Scratches: Jeremy Gregoire, Ryan Johnston, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Gabriel Dumont (undisclosed) Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
Friday night’s loss in Binghamton left the IceCaps looking for a solution to the persistent problem of how to get a win against the Senators. They came out in Saturday night’s game with a lot of energy, obviously frustrated with their inability to find a way to get pucks past Chris Driedger.
That frustration spilled over early on in a game that saw three fights and a number of boarding and roughing calls. Darren Dietz, Shane Bakker, and Michael McCarron all dropped the gloves with opponents. Senators captain Zach Stortini tried numerous times to get John Scott to go as well, but with no luck.
Casey Bailey got the home team on the board late in the first period after McCarron made a bad drop pass behind the net to a Binghamton player who fed the puck right to Bailey in the slot. After that, the goals kept coming for the Senators and it wasn’t until the third period when the IceCaps finally got on the scoreboard with a goal by Morgan Ellis.
The third period looked like a completely different game, with St. John’s getting 19 shots on goal compared to a cumulative nine shots on goal in the first forty minutes.
A highlight reel moment came in the dying moments of the game as Bud Holloway sprawled across the ice deflecting the puck with an outstretched stick away from the IceCaps empty net.
Once again, however, it was too little too late and the IceCaps left the ice with another loss.
The Icecaps continue their road trip by heading to Albany next for a game against the Devils on Wednesday night.