RECAP | Devils – IceCaps: Resiliency Pays Off in Comeback Win

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(Photo by Douglas Browne | Rocket Sports Media)
2016-17 Season, Game 56 | Saturday February 25, 2017 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

5-4

DEVILS
Albany

(Photo by Douglas Browne | Rocket Sports Media)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Danis
Lindgren

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Tom Parisi, Anthony Camara, Alexandre Ranger, Daniel Carr (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)

Injured Reserve: Martin Reway

Game Report

The IceCaps and Albany Devils played their second game in as many nights Saturday night. St. John’s was looking to avenge the heartbreaking loss from the previous night and they got off to a great start. On their first shot of the game, Brett Lernout fired the puck past Mackenzie Blackwood to make it 1-0 just under four minutes in. However, just past the halfway mark of the period Albany struck back. Reece Scarlett floated one towards the net that eluded Yann Danis to even the score. The teams headed to the dressing rooms tied 1-1.

The second period got off to a rough start for St. John’s. Though they were not scored on, five minutes into the period the shots were 7-0 for Albany. They weathered the storm early and it paid off for them. Charles Hudon hammered home his 20th of the season past Blackwood, who managed to get a piece of the blast but could not handle it. Later in the frame it was Stefan Matteau beating Blackwood up high to stretch the ‘Caps lead to 3-1. St. John’s led 3-1 after 40 minutes.

The third period started disastrously for the IceCaps. Just 40 seconds in, Luke Gazdic just managed to sneak one past Danis to cut the St. John’s lead in half. Then it was Petr Straka tying the game just before the halfway mark of the third period. Finally, Nick Lappin benefitted from an unfortunate rebound off the pad of Danis to give the Devils their first lead of the night, 4-3.

But then the IceCaps resiliency began to show. Zach Redmond made a beautiful stretch pass to Hudon who wound up and fired his second of the night past Blackwood to tie the game back up 4-4. Just 33 seconds after Hudon tied it, Nikita Scherbak made a beautiful play to set up Chris Terry, who just had to put the puck in the open cage to give the IceCaps a 5-4 lead. And that was the final score, as the IceCaps snuck out with the win.

St. John’s got out of this one with two points after blowing a two-goal lead for the second straight night. The IceCaps get back in action Friday when they visit the Rochester Americans.

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

▲     Charles Hudon, Chris Terry, Zach Redmond, Nikita Scherbak, Brett Lernout

 Statistics 
ICECAPS   DEVILS
 33 Shots 31
0 for 2 Power Play 0 for 4
15 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (25-23-7-1) 1 2 2 5
 Devils (31-24-1-1) 1 0 3 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ: Lernout (2), Hudon (20), Matteau (10), Hudon (21), Terry (21)
  • ALB: Scarlett (4), Gazdic (1), Straka (4), Lappin (8)
  • STJ: Danis (W) 8-6-3
  • ALB: Blackwood (L) 11-9-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Charles Hudon  STJ
  2. Chris Terry  STJ
  3. Luke Gazdic  ALB

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Zach Redmond

Post-game interview with Charles Hudon

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