RECAP | IceCaps – Phantoms: Special Teams Come Up Short

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(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)
2016-17 Season, Game 49 | Friday February 10, 2017 
PPL Center, Allentown, PA

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-4

PHANTOMS
Lehigh Valley

(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
Camara – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Lindgren
Danis

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Tom Parisi, David Broll, Markus Eisenschmid, Alexandre Ranger

Injured Reserve: Martin Reway

Game Report

On this Pennsylvania road trip, the IceCaps managed to down the top-ranked team in the AHL twice, including blanking them 4-0 on Wednesday night.  After that, the St. John’s team traveled down the road about an hour to visit the Lehigh Valley Phantoms who currently sit in second place league-wide.

After a fairly well-performed first period which saw Bobby Farnham get the scoring started with the help of Julien Brouillette and Daniel Audette, and the IceCaps got a good break by having a Phantoms goal waived off for contact with Charlie Lindgren, they entered the second period tied 1-1 with Lehigh Valley.

That’s where the wheels started to come off in this game a bit.  The Phantoms outshot the IceCaps 18-10 in the middle frame, and controlled the play for much of the rest of the game.  Despite getting five opportunities on the man advantage, St. John’s couldn’t muster a power play goal and overall the special teams performance for the IceCaps was generally disappointing.

Charles Hudon did notch an unassisted goal in the second period, but the Phantoms answered with a power play goal of their own to even the score yet again.  The final frame was all Lehigh Valley.  Bad turnovers and zone entries left the IceCaps constantly chasing the puck.

Lindgren came up big in the third with a monstrous save on a Chris Connor penalty shot, but then, with less than four minutes to overtime, Mark Alt found mesh for his first goal of the season.  The Phantoms put the game away a minute later with an empty-netter on what could have been considered a potential icing call.

The IceCaps rematch the Phantoms on Saturday night for their final game of this road trip, before heading back to St. John’s to face the Binghamton Senators and Syracuse Crunch later this week.

▲     Charlie Lindgren, Jacob de la Rose, Joel Hanley, Charles Hudon

▼     Stefan Matteau, Daniel Audette

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PHANTOMS
 21 Shots 37
0 for 5 Power Play 1 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (22-21-5-1) 1 1 0 2
 Phantoms (32-13-2-0) 1 1 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ: Farnham (8), Hudon (15)
  • LV: Sanheim (8), Conner (14), Alt (1), Bardreau (7)
  • STJ: Lindgren (L) 16-13-3
  • LV: Stolarz (W) 11-5-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Mark Alt  LV
  2. Cole Bardreau  LV
  3. Charlie Lindgren  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Brett Lernout

 Post-game interview with Zach Redmond

Quotes courtesy of AHL Report

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