Complete perfect road trip with a 3-1 victory over Manchester
On this trip, the St. John’s IceCaps didn’t get tripped up once..
Paul Postma assisted on all the St. John’s goals and Michael Hutchinson made 28 saves as the IceCaps beat the Manchester Monarchs 3-1 in American Hockey League action Saturday night in Manchester, N.H., completing a New England road swing that saw St. John’s (26-16-3) win all five games.
Adam Lowry, Kyle McKinnon and team captain Jason Jaffray had the goals for the IceCaps, who have won six games in a row — tying a franchise record — and eight of their last nine contests.
Linden Vey had the only goal for Manchester (29-13-7).
St. John’s last loss was Jan. 18, when it was shut out 6-0 by the Monarchs at Mile One Centre. Since then, the IceCaps have outscored the opposition 26-12, with Hutchinson getting the start in every game.
What’s more, two of their wins in the six-game winning streak have come against Eastern Conference-leading Manchester, improving St. John’s record to 6-3 against the Monarchs so far this season. In fact, six of Manchester’s 13 losses this season have been to St. John’s.
The IceCaps return home in a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference with the Albany Devils, a point behind the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Norfolk Admirals and three points ahead of the Hershey Bears, who hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference.
St. John’s next plays Tuesday and Wednesday, when it hosts the Providence Bruins (23-18-6) at Mile One Centre.
IceCaps’ head coach Keith McCambridge used the same lineup as he did on Friday, when St. John’s beat the Portland Pirates 7-4. That meant there were seven defencemen dressed, including Postma, playing his second game after a conditioning assignment from the parent Winnipeg Jets .... Forwards Austen Brassard, Josh Lunden and Ryan Schnell, along with defenceman Kris Fredheim were scratches for the IceCaps. Lunden and Fredheim are injured ... St. John’s went 1-for-3 with the man advantage and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill Saturday. The IceCaps scored at least one power-play goal in each of its five wins on the road swing, and went 10-for-28 overall. They allowed just three power-play goals in 22 opposition opportunities during the trip ... The Molson Canadian three stars Saturday: 1. Postma 2. Hutchinson 3. Vey… Brian Rogers’ choice as the Mary Brown’s hardest-working IceCap: Adam Lowry ...