Redmond isn’t ready to go, Chiarot is gone as IceCaps prepare to face Pirates

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The St. John’s IceCaps were hoping to finally have Zach Redmond back in the lineup tonight, but that won’t happen as it was determined following an off-day skate Tuesday the all-star defenceman isn’t ready to return to the American Hockey League team just yet.

St. John’s IceCaps’ Ben Chiarot defenceman (18) was recalled to the parent Winnipeg Jets Tuesday to replace Paul Postma, who is sidelined after being diagnosed with blood clots in his legs.

And that’s bad news when you consider the best St. John’s defenceman this season, Ben Chiarot, was recalled to the parent Winnipeg Jets Tuesday to replace Paul Postma.

Postma, the former IceCap, is out indefinitely after a blood clot was discovered in his leg.

Another defenceman, Adam Pardy, is also on recall to the Jets.

Redmond has yet to play in any of the IceCaps’ nine games this season because of an undisclosed injury, suspected to be a leg.

He was skating by himself as late as last week, but joined his teammates in practice — albeit in a non-contact jersey — just before the IceCaps departed St. John’s for their current six-game swing through New England.

Redmond and rookie forward Adam Lowry were projected to suit up tonight against the Portland Pirates, but St. John’s coach Keith McCambridge said while both are “making progress,” neither are ready to play.

The loss to of Chiarot to recall will be a blow to a team that is 1-3 in its last four games, including a pair of losses to start the trip.

Chiarot has a team-best plus-six rating, and is contributing to the offence with a pair of goals and three assists in nine starts.

St. John’s sits in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-5-1 record. The IceCaps dropped a 5-2 decision to the Bruins in Providence, R.I. Sunday, following a 5-3 setback to the Manchester Monarchs Saturday night in New Hampshire. The opened the trip last Friday by beating the Monarchs 3-2.

 

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GAMEDAY

ICECAPS (3-5-1) AT PORTLAND PIRATES (2-3-0-1)

Game time: 8:30 p.m., NL time, from the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Me

Media: Game will be broadcast on 930AM,with Brian Rogers calling the play-by-play, and streamed on stjohnsicecaps.com

ROSTERS

ST. JOHN’S ICECAPS

Forwards

Andrew Gordon (10), Eric O'Dell (14), Jason Jaffray (15), John Albert (16), Jerome Samson (17), Kael Mouillierat (21), Blair Riley (25), J.C. Lipon (34), Ryan Schnell (38), Josh Lunden (42), Ian O’Connor (45), Adam Lowry (47), Carl Klingberg (48), Ian O’Connor (45)

Defence

Kris Fredheim (7), Brenden Kichton (8), Zach Redmond (24), Will O'Neill (27), Jordan Hill (29), Cody Lampl (32), Julian Melchiori (44), Travis Ehrhardt (49)

Goalies

Jussi Olkinuora (31), Eddie Pasquale (40).

PORTLAND PIRATES

Forwards

Gilbert Brule, Ethan Werek, Tobias Rieder, Chris Brown, Kyle Hagel, Brandon McMillan, Brendan Shinnimin, Mark Louis, Jordan Martinook, Phil Lane, Brett Hextall, Darian Dziurzynski, Brandon Yip, Lucas Lessi

Defencemen

Daine Todd, James Melindy, Chris Summers, Mathieu Brodeur, Mathieu Brisebois, Connor Murphy, Brandon Gormley

Goalies

Mark Visentin, Mike Lee

NOTES

The Pirates feature rookie pro James Melindy of the Goulds on defence. Melindy has appeared in two games for the Pirates this season, and has yet to pick up a point. Melindy, who played in the QMJHL with the Moncton Wildcats, was selected in the third round, 88th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2012 draft ... The Pirates are playing all their home games this season in the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine instead of the Cumberland County Civic Centre in Portland, their home for the past 20 seasons. That’s because the team and the arena failed to reach an agreement on a new lease after the previous agreement expired at the end of last season ... St. John’s native John Slaney is in his third year as an assistant coach with the Pirates ...

Organizations: IceCaps, PORTLAND PIRATES, Winnipeg Jets Androscoggin Bank Colisee Bruins Phoenix Coyotes Cumberland County Civic Centre

Geographic location: Portland, New England.Redmond, Providence, R.I. New Hampshire Lewiston Jordan Hill Lewiston, Maine

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