RECAP | Marlies – IceCaps: Playoff Hopes Are Still Alive

(Photo by Jeff Parsons | St. John's IceCaps)
2016-17 Season, Game 75 | Friday April 14, 2017 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

St. John’s




(Photo by Jeff Parsons | St. John’s IceCaps)


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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



Scratches: Ryan Johnston, Tom Parisi, Mark MacMillan, Guillaume Asselin, Markus Eisenschmid, Jeremy Gregoire, Daniel Carr (undisclosed)

Injured Reserve: Martin Reway

Game Report

The IceCaps kicked off their final home series of the regular season against their North Division rival Toronto Marlies, with a chance to clinch a playoff spot. It did not get off with the start St. John’s wanted, however. Steve Oleksy fired a shot from the point that eluded Charlie Lindgren just under three minutes into the game.

Later in the period, Brandon Leipsic doubled the Marlies lead on the man advantage, beating an outstretched Lindgren. But after an Andrew Campbell cross-checking penalty, the IceCaps cut the Toronto lead in half. Charles Hudon banged home the rebound off a Joel Hanley point shot, making it 2-1. St. John’s headed to the first intermission trailing 2-1.

The second period got off to an even worse start than the first. Just 23 seconds into the frame, Trevor Moore beat Lindgren to restore the Marlies’ two-goal lead. But that did not deter St. John’s, especially not Hudon. He went through the Marlies defense, and deked around Garret Sparks to make it 3-2.

The IceCaps kept it coming. Though St. John’s was short-handed, Stefan Matteau wheeled around the Marlies net and the puck found its way to Jacob de la Rose who fired it past Sparks to tie the game. But just 30 seconds later, Seth Griffith answered for Toronto to restore the Marlies lead to 4-3 after 40 minutes.

The third period was mostly uneventful for the IceCaps. Toronto enjoyed much of the possession in the frame. The ‘Caps came very close to tying it on a couple occasions, but Sparks did not budge. The Marlies added an empty-netter to seal their victory.

St. John’s lost a tough one 5-3. They will look to close out their regular season strong Saturday night, with the potential to clinch a playoff berth still on the line.

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

▲     Max Friberg, Charles Hudon, Jacob de la Rose, Chris Terry

▼     Zach Redmond, Julien Brouillette

28 Shots 24
1 for 2 Power Play 1 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 4
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (35-30-8-2) 1 2 0 3
 Marlies (42-28-4-1) 2 2 1 5
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ: Hudon (26), Hudon (27), de la Rose (14)
  • TOR: Oleksy (4), Leipsic (18), Moore (13), Griffith (10), Valiev (3)
  • STJ: Lindgren (L) 23-18-6
  • TOR: Sparks (W) 21-8-0
 AHL Three Stars

  1. Charles Hudon  STJ
  2. Steve Oleksy  TOR
  3. Brett Findlay  TOR

 Video highlights (When available, IceCaps vs Comets highlights will be posted.)
 Post-game interview

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

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