St. John’s, NL — With the help of Andrew Gordon’s hat trick, the St. John’s IceCaps used a 4-1 win to end the Albany Devils season. The IceCaps claimed a 3-1 series advantage and advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Albany, which went 40-23-5-8 during the regular season, was making its first appearance in the Calder Cup Playoffs since 2010.
Friday at Mile One Centre, Gordon powered the IceCaps, scoring at even-strength, shorthanded and on the power play. Jon Albert scored the teams other goal.
Jon Merrill netted Albany’s tally.
“They were certainly the better team tonight,” said Head Coach Rick Kowalsky. “We were just never able to counter. Being able to respond with that goal was big after they went up 2-0, but that third one was a bit of a back-break.”
IceCaps captain Jason Jaffrey was able to poke the puck free past Keith Kinkaid’s left toe for Gordon who tapped it in for his first of the night, 3:47 into the game.
“That was a puck we couldn’t find,” Kowalsky said. “Keith had his foot on the post and it bounced around. Kind of an ugly goal.”
Gordon struck for the second time right off an offensive zone faceoff. He found his own rebound shorthanded at 7:58 of the middle frame.
Merrill gave some life back to the Devils, pulling within one just 1:19 later. His one-time blast from the right point beat IceCaps netminder Michael Hutchinson at 9:17. Stefan Matteau and Eric Gelinas were credited with the assists on Merrill’s first of the postseason.
“I liked our attitude and the feeling on the bench after we got that goal from [Jon] to make it 2-1,” said assistant captain Tim Sestito. “I thought we made a pretty good push. We had some chances all series long and we just couldn’t finish. In the end, I think that’s what doomed us.”
St. John’s responded with back-to-back goals. Gordons batted in a rebound midair on the power play at 14:28 and Albert capped the scoring at 17:15.
The Devils outshot the IceCaps, 40-33, and went 0-6 on the power play and 3-4 on the penalty kill.
Kinkaid, who started for Albany in all four games, finished the postseason with a 2.26 GAA and .932 save percentage. Merrill (1G, 1A), Kelly Zajac (2A), Matteau (1G, 1A), Mike Sislo (1G, 1A) and Mattias Tedenby (1G, 1A) each tallied two point in their playoff debuts.
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The Devils pulled within one with Jon Merrill’s goal at 9:17 of the second period, but minutes later IceCaps forward Andrew Gordon capped his hat trick, giving his team a 3-1 lead. The power-play goal at 14:28 was batted out of midair after Keith Kinkaid made the initial save.
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The Albany Devils will try and keep their season alive during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the St. John’s IceCaps Friday at Mile One Centre. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 pm (local time). St. John’s owns a 2-1 series advantage thanks to a 2-1 win Friday and a 1-0 victory Wednesday. Albany won Game 2 Saturday, 4-2.
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Game 1 Notes
Ben Chiarot netted the game-winning goal with just 23.1 seconds remaining, giving the IceCaps a 2-1 win Friday at Times Union Center. The goal came after Joe Whitney tied the score, 1-1, with a power-play marker at 2:13 of the second period. St. John’s Eric O’Dell opened the scoring at 4:29 of the first period.
- Jon Merrill and Mike Sislo assisted on Whitney’s goal.
- Keith Kinkaid finished with 30 saves, including 13 in the first period, 10 in the second and seven in the third.
- Albany allowed more than 30 shots for just the fourth time since Mar. 2. St. John’s owned a 32-26 shot advantage.
- The Devils went 1-2 on the power play and 4-4 on the penalty kill.
- Rod Pelley led the Devils and tied a game-high with five shots.
Game 2 Notes
Special teams powered the Devils to a 4-2 victory Saturday at Times Union Center. More than 8,000 fans witnessed the Devils net three power-play goals and stave off a minute and 24 second 5-on-3 penalty kill during the third period to tie the series. Mattias Tedenby and Kelly Zajac led Albany with two points each. Tedenby had the game-winning goal and posted an assist, while Zajac helped setup the tying goal and the winner. Reid Boucher and Mike Sislo netted the team’s first and fourth goals, respectively.
- In goal, Keith Kinkaid made 30 saves, including 20 in the third period.
- Four of the game’s six goals came with the man advantage. The Devils went 3-9 on the power play and 4-5 on the penalty kill.
- Albany owned a 29-12 shot advantage during the first two periods before being outshot, 20-5, in the third frame.
- The crowd of 8,026 set an Albany AHL playoff record. The previous attendance record was 7,985 during Game 1 of the 1995 Calder Cup Final.
Game 3 Notes
IceCaps forward Kael Mouillierat scored the game’s lone goal 17:50 into the first period, helping his team to a 1-0 victory Wednesday at Mile One Centre. Zach Redmond and Will O’Neill assisted on the goal, which came during a breakaway attempt. Keith Kinkaid stood tall for Albany, making 34 saves, including 16 in the first, 13 in the second and five in the third.
- St. John’s netminder Michael Hutchinson turned aside 24 saves, including 10 in the third.
- Albany went 6-6 on the penalty kill.
- The IceCaps scored first for the third time this series.
- Jon Merrill and Chris McKelvie led the Devils with six and five shots, respectively.
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ST. JOHN’S, NL — The question hovering over the Albany Devils practice Thursday at Mile One Centre is how will they respond? After a 1-0 loss during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Devils will try and stave off elimination against the IceCaps during Friday’s 6 pm (ET) contest.
The Devils failed to solve St. John’s netminder Michael Hutchinson, who turned in a 24-save performance for his first career postseason shutout Wednesday. Despite being outshot, 35-24, Albany had chances. Reid Boucher was robbed by Hutchinson’s glove on a redirect midway through the third period and Joe Whitney sent a rolling puck just high of an open net during the closing seconds.
“I thought one of them went in there and I started raising my hands,” said right-winger Mike Sislo. “I thought we put some good pressure on them towards the end and almost got one.”
The roles were reversed during Games 2 and 3. In Albany’s 4-2 win last Saturday, the Devils enjoyed nine power plays. On Wednesday, they found themselves in the box for six IceCaps man advantages.
Albany has won the special teams battle this series. The power play is operating at 26.7 percent, while the penalty kill is at 93.3 percent.
“We moved the puck pretty well,” Sislo said of the power-play unit. “Our entries could be a little bit better, but that’s something if we get the opportunities in the next game, we have to take advantage of it.”
As for the penalty kill…
“We did get into a little bit of penalty trouble, but our PK stepped up and kept us in the game,” Sislo added. “Our PK, along with Keith Kinkaid, has been great all series. Those two things really gave us a chance at the end of the game. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find the back of the net.”
The stakes have never been higher for the Devils, whose season could end Friday. This group finds itself in a must-win situation.
“We are all aware of what’s on the line,” Sislo said. “We are going to come out moving our feet and ready to go — backs-against-the-wall mentality. It will be exciting, but we are prepared for it and we know what we have to do to have success.”
The Devils practice Thursday lasted just less than an hour. The team will skate Friday morning before puck drop in the evening. Fans can watch the game online at ahllive.com.