The Rock Report
The IceCaps 2012-13 season came to an end this past weekend with a trio of games in Southern Ontario, resulting in a 1- 1-0-1 record and three points. St. John's fell 4-1 to Hamilton at Copps Coliseum on Friday but rebounded with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday afternoon in Toronto. Sunday, the outcome was reversed as the Marlies defeated the IceCaps in a shootout by an identical 4-3 margin. The IceCaps finish their second season with a 32-36-3-5 record for 72 points and a fifth place finish in the Atlantic Division, 14th overall in the Eastern Conference.
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Friday, April 19 - Hamilton Bulldogs 4 St. John's IceCaps 1 Copps Coliseum - Hamilton, ON St. John's Goals: Lunden (6) Hamilton Goals: Lefebvre (3, 4), Leblanc (10), Pateryn (7) Goaltending: STJ - Olkinuora (L - 25 shots, 22 saves) / HAM - Mayer (W - 31 shots, 30 saves) Power Play: STJ 0/7 | HAM 1/4 Three Stars: 1) HAM - Nathan Beaulieu 2) HAM - Robert Mayer 3) HAM - Philippe Lefebvre Mary Brown's HWP: Dean Arsene Attendance: 5,523
The St. John's IceCaps fell 4-1 to the Hamilton Bulldogs Friday night at Copps Coliseum in the first of three road games this weekend to close out the 2012-13 season.
Philippe Lefebve had two goals while Louis Leblanc's second period shorthanded marker stood up as the game- winner. Robert Mayer stopped 30-of-31 shots to earn the win for Hamilton.
Josh Lunden scored the IceCaps' only goal while Jussi Olkinuora made 22 saves in his AHL debut.
Saturday, April 20 - St. John's IceCaps 4 Toronto Marlies 3 (SO) Ricoh Coliseum - Toronto, ON St. John's Goals: Maxwell (10), O'Dell (29), Klingberg (11), O'Dell (SO winner) Toronto Goals: Lasch (4), Abbott (13), Scott (13) Goaltending: STJ - Dekanich (W - 22 shots, 19 saves) / TOR - Sparks (SOL - 28 shots, 25 saves) Power Play: STJ 1/6 | TOR 1/4 2 Three Stars: 1) STJ - Eric O'Dell 2) TOR - Spencer Abbott 3) TOR - Stuart Percy Mary Brown's HWP: Julian Melchiori Attendance: 7,881
The IceCaps persevered against the Toronto Marlies Saturday afternoon, coming away with a 4-3 shootout win in the first of two battles between the teams at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto this weekend.
Eric O'Dell scored his team-leading 29th of the season and notched the eventual shootout winner to help lift the IceCaps to their 32nd victory of the season. Both O'Dell and Ben Maxwell finished the game with a goal and an assist.
Mark Dekanich made 19 saves through regulation and overtime before stopping three-of-four shooters in the shootout.
Sunday, April 21 - Toronto Marlies 4 St. John's IceCaps 3 (SO) Ricoh Coliseum - Toronto, ON St. John's Goals: Lunden (7, 8), Maxwell (11) Toronto Goals: Biggs (1), Lasch (5, 6) Goaltending: STJ - Dekanich (SOL - 28 shots, 25 saves) / TOR - Sparks (W - 23 shots, 20 saves) Power Play: STJ 2/3 | TOR 1/6 Three Stars: 1) TOR - Ryan Lasch 2) TOR - Dylan Yeo 3) STJ - Josh Lunden Mary Brown's HWP: Zach Redmond Attendance: 7,881
Josh Lunden tallied two goals and an assist and Ben Maxwell potted a goal and two helpers but the St. John's IceCaps concluded the 2012-13 season with a 4-3 shootout loss to the hometown Toronto Marlies Sunday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.
Tied 3-3 after a scoreless extra frame, and no goals after three rounds of the shootout, Dylan Yeo fired a slapper past Mark Dekanich, who was solid again for the IceCaps, to seal the win for Toronto.
O'Dell Can't Crack 30: Eric O'Dell entered the final weekend of the season two goals shy of becoming the first IceCap to reach the 30-goal plateau and managed to score in Saturday's win over Toronto, getting him to 29.
However, the Ottawa native wasn't able to bulge the twine one more time and finished the season stuck on 29.
The sophomore forward led his club in goals (29), points (55), plus/minus (+9), power play goals (10), power play assists (10), power play points (20), game-winning goals (4), first goals (7) and shooting percentage (20.1%).
O'Dell also finished 20th in league scoring.
Finishing Strong: Josh Lunden had a terrific weekend, scoring three times and adding a pair of assists for five points in three games. Lunden finished the season with a four-game point streak (4G, 2A) and recorded nine points (5G, 4A) in nine April contests. Overall, Lunden set personal bests for games played (31), goals (8), assists (10), and points (18).
Finishing Strong Redux: Ben Maxwell ended his season even hotter than Lunden, notching six points (2G, 4A) over the final three games and 10 points (2G, 8A) in his last six outings. Maxwell finished third on the team in assists with 29, four behind Jaffray's team-best 33. The B.C. native recorded 20 points (6G, 14A) in the final 20 games of the season and suited up in a team-high 74 contests.
Redmond Returns: D Zach Redmond was reassigned by the Winnipeg Jets to the IceCaps last week on a conditioning assignment as part of his rehab after suffering a serious leg injury in late February when he was cut by a teammate's skate in practice. Redmond looked as smooth as ever, picking up an assist in each of the two games he played and quarterbacking the team's power play unit.
Jets Update: Winnipeg picked up five of a possible six points last week but still finds itself on the outside looking in with regards to playoff positioning in the tight Eastern Conferece. Winnipeg sits three points back of the eighth place New York Rangers and the Southeast Division leading Washington Capitals with just three games left to play. The Jets face the Buffalo Sabres Monday night before taking on Capitals Tuesday in a pair of must- win games.
Injury Report: Jason King (head), Hunter Tremblay (head), Ivan Telegin (head), John Albert (hand), Richard Petiot (undisclosed), Patrice Cormier (head), Jason Gregoire (undisclosed), Kael Mouillierat (upper body), Vinny Saponari (undisclosed).
April 22 Winnipeg (NHL) recalls D Zach Redmond from St. John's (AHL)
April 17 Winnipeg (NHL) reassigns D Zach Redmond to St. John's (AHL) on a conditioning assignment
April 16 St. John's (AHL) recalls D Jake Marto from Colorado (ECHL)
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