Back-to-back vs. Crunch starting tonight
They might not be divisional foes, but the St. John’s IceCaps and Syracuse Crunch are quite familiar with each other.
Dating back to when the Crunch franchise was located in Norfolk, Va., Syracuse/Norfolk Admirals and St. John’s have met each other in at least two-dozen games, from American Hockey League pre-season contests three years running, to regular season games and a playoff matchup two years ago.
The teams meet again tonight and Wednesday as the Crunch visit Mile One Centre for a pair games beginning 7:30 each night (930 AM, Rogers TV tonight).
After splitting a pair of games last weekend against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the IceCaps enter the mid-week series at 12-10-1-2, good for eighth spot in the AHL’s Eastern Conference.
The Crunch are 11-8-1-2 and ninth in the East, dropping their last two games to the Admirals, one of which went to a shootout.
The IceCaps are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Penguins Saturday, a game that followed a 5-0 St. John’s win Friday.
The IceCaps have yet to take a two-game series on home ice this season, either splitting or losing both games of the series.
St. John’s and Syracuse met just over a week ago during the IceCaps’ six-game road trip in Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.
In that game, the IceCaps staked the Crunch to a 2-0 lead before scoring a pair of second-period goals to tie the game.
Syracuse won it on two third-period goals, one into an empty net.
CRUNCH at ICECAPS
Game times: 7:30 p.m. (NL time) tonight and Wednesday at Mile One Centre
Media: Both games will be broadcast on CJYQ Radio 930AM, streamed on stjohnsicecaps.com, with Brian Rogers calling the play-by-play. Tonight’s game is on Rogers TV
(11-8-1-2, 9th in Eastern Conference)
Forwards: Carl Nielson (4), Mike Angelidis (10), Evan Rankin (11), Maxime Langelier-Parent (16), Cedric Paquette (17), Ray Kaunisto (18), Drew Olson (21), Brett Connolly (28), Eric Neilson (29), Philippe Paradis (63), Geoff Walker (67), Tanner Richard (71), Danick Gauthier (78), Philip-Michael Devos (88), Vladimir Namestnikov (90)
Defence: Joey Mormina (3), Artem Sergeev (7), Jean-Philippe Cote (24), Charles Landry (32), Dmitry Korobov (44), Luke Witkowski (82), Nikita Nesterov (89)
Goaltenders: Cedrick Desjardins (30), Riku Helenius (31), Kristers Gudlevskis (35)
St. John’s IceCaps
(12-10-1-2, 8th in Eastern Conference)
Forwards: Andrew Gordon (10), Eric O'Dell (14), Jason Jaffray (15), Jerome Samson (17), Kyle MacKinnon (19), Kael Mouillierat (21), Blair Riley (25), Patrice Cormier (28), J.C. Lipon (34), Ryan Schnell (38), Adam Lowry (47), Carl Klingberg (48)
Defence: Kris Fredheim (7), Brenden Kichton (8), Ben Chiarot (18), Zach Redmond (24), Will O'Neill (27), Jordan Hill (29), Cody Lampl (32), Julian Melchiori (44), Travis Ehrhardt (49)
Goaltenders: Jussi Olkinuora (31), Eddie Pasquale (40)
NOTES: The Syracuse Crunch/Norfolk Admirals have done a superb job producing players for the parent Tampa Bay Lightning. Among the current Tampa Bay players who have played for the Crunch/Admirals in the past two years are: Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson, Richard Panik, Ondrej Palat, Radko Gudas, J.T. Brown, Mark Barberio, Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Keith Aulie . … In seven games with the IceCaps this season, Zach Redmond has three goals and three assists … Ryan Schnell has yet to score a goal as an IceCap …