|2016-17 Season, Game 20 | Saturday November 26, 2016
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Andrighetto – McCarron – ScherbakRedmond – Hanley
Matteau – de la Rose – Friberg
Farnham – Audette – Eisenschmid
Broll – MacMillan – Gregoire
Parisi – Johnston
Samuelsson – Lernout/one_half_last]
Scratches: Josiah Didier, Yannick Veilleux, Julien Brouillette, Jonathan Racine
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
The IceCaps got off to a much more encouraging start following a game in which coach Sylvain Lefebvre said there were “too many passengers”. The team responded well to the previous night’s loss and St. John’s dominated the visiting Bruins in the first period.
The IceCaps would score three in the period, the first of which was scored by Sven Andrighetto on an innocent looking shot that beat Dan Vladar. 7 minutes later Bobby Farnham scored his 3rd of the season off the rush to make it 2-0, chasing Vladar from the net in the process. Finally, it was Michael McCarron sweeping home his 3rd of the season past a defenseless Malcolm Subban. Andrighetto and Jacob de la Rose picked up helpers on the goal and St. John’s headed to the break with a commanding 3-0 lead.
The second period however, would be a different story. Though St. John’s found themselves with a man advantage after an Anton Blidh holding penalty, Nikita Scherbak committed a sloppy neutral zone turnover which led to a shorthanded two-on-none for Providence. Danton Heinen scored off a cross-crease dish from Colton Hargrove to make it a two-goal game. Later in the period, Bruins captain Tommy Cross picked the corner, over the left shoulder of Charlie Lindgren to bring Providence within one. The IceCaps headed to the second intermission hanging onto a 3-2 lead.
The third period would bring on more of the same. The Bruins had multiple chances in the period, including a mad scramble in front of Lindgren, started by Cross, but somehow the puck stayed out. But Providence persisted and Heinen scored again, this time a powerplay marker to tie the game. What remained of the third period solved nothing as these teams would need extra time to determine a winner.
The overtime period was uneventful, for the most part. Jake DeBrusk had perhaps the best chance of the night, a clear-cut breakaway in the dying seconds of OT, but Lindgren was equal to the task and the teams headed to the shootout.
Daniel Audette was the first shooter for St. John’s and he beat Subban going forehand-backhand to give the ‘Caps the 1-0 lead. The goaltenders stymied the next three shooters and that set up Scherbak with a chance for redemption and he made good on his chance to win the game for his team.
The IceCaps got their revenge on the Bruins with a 4-3 win in the shootout. Lindgren was marvelous once again, making 38 saves on 41 shots.
St. John’s gets back in action on Tuesday night as the Syracuse Crunch come to town for two games in two nights.
(Game Report written by Joseph Whalen, Staff Writer for AHL Report)
▲ Charlie Lindgren, Sven Andrighetto, Michael McCarron, Jacob de la Rose, Bobby Farnham, Nikita Scherbak, Zach Redmond
|0 for 1||Power Play||1 for 2|
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Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre
Post-game interview with Nikita Scherbak
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