|2016-17 Season, Game 44 | Saturday January 28, 2017
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Matteau – M. McCarron – Terry
[one_half_last]Brouillette – Lernout
Scratches: John McCarron, Alexandre Ranger, Josiah Didier, Anthony Camara, Mark MacMillan
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
The IceCaps and Marlies got back to work early Saturday afternoon. The opening frame was mostly uneventful, with the teams exchanging power play opportunities including an extended five-on-three for St. John’s. Yann Danis and Garret Sparks did not budge early, however, until the dying minutes of the frame when Seth Griffith opened the scoring off a cross-crease feed from Trevor Moore, to make it 1-0.
The second period was not much better for St. John’s. Dmytro Timashov made it 2-0 Marlies on the power play just over seven minutes into the frame with Danis down and out. While the IceCaps did have some solid scoring chances, including a few Charles Hudon partial breaks, they just could not solve Sparks.
The Marlies reached 30 shots after just 40 minutes of play, to the IceCaps 18, thanks in large part to some extended pressure at the end of the frame. Danis was the only reason the game was not out of reach after two periods of play. The IceCaps found themselves down 2-0 at the end of two periods.
The third period brought more of the same. The Marlies power play struck yet again just 22 seconds into the period, as Andreas Johnsson deflected one past Danis to make it 3-0. Later in the frame, after a Bobby Farnham double-minor for high-sticking, Timashov tallied for the second time in the game. It was another power play goal that extended the Toronto lead to 4-0 and that was the final score.
The IceCaps dropped both games of the series against the rival Marlies. Sparks was fantastic in the Toronto crease, turning aside all 27 shots he faced.
St. John’s has a brief break in the form of the AHL All-Star Classic, where goaltender Charlie Lindgren will represent the IceCaps, before getting back to work late next week against the Eastern Conference-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
(Game Report written by Joseph Whalen, Staff Writer for AHL Report)
▲ Max Friberg, Tom Parisi, Charles Hudon
▼ Michael McCarron
|0 for 6||Power Play||3 for 5|
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Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre
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