IceCaps will be busy within their division this season

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Over half of St. John’s games to be versus Atlantic foes

This April 4, 2013 file photo shows AHL action between the St. John’s IceCaps and Portland Pirates at Mile One Centre in St. John’s. Defenceman Ben Chiarot (top left), forward Kael Mouillierat (44) and the rest of the IceCaps will be seeing a lot of the Pirates in the 2013 American Hockey League season. The teams face each other 12 times.

By Brendan McCarthy

The Telegram

Queue Barry Manilow’s “Weekend in New England.” It could be the new theme song for the St. John’s IceCaps.

As a romantic ballad, Manilow’s tune might not constitute a proper sort of a hockey score, but the title sure seems to fit after having perused the IceCaps’ 2013-14 regular-season schedule, which was revealed Thursday along with those of the rest of the American Hockey League’s 30 teams.

In a major change, the IceCaps will be playing more than half of their 76-game schedule against their four Atlantic Division opponents, the Portland Pirates, Manchester Monarchs, Worcester Sharks and Providence Bruins. That’s up from 24 divisional games last season, which was by the far the lowest total in the AHL.

What’s more, 34 of the IceCaps’ 38 road games will be on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

That also will be very much the case for St. John’s home schedule at Mile Once Centre, where the IceCaps will play 28 weekend games, including three on Sunday afternoons.

To accommodate those extra divisional games, there has been a scaling back of the IceCaps’ schedule against the Toronto Marlies and Hamilton Bulldogs, the farm teams of the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, respectively.

The last two seasons, the IceCaps faced the Marlies and Bulldogs eight times each, even though both Toronto and Hamilton are in the Western Conference. St. John’s and all its other opponents are in the Eastern Conference.

The IceCaps will now face Toronto and Hamilton four times each, meaning the Bulldogs and Marlies will each be making on trip to Mile One.

As well, there will be three Eastern Conference teams the IceCaps will not face this season: the Adirondack Phantoms (the farm club of the Philadelphia Flyers, Albany Devils (New Jersey) and Norfolk Admirals (Anaheim). In 2012-13, the only Eastern Conference member St. John’s didn’t play was the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The other big scheduling change for the IceCaps sees four occasions where visiting teams will play three consecutive games at Mile One. In the almost two-decade history of the AHL in St. John’s, visiting teams have normally played two-games series.

 

Some other scheduling points to note:

• The IceCaps will open their regular-season schedule at home, on Oct. 4, against the Providence Bruins. they finish up April 19 in Portland against the Pirates.

• In all, the IceCaps have eight official road trips. In reality, it’s nine, since a December swing will be split up by a lengthy Christmas break (Dec. 16-Dec. 27). There are a pair of quick two-game trips at the start and the end of the season. The rest will either be five or six games in length.

• The IceCaps will have a half dozen three-on-three weekends on the road, where they play Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon

• The Pirates will be familiar foes as they take on the IceCaps 12 times. The Worcester Sharks and Manchester Monarchs will meet St. John’s 10 times each, while the Providence Bruins will provide the opposition in eight games. The IceCaps’ nine other opponents this season will face them four times each.

• St. John’s will make eight separate homestands, varying from two to eight games in length. The longest extends from Jan. 4 to Jan. 20.

• The league has set aside Feb. 12 and 13 as the dates for its All-Star Classic and says an announcement on an all-star location should be coming shortly. It’s expected St. John’s will be named host city.

bmcc@thetelegram.com

ICECAPS’ 2013-14  SCHEDULE

Home Game

(Broken down by Homestands)

Note: All home games have 7:30 p.m. start times, except Sunday games, which start at 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4: Providence @ St. John’s

Saturday, Oct. 5: Providence @ St. John’s

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Friday, Oct. 18: Hershey @ St. John’s

Saturday, Oct. 19: Hershey @ St. John’s

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Friday, Nov. 8: Manchester @ St. John’s

Saturday, Nov. 9:  Manchester @ St. John’s

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Worcester @ St. John’s

Friday, Nov. 15: Worcester @ St. John’s

Saturday, Nov. 16: Worcester @ St. John’s

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Friday, Dec. 6: Wilkes-Barre @ St. John’s

Saturday, Dec. 7: Wilkes-Barre @ St. John’s

Tuesday, Dec. 10: Syracuse @ St. John’s

Wednesday, Dec. 11: Syracuse @ St. John’s

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Saturday, Jan 4: Portland @ St. John’s

Sunday, Jan. 5: Portland @ St. John’s

Tuesday, Jan. 7: Portland @ St. John’s

Friday, Jan. 10: Toronto @ St. John’s

Saturday, Jan. 11: Toronto @ St. John’s

Friday, Jan. 17: Manchester @ St. John’s

Saturday, Jan. 18: Manchester @ St. John’s

Monday, Jan 20: Manchester @ St. John’s

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Tuesday, Feb. 4: Providence @ St. John’s

Wednesday, Feb. 5 Providence @ St. John’s

Saturday, Feb. 8: Worcester @ St. John’s

Sunday, Feb. 9: Worcester @ St. John’s

Friday, Feb. 28: Binghamton @ St. John’s

Saturday, March 1: Binghamton @ St. John’s

Friday, March 7: Bridgeport @ St. John’s

Saturday, March 8: Bridgeport @ St. John’s

Wednesday, March 12: Portland @ St. John’s

Friday, March 14: Portland @ St. John’s

Saturday, March 15: Portland @ St. John’s

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Friday, April 4: Springfield @ St. John’s

Saturday, April 5: Springfield @ St. John’s

Tuesday, April 8: Hamilton @ St. John’s

Wednesday, April 9: Hamilton @ St. John’s

Saturday, April 12: Hartford @ St. John’s

Sunday, April 13: Hartford @ St. John’s

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Road Games

(Broken down by Individual trips)

Note: Except for Sundays, most road games will have 7 p.m. or 7:05 p.m. starts. Most Sunday road games will have 3 p.m. or 3:05 p.m. starts. Exceptions are noted.

Friday, Oct. 11: St. John’s @ Hamilton (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Oct. 12, St. John’s @ Toronto

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Friday, Oct. 25: St. John’s @ Manchester

Saturday, Oct. 26: St. John’s @ Manchester

Sunday, Oct. 27: St. John’s @ Providence

Wednesday, Oct. 30: St. John’s @ Portland

(at Lewiston, Me.)

Friday, Nov. 1: St. John’s @ Portland

(at Lewiston, Me.)

Saturday, Nov. 2: St. John’s @ Worcester

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Friday, Nov. 22: St. John’s @ Wilkes-Barre

Saturday, Nov. 23: St. John’s @ Wilkes-Barre

Sunday, Nov. 24: St. John’s @ Bridgeport    

Wednesday, Nov. 27: St. John’s @ Hershey

Friday, Nov. 29,: St. John’s @ Syracuse

Saturday, Nov. 30: St. John’s @ Binghamton

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Saturday, Dec. 14, St. John’s @ Hamilton

Sunday, Dec. 15: St. John’s @ Toronto

Christmas break

Friday, Dec, 27: St. John’s @ Worcester

Saturday, Dec. 28: St. John’s @ Manchester

Tuesday, Dec. 31: St. John’s @ Springfield

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Friday, Jan. 24: St. John’s @ Providence

Saturday, Jan. 25: St. John’s @ Hartford

Sunday, Jan. 26: St. John’s @ Providence

Friday, Jan. 31, St. John’s @ Portland

Saturday, Feb. 1: St. John’s @ Manchester

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Friday, Feb. 14: St. John’s @ Providence

Saturday, Feb. 15: St. John’s @ Portland

Sunday, Feb. 16: St. John’s @ Manchester

Friday, Feb. 21: St. John’s @ Worcester (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Feb. 22: St. John’s @ Worcester

Sunday, Feb. 23: St. John’s @ Portland (4 p.m.)

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Friday, March 21: St. John’s @ Hartford

Saturday, March 22: St. John’s @ Bridgeport

Sunday, March 23: St. John’s @ Springfield

Wednesday, March 26: St. John’s @ Syracuse

Friday, March 28: St. John’s @ Binghamton

Saturday, March 29: St. John’s @ Hershey

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Friday, April 18: St. John’s @ Worcester (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, April 19: St. John’s @ Portland

NHL affiliations of IceCaps’ 2013-14 opponents

Binghamton: Ottawa Senators

Bridgeport: New York Islanders

Hamilton: Montreal Canadiens’

Hartford: New York Rangers

Hershey: Washington Capitals

Manchester: Los Angeles Kings

Portland: Phoenix Coyotes

Providence: Boston Bruins

Springfield: Columbus Blue Jackets

Syracuse: Tampa Bay Lightning

Toronto: Toronto Maple Leafs

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton: Pittsburgh

Worcester: San Jose Sharks

Organizations: IceCaps, American Hockey League, Providence Bruins Portland Pirates Maple Leafs Montreal Canadiens Philadelphia Flyers

Geographic location: New England, Toronto, Hamilton New Jersey Anaheim Portland

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  • SayWhat
    August 23, 2013 - 18:01

    To YankeesBye..In your character assassination, I just hope for your sake and the Telegram's, the person this is intended for does not see it and go get a lawyer. You really, really do not know who I am. As for a reply, you just reinforced the Stadium Journey report on St.John's having the worst AHL fans and you fit clearly in the over rated, hot tempered category. As for your comments about division games, you have clearly missed the point of any professional sports team. The fan comes first,,case closed.no if and or buts. I stand by my comment when I said fan friendly. Give me another AHL team that forces season ticket holders and I mean forces them to see the same two teams for three games in the same venue over four days...Answer--none. Why is it fewer AHL teams are visiting St.John's. Toronto has 19 out of 30, the Ice Caps get 13. Why? For every one Ice Cap home game that features the farm team of a Canadian Parent club, Abbotsford gets FOUR. Again why? As for Stadium Journey, it's a pretty big web site that must have a lot of c--p in your estimation. Last month I did an assessment about a venue in England. I checked out Stadium Journey for a specific situation about this venue. Stadium Journey's report was spot on not once but twice. I notice there was no comment about the road schedule, assuming from your very specific character assassination I suspect you know the answer and won't say for fear of a big public backlash.

  • YankeesBye
    August 23, 2013 - 14:55

    Say What ? Give Your Head a shake. Just because You loved the Q and Hate the AHL and don't have enough skill to work for a Hockey Organization, Stop the Sour Grapes already! Stadium Journey was a two bit load of crap that I'm sure Nobody saw or would care to read. Negative Garbage by a Negative Mind, who still misses the Fog Devils. Grow Up Bye. Every Arena has it's flaws. IceCaps fans are by no means the worst in the league and Mile One with it's isolated druthers is as Good a Destination as any rink in the league. How many AHL venues have you visited in person? Not many I suspect cause if You did, you wouldn't have written the drivel. As far as the Schedule goes, who wants to miss the Playoffs by playing out of Conference, Out of Division Games with no ability to catch, tie or surpass opponents you are chasing to make the Post Season. Stand Up and raise your hand. These division matchups feature teams the IceCaps need to beat or keep pace with so not to repeat last year's season to forget. Nobody in this neck of the woods could care less about what is happening in Abbotsford or Oke City or Utica. Stadium Journey, a Trip not worth making unless you are a reader who revels in Rubbish.

  • SayWhat
    August 23, 2013 - 11:35

    Did I miss something? Weekend in New England!!!Try Shaft by Issac Hayes. Season Ticket holders should be outraged by this schedule. First of all what's up with this one team--three games in four nights. It means only 13 teams will be visiting St.John's, the lowest number since the Ice Caps became a reality. And two of the three gamers are against Portland, the farm team of Phoenix?? It's not a joke. As an added bonus we have decided to give you fewer home games against teams who have Canadian parent clubs.. At one time you had 10 games now its down to four. As a caveat you might get the AHL all star game on the same dates Canada is playing the U.S in womens hockey and Canada has their first game in mens hockey at the Olympics. What about other teams? What's happening in Abbotsford? Glad you asked. Yes Abbotsford only has 13 teams visiting, but they are getting a lot of games that are very fan friendly. First of all there are none of these three games in four nights. Also 16 out of their 38 home games feature teams whose parent clubs are Canadian. Six are against Utica (Vancouver), four against Oklahoma City (Edmonton), four against Hamilton (Montreal) and two against (Toronto). By the way, 19 out of 30 teams will be visiting Toronto. So the worst rink in the AHL with the worst fans (Stadium Journey) gets the shaft with the worst home ice schedule. I will leave you with this thought, the best story if you can figure it out is in the road schedule.