RECAP | Devils – IceCaps: Tremendous Team Effort Falls Short

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(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)
2016-17 Season, Game 55 | Friday February 24, 2017 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-3

DEVILS
Albany

(Photo by Amy Johnson | 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
Parisi – Lernout[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Lindgren
Danis

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

Injured Reserve: Martin Reway

Game Report

The IceCaps got back to work Friday against their division rival, the Albany Devils. It was a fantastic opening period for St. John’s, they carried the play throughout the frame and their work was rewarded with two goals. Just under nine minutes into the period, Charles Hudon sniped his 19th of the season past Ken Appleby off a nice feed from Nikita Scherbak. Then at the 17-minute mark of the period, Mark MacMillan doubled the ‘Caps lead after Appleby misplayed the puck. St. John’s headed to the dressing room leading 2-0.

The second period did not bring anything in the way of goals, but was all IceCaps. They continued their domination, outshooting Albany 9-3 in the frame. St. John’s had a few quality chances in the period, highlighted by a Jeremy Gregoire rush to the net that was turned aside by Appleby. Though they outplayed them most of the period, the Devils did come close to beating Charlie Lindgren on occasion but at the end of the second, the IceCaps still led 2-0.

However, it began to fall apart in the third period for the IceCaps. The Devils got it going early in the frame as Ryan Kujawinksi got the visitors on the board, beating Lindgren in close. Later, in the period with just under three minutes left, Ben Thomson tipped in a Karl Stollery point shot to tie the game up 2-2. The teams needed an extra frame to determine a winner.

In the overtime period, the teams exchanged chances with most of the quality ones going to Albany. Though Lindgren did his best to keep the IceCaps alive, including a miraculous poke check save, eventually Kevin Rooney slid the game winner past him five-hole to win the game for the Devils.

St. John’s lost a tough one 3-2 to the Devils, after dominating for the greater part of 50 minutes. They get a chance to avenge this loss tomorrow evening in the final game of the home-stand.

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

▲     Chris Terry, Nikita Scherbak, Mark MacMillan, Keegan Lowe, Charlie Lindgren

 Statistics 
ICECAPS   DEVILS
 34 Shots 26
0 for 2 Power Play 0 for 2
4 Penalty Minutes 4
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (24-23-7-1) 2 0 0 0 2
 Devils (31-23-1-1) 0 0 2 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ: Hudon (19), MacMillan (4)
  • ALB: Kujawinski (5), Thomson (5), Rooney (10)
  • STJ: Lindgren (L) 17-14-5
  • ALB: Appleby (W) 15-11-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Kevin Rooney  ALB
  2. Charlie Lindgren  STJ
  3. Ken Appleby  ALB

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

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