RECAP | Crunch – IceCaps: ‘Caps Offense Wakes Up Against Division Leaders

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(Photo by Jeff Parsons | St. John's IceCaps)
2016-17 Season, Game 53 | Saturday February 18, 2017 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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6-1

CRUNCH
Syracuse

(Photo by Jeff Parsons | St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – Terry – Scherbak
Matteau – de la Rose – Friberg
Veilleux – Audette – Farnham
Broll – Gregoire – Ranger[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Hanley – Redmond
Brouillette – Johnston
Parisi – Lernout[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Lindgren
Danis

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Philip Samuelsson, Anthony Camara, Mark MacMillan (undisclosed), Daniel Carr (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)

Injured Reserve: Martin Reway

Game Report

The IceCaps got back to work Saturday night, with the North Division-leading Syracuse Crunch in town. St. John’s came out looking motivated after two tough results against the Binghamton Senators earlier in the week. Their work paid off early as, just over six minutes in, Chris Terry scored his 18th of the season on the power play to make it 1-0 IceCaps.

A little over three minutes later, after some extended IceCaps pressure, Jacob de la Rose deflected home a Max Friberg shot to extend the St. John’s lead to 2-0. St. John’s was not comfortable for long though. Just under two minutes later, after a Zach Redmond tripping penalty, Matt Taormina snuck in backdoor and beat Charlie Lindgren to cut the IceCaps lead in half. The IceCaps headed to the intermission leading 2-1.

The second period was all IceCaps. Though it was back and forth for the first eight minutes of the period, St. John’s put down the hammer. First it was Stefan Matteau sneaking one past Kristers Gudlevskis for his ninth of the season, to restore the IceCaps two-goal lead. Then it was David Broll busting in past the Crunch defense and beating Gudlevskis for his fifth of the season, chasing Gudlevskis in the process. It was de la Rose capping it all off with his second of the night to stretch it to 5-1 at the end of 40 minutes.

The IceCaps had little work to do in the third period but came out strong and finished the job. Redmond potted his second of the season just over a minute into the frame, to make it 6-1 and that sealed the deal for St. John’s.

The IceCaps dominated Syracuse in the first game of two against them. Lindgren was solid on the night making 29 saves on 30 shots, and de la Rose took home first star of the night with two goals and one assist on the night. The IceCaps have little time to celebrate as they get back to work Sunday afternoon.

(Game Report written by Joseph Whalen, Staff Writer for AHL Report)

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Nikita Scherbak, Charlie Lindgren, Chris Terry

 Statistics 
ICECAPS   CRUNCH
 37 Shots 30
1 for 5 Power Play 1 for 2
18 Penalty Minutes 22
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (24-22-6-1) 2 3 1 6
 Crunch (25-17-4-5) 1 0 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ: Terry (18), de la Rose (4), Matteau (9), Broll (5), de la Rose (5), Redmond (2)
  • SYR: Taormina (13)
  • STJ: Lindgren (W) 17-13-4
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (L) 9-8-6
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Jacob de la Rose  STJ
  2. Chris Terry  STJ
  3. Zach Redmond  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

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