Red-hot power play leads IceCaps past Phantoms

GLENS FALLS, NY – A suddenly rejuvenated power play helped the St. John’s IceCaps top the Adirondack Phantoms 3-2 Wednesday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The IceCaps scored two goals with the man advantage in the third period to seal the victory, giving the club it’s second win in a row and marking the third consecutive game in which St. John’s secured at least one point.
The IceCaps struggled to score, or even generate scoring chances, on the power play for much of the early going of the 2012-13 AHL season. The team’s inability to produce on the power play played a big role in its inconsistent play throughout October and into November, despite numerous personnel and tactical changes deployed by head coach Keith McCambridge and assistant coach Mark Morrison.
However, in recent weeks the IceCaps power play has shown new signs of life. Last weekend the team went four-for-ten with the man advantage in a two-game set with the Providence Bruins and on Wednesday versus the Phantoms St. John’s went two-for-seven on the power play.
“The power play can win you a game and penalty killing can lose you a game, and it’s probably the scenario that played out here tonight,” Phantoms coach Terry Murray told The Post-Star after Wednesday’s game.
GAME WRAP
Harry Zolnierczyk put the Phantoms up 1-0 at 13:15 of the second period, with Jason Akeson picking up an assist on the play. The IceCaps evened the score at 15:34 of the middle frame when Kevin Clark tapped in a rebound from an Alex Burmistrov shot. Burmistrov and Dean Aresene were credited with assists on the goal.
St. John’s went up 2-1 when Paul Postma hammered a shot from the point through a maze of players and into the Phantoms net during a five-on-three power play at 10:18 of the third period. Burmistrov and Spencer Machacek assisted the goal. The IceCaps took a 3-1 lead just 10 seconds later with a Carl Klingberg marker, the club’s second power play goal of the night. Machacek and Derek Meech picked up assists on the Klingberg goal.
Adirondack cut the lead to 3-2 when Rob Bordson scored on a setup from Erik Gustafsson and Ben Holmstrom at 15:27 of the final period.
Eddie Pasquale was the winning goalie for St. John’s, making 31 saves along the way. Scott Munroe stopped 23 shots in a losing effort for the Phantoms.
The game’s three stars were Pasquale, Burmistrov and Zolnierczyk, respectively.
Notes: The IceCaps released forward Derek Whitmore from his 25-game tryout agreement prior to Wednesday’s tilt with the Phantoms. Whitmore, a 28-goal scorer with the Rochester Americans last season, was unable to secure a lineup spot in St. John’s, appearing in only seven of the team’s first 19 games. Whitmore had one goal and three assists during his time with the IceCaps. He has reportedly agreed to a contract with Augsburger Panther of the German elite league and may join the team as soon as this weekend … The IceCaps have recalled Joey Sides from their ECHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles. Sides has nine goals and nine assists in 19 games with   the Eagles. He may help fill in for a number of injured IceCaps forwards, including Jason King, Patrice Cormier and Eric O’Dell … The IceCaps will hold a Teddy Toss during their Dec. 7 home games versus the Springfield Falcons. Fans are asked to bring a stuffed animal to the game and toss it on the ice during the second intermission. The toys will be collected by volunteers from the Salvation Army and distributed to children in the greater St. John’s area during the Christmas holidays.
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