the Providence Bruins. Now he plays with parent club Winnipeg, and looks like he won’t be back for some time. With the Jets calling up several IceCaps players; Captain Jason Jaffray, Paul Postma, Peter Mannino, Brett Festerling and Arturs Kulda, the IceCaps have had to make additions of their own. They have received LW Kenndal McArdle, who after nine games with the Jets had zero points, a minus three rating and four minutes in penalties. They also received Aaron Gagnon from the Jets, called up Jason Gregoire, Shayne Wiebe, Eric O’Dell, Kyle Buschee, Ben Chiarot, Jake Marto and just the other day signed Mike Montgomery to a professional tryout contract.
In net, rookie Eddie Pasquale has been solid, going 6-1 with a .903 save % and a 2.73 GAA, along with Peter Mannino, who, since re-joining the team after a stint with the Jets, has allowed just four goals on 74 shots along with two wins, improving his season record to 4-2. David Aebischer hasn’t seen much action lately, and his record still stands at 2-3 with a 3.49 GAA and a 0.871 save %.
The IceCaps finished a six-game home-stand Saturday night when they hosted the former St. John’s Maple Leafs, the Toronto Marlies. Then the IceCaps have a two game road-trip plying Hamilton and Toronto, once again. They return home on December 6 to play Syracuse and Worcester twice each. A full schedule can be found online.
In Other IceCaps news:
- Buddy the Puffin was officially announced as the teams mascot against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers a few weeks ago. The former mascot for the St. John’s Maple Leafs was greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd at Mile One.
- The IceCaps launched the IceCaps Care foundation, to “get the team into the community, both physically and financially, by supporting the various charities that exist in Newfoundland and Labrador” stated Don Power of the Growler, the IceCaps Gameday Program.
- Single game tickets to post-Christmas games went on sale Saturday, November 26.
- A great article in the Globe and Mail about the IceCaps – worth reading