|2016-17 Season, Game 11 | Saturday November 5, 2016
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL
Forward lines and defense pairings:
Andrighetto – Terry – Friberg
Hudon – Audette – Scherbak
Matteau – McCarron – de la Rose
Broll – Eisenschmid – Farnham
Barberio – Lernout
Johnston – Samuelsson
Racine – Didier
Scratches: Tom Parisi, Mark MacMillan, Jeremy Gregoire, Connor Crisp, Julien Brouillette
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
It was a great start for the IceCaps Saturday night against their rival, the Toronto Marlies. Both teams came out of the gate strong with a lot of energy but St. John’s was clearly out-chancing Toronto early. This included a miraculous blocked shot from Marlies defenseman William Wrenn on an odd man rush where the IceCaps had goaltender Antoine Bibeau at their mercy.
That block did not deter the IceCaps. Charles Hudon was the beneficiary of a fortuitous bounce and went in all alone. Hudon made no mistake and scored his 8th of the season, absolutely undressing Bibeau in the process. But just over three minutes later the Marlies would make Jonathan Racine pay for a hooking infraction and Kasperi Kapanen scored his 5th of the season on a one-timer, just beating a sprawling Charlie Lindgren. The teams headed to the intermission knotted at 1-1.
The second period would not bring much. The IceCaps found themselves with a 5-on-3 power play but didn’t muster up much of anything. St. John’s would, in fact, not score on all three man advantage opportunities in the period. On a positive note for the IceCaps, they did not allow a shot on goal until just under the 14-minute mark of the period.
The IceCaps did however manage to get the best chance of the period. Bobby Farnham was all alone down the right side, when he stopped and found a trailing Stefan Matteau while falling to the ice. Bibeau stoned Matteau with the right pad to keep the score knotted at 1-1. That was the best scoring opportunity of the period and it was also the last of high quality, as the teams headed back to the dressing rooms still tied 1-1.
In the third period, the IceCaps got back on the power play and this time they made it work. Michael McCarron finally banged home his first goal on the season off the initial shot from Chris Terry to make it 2-1. Just 21 seconds later, Sven Andrighetto would tally again with a wrister over the shoulder of Bibeau to very quickly make it 3-1. Matteau, who was stoned earlier, would pot the empty netter to finish off the Marlies and make it 4-1.
Lindgren improved to 6-0-0 on the season, making 26 saves on 27 shots, which was another fantastic outing for him. His 26 saves were enough to earn him the first star of the match and a nice ovation from the appreciative home supporters.
St. John’s and Toronto get right back at it tomorrow. The Marlies will come back with a vengeance and the IceCaps will be looking to extend their winning streak to four games, before heading out on a long road trip.
(Game Report submitted by Joe Whalen, Staff Writer)
▲ Charlie Lindgren, Sven Andrighetto, Chris Terry, Charles Hudon, Michael McCarron
|2 for 5||Power Play||1 for 3|
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