|2016-17 Season, Game 12 | Sunday November 6, 2016
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Andrighetto – Terry – Friberg
[one_half_last]Barberio – Lernout
Scratches: Tom Parisi, Mark MacMillan, Jeremy Gregoire, Connor Crisp, Julien Brouillette
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
It was a tough first period for the St. John’s IceCaps against their rival, the Toronto Marlies. Though Stefan Matteau managed to get through Marlies goaltender Garrett Sparks’ five hole with an innocent looking shot, the Marlies came out hungry and were buzzing early. They kept up their strong play and Kasperi Kapanen scored on a broken play to tie the game at 1-1.
The period went on and the IceCaps discipline became their undoing in the frame. First Jacob de la Rose pounded Colin Smith into the boards and received a boarding minor which lead to Brendan Leipsic breaking the tie with a laser. Charlie Lindgren had no shot to keep that one out. Later it would be Nikita Scherbak with a hooking infraction and, again, Kapanen made St. John’s pay with an absolute rocket. The period ended with the Marlies in control 3-1.
The second period would bring on more of the same for the IceCaps. St. John’s was pinned in their own zone to start the period. Toronto came close to beating Lindgren twice; Milan Michalek wired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Lindgren but couldn’t beat the post. Later in the period, Kerby Rychel fired one off the post as well.
Lindgren would make some key saves himself to keep his team in it and those saves proved valuable when Tobias Lindberg got penalized for holding later in the period. It would be Chris Terry that made Lindberg pay and get the IceCaps back within one. Minutes later St. John’s found themselves with a two-man advantage and it looked as though Michael McCarron tied the score, but it was quickly waved off and deemed to have been batted in with a high-stick. The score remained 3-2 heading into the intermission.
That disallowed goal would come back to haunt the IceCaps as the third period came and went without a St. John’s tying goal. McCarron did come close again on the doorstep but he didn’t get everything behind it and the puck slid past the post and into the corner. Though the IceCaps would muster up some great pressure with the extra attacker, they could not solve Sparks, and the Marlies escaped with a 3-2 win.
Despite losing his first game of the season (and of his pro career) Lindgren was his usual self, making several quality saves throughout the game. He stopped 28 shots in total and could not be blamed for any of the Toronto goals.
The IceCaps now head out on the road. An extended road trip starts in Springfield Friday and ends nine days later in Toronto against this same Marlies team. St. John’s will play six games on this upcoming road trip and return home November 25th to face Providence.
(Game Report submitted by Joe Whalen, Staff Writer)
▲ Charlie Lindgren, Brett Lernou, Jacob de la Rose, Michael McCarron, Max Friberg
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