|2016-17 Season, Game 70 | Saturday April 1, 2017
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – Terry – Scherbak
[one_half_last]Redmond – Hanley
Scratches: Tom Parisi, Anthony Camara, Mark MacMillan, Ryan Johnston, Daniel Carr (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
The IceCaps got back to work Saturday, looking to avenge their loss to the Binghamton Senators from Friday. The opening frame was action-packed. Both teams came out aggressively looking to set the tone and it resulted in some penalties. Just over two minutes into the game, Jeremy Gregoire and Max McCormick got into a spirited tilt, waking up both sides in the process.
However, just under two minutes after that fight, Brett Lernout took a high-sticking penalty in the neutral zone which was quickly followed by a Bobby Farnham boarding call. The Senators had a five-on-three advantage and they took advantage. Mike Blunden opened the scoring just 19 seconds after the Farnham penalty. The IceCaps trailed 1-0 after one period.
The second period got off to a great start for the home side. Just 22 seconds in, Jacob de la Rose benefitted from a great set-up pass by Stefan Matteau to tie the game 1-1. Just over six minutes later, following a Gregoire roughing penalty, Max Friberg dove to the ice and poked the puck in front of Farnham who went in all alone on Matt O’Connor and made no mistake, making it 2-1.
As the second period was coming to a close, there was a fight in the corner just to the left of Yann Danis, which resulted in Lernout and Nick Paul getting matching 10-minute misconducts. After 40 minutes, there were 50 combined penalty minutes between the teams. More importantly, the IceCaps led 2-1 after two periods.
The third period was a little tamer than the second. There were not nearly as many penalties as the second, and the teams did not give up as many quality scoring chances. But just past the halfway point of the period, Phil Varone tied the game up after a scramble in front of Danis. It looked like the IceCaps may lose another game in which they held a lead after two periods, but that was not the case tonight.
After some great work by Nikita Scherbak on the forecheck and a nice pass from Chris Terry, Charles Hudon buried it in tight to restore the St. John’s lead. After a stressful few minutes, which included a 6-on-4-man advantage for Binghamton, de la Rose sealed the deal with an empty-netter to make it 4-2.
The IceCaps avenged their 4-2 loss from Friday, with a 4-2 victory Saturday night. St. John’s has a couple of days to refocus as they get back in action Tuesday in Toronto.
(Game Report written by Joseph Whalen, Staff Writer for AHL Report)
▲ Chris Terry, Charles Hudon, Jacob de la Rose, Max Friberg
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Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre
Post-game interview with Charles Hudon
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