IceCaps cap off memorable weekend, reward fans

St.John's hockey fans were given a special St.Patrick's day nod from their IceCaps this weekend, as the team won both games against the Hamilton Bulldogs in AHL action, March 15 and 16.

Friday night was especially hard on the visiting Bulldogs, who lost 5-0. A 3-goal first period launched the IceCaps in the right direction. Saturday proved another hard pill to swallow, as the Bulldogs gave up a 2-goal lead to lose 4-3, as the IceCaps scored three in the third period.

IceCaps goalie Mark Dekanich was between the pipes for the IceCaps and stopped 23 shots en route to his first shutout in months. On Saturday, Dekanich stopped 16 of 19 shots.

O'Dell was the driving force behind the IceCaps in the two-win werekend, earning himself AHL player of the week honours, while putting up five points in two games (3g, 2 a), including a 2-goal, 3-point third period to rally St.John's to a late win on Saturday.

"All I think about is playing hard every game, I don't reall think about stats or anything like that," O'Dell said. "I know they will come if I play hard. I'm happy I have (20 goals) now, so no regrets."

Josh Lunden scored his first goal for the IceCaps on Friday, and netted the game-winner on Saturday, capping off a memorable weekend for the new forward.

"Tonight wasn't the best start, so we knew we had more and we knew we could play well against this team," Lunden said. "We really picked it up and started playing our game more in the second and definitely in the third, playing the way we wanted to. It wasn't the start we wanted, but we definitely finished the way we wanted."

A few notes:
-McCambridge sat O'Dell down to explain to him that Patrice Cormier's call-up was because of his physical style of play, as opposed to an overall 
-Eric O'Dell now has 21 goals on the season, the first IceCap to 20 in what has been a low-scoring season for the team. Due to his performance, O'Dell is an excellent candidate for a call-up if the Jets need another scoring option, and will, at the least, get a serious look come next season's training camp. This is a contract year for O'Dell, who is finishing the last year of his entry level contract.