The St. John’s IceCaps will never admit as much, but Game 3 of their American Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Norfolk Admirals just may have gotten a tad easier with news out of Anaheim Friday.
The Anaheim Ducks, the Admirals’ parent club, recalled goaltender John Gibson yesterday to replace the injured Frederik Andersen after the latter appeared to injure his right leg in the third period of the Ducks-Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup playoff game Thursday night.
Gibson has been outstanding in the AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs, with a 1.45 goals against average and .955 save percentage.
The former world junior gold medalist and world championship bronze medalist with the United States made three starts for the Ducks this season, going 3-0, including a shutout in his NHL debut.
That means Brad Thiessen will get the start tonight in the third game of the IceCaps-Admirals series. Thiessen is a 28-year-old five-year pro from Aldergrove, B.C., who spent the past four seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. During his time in the Penguins’ organization, Thiessen made five appearances for the Pittsburgh Penguins, going 0-2.
He started the 2013-14 season in Finland, but returned to North America where he joined the Admirals. Used primarily as Gibson’s backup this season, Thiessen was 8-6-2 on the year with a 2.26 goals against average and .930 save percentage.
In the meantime Emerson Etem was reassigned to Norfolk from Anaheim Thursday, good news for the Admirals. That’s because the California native was second in scoring on Norfolk this season with 24 goals and 30 assists.
The Ducks’ Matt Beleskey was knocked out of Thursday’s game by a hard hit and his status for tonight is uncertain, meaning Etem could be bound for Anaheim again.
He was in Norfolk as of Friday, however.