IceCaps dominate Crunch

Robin Short
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St. John’s IceCaps forward Carl Klingberg is tripped by the Syracuse Crunch’ Luke Witkowski during the teams’ American Hockey League game at Mile One Centre Tuesday night. Klingberg scored as the IceCaps routed the Crunch 6-2. The teams meet again tonight at Mile One. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

St. John’s defeats Syracuse 6-2 at Mile One, rematch tonight

Now that’s more like it.    
On the heels of a 3-0 shutout loss last Saturday night, the St. John’s IceCaps turned in what might be their most dominating performance on home ice so far this season, skating to a 6-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch Tuesday at Mile One Centre.

The win lifts the IceCaps to 13-10-1-2 in the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.

Six different players scored for St. John’s, including Ryan Schnell and Kris Fredheim who scored their first goals as IceCaps. Jason Jaffray, Adam Lowry, Will O’Neill and Carl Klingberg also scored for the winners, who netted two goals on the power play and held Syracuse off the scoresheet during their three man-advantage situations.

On top of that, St. John’s limited Syracuse to only 15 shots on goal, while pouring 47 on the Crunch goal.

Mike Angelidis and Cedric Paquette replied for the Crunch.

“I thought tonight’s game was a real strong game … a real solid two-way game,” said coach Keith McCambridge.

“We executed on the power play, I liked the fact we defended well, we limited the shots against … there were some real good features in our game. I thought the details in our game were covered.”

Of course, the big question is — all together now — can the IceCaps do it again tonight in a rematch at Mile One?

The IceCaps’ inability to score back-to-back win on home ice has been more than well documented.

But let’s put it this way: if St. John’s plays tonight like it did last night, the IceCaps will be tough to beat for a Crunch team that’s now lost three in a row.

Zach Redmond collected three assists last night, giving him three goals and six helpers in eight games this season. Klingberg is a different player from the one who was a healthy scratch for three straight games in early November.

Perhaps the biggest difference, however, was the lineup changes McCambridge made last night.

The coach flipped things upside down, coming up with new line combinations and defence pairings.

On Tuesday, it was team scoring leader Eric O’Dell between veterans Jason Jaffray and Andrew Gordon, Patrice Cormier between Kael Mouillierat and Jerome Samson, Adam Lowry centering fellow rookie J.C. Lipon and Klingberg and Kyle MacKinnnon playing with Schnell and Blair Riley.

“As a coaching staff, you get a feel for your team and I felt that while we were still generating scoring chances with the line combinations before, there comes a time when things get a little bit stale,” McCambridge said.

“It’s not that they were playing badly, not playing good hockey, it’s just that a little bit of a change of scenery gives you a little bit of a spark sometimes on a Tuesday night game.”

It worked, especially on Klingberg who was the game’s third star.

See KLINGBERG, page C2

In fairness, Klingberg has been playing well the last four or half-dozen games. His goal Tuesday aside — the IceCaps’ sixth and final in the game, a mere insurance marker — Klingberg made an impact on the game drawing two penalties, busting to the net on a couple of occasions and generally keeping the Crunch on their heals with his speed.

Klingberg now has four goals in his past four games.

“I’m trying to do the same thing all the time … get pucks out of the zone, be a strong player on the boards and take pucks to the net.

“It was a struggle there for a while, but lately I’ve been getting some chances and pucks are going in.

“It’s a good thing to get some goals. And it increases icetime, too. I’m not going to complain about that, that’s for sure.”

Kristers Gudlevskis started for the Crunch, but was chased after Schnell’s goal. Cedrick Desjardins finished up.

The teams meet again 7:30 tonight.


NOTES: The Molson-Coors first star of the game was Ryan Schnell. Zach Redmond was the second star and Carl Klingberg the third. The Mary Brown’s hardest working IceCap was Will O’Neill … The 47 shots were the most the IceCaps have registered this season … Brett Connolly of Syracuse, the sixth overall pick by Tampa Bay in the 2010 draft, has relatives in the province’s west coast, where his parents were born … Crunch assistant coach Trent Cull played for the St. John’s Maple Leafs …

Organizations: IceCaps, American Hockey League, Maple Leafs

Geographic location: Syracuse, Tampa Bay

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  • mundy
    December 11, 2013 - 06:12

    The Icecaps will lose tonight. They can never seem to win two in a row.