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.