It's official: IceCaps ousted from playoff contention

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Will play final home game Sunday in rematch with Pens

By Robin Short

Telegram Sports Editor

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins made it official what we’ve known for some time now: the St. John’s IceCaps are officially out of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup playoffs.

Dominik Uher scored a pair of goals, and Jeff Zatkoff barely broke a sweat, stopping the 18 shots he faced the Pens skated away with a 3-0 win at Mile One Centre Saturday night.

So that means Sunday’s 4 o’clock game, a rematch of Saturday’s contest, will be the final IceCaps’ game at Mile One this season.

St. John’s closes out its season next Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a game in Hamilton and two in Toronto.

The Penguins, who now have won six games in a row, have clinched a playoff spot 11 straight years.

St. John’s, which falls to 31-35-2-4, ousted Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Eastern Conference semifinal last season.

Paul Thompson netted the other Penguins’ goal.

Uher scored what turned out to be the game-winner on only the Penguins’ second shot in the game, redirecting a Bobby Farnham shot past a surprised IceCaps’ goalie Mark Dekanich at the 17:51 mark of the first period.

Uher, a 20-year-old from the Czech Republic playing his first pro season, made it 2-0 9:08 into the second period on a similar play when he redirected a weak shot from the point by Brian Dumoulin, with Farnham picking up a second assist.

It was only the Penguins’ seventh shot on goal.

Thompson potted the insurance marker 2:14 later, cashing in on a breakaway for his 19th goal, beating Dekanich with a quick wrist shot over the glove.

rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: American Hockey League

Geographic location: Wilkes-Barre, Hamilton, Toronto Czech Republic

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  • not a jet or icecaps fan
    April 14, 2013 - 07:57

    and it won't be long before the jets are out on the golf course. here in winnipeg people should give there heads a shake if they taught the jets had a chance of winning lord stanleys mug. you have a better chance of winning the lottery before that would happen. the cardboard box called the mts centre is too small, ticket prices way too high to bring in some real talented players.