RECAP | Phantoms – IceCaps: ‘Caps Allow Four-Goal Lead to Slip Away

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)
2016-17 Season, Game 65 | Tuesday March 21, 2017 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

St. John’s



Lehigh Valley

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – Terry – Scherbak
Matteau – de la Rose – Farnham
Carr – Audette – Friberg
Veilleux – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]

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



Scratches: Tom Parisi, David Broll, Julien Brouillette, Anthony Camara, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)

Injured Reserve: Martin Reway

Game Report

The IceCaps got back in action Tuesday night, with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in town for a two-game series. St. John’s got off to a great start when just seven minutes in, Mark MacMillan beat Anthony Stolarz five-hole on an innocent looking shot, to make it 1-0 for the home side. Just 21 seconds later, Jeremy Gregoire got a fortunate bounce off a Phantoms’ skate in front to make it 2-0. The IceCaps headed to the first intermission leading 2-0.

The second period brought more of the same for the IceCaps. After Ryan Johnston took a tripping penalty, Jacob de la Rose chased down a loose puck and beat Stolarz short-handed to make it 3-0. Later in the frame Daniel Audette added to the ‘Caps lead, breaking his 27-game goalless drought in the process.

However, the Phantoms struck back with less than a minute remaining in the second. It was Cole Bardreau beating Charlie Lindgren to get Lehigh Valley on the board and give them a little bit of momentum heading into the final period of play. The teams concluded 40 minutes with St. John’s leading the visitors 4-1.

The third period was not as successful for St. John’s. It started off looking promising with a great scoring chance where Stolarz made an incredible save on Charles Hudon, keeping the Phantoms alive. That save proved huge, as Lehigh Valley slowly chipped away at the St. John’s lead after that save.

It started with Maxim Lamarche, who got credit for a fortunate goal that deflected over Lindgren and fluttered into the net. Just over four minutes later, Nicolas Aube-Kubel got Lehigh Valley back within one. Then with just under two minutes remaining in the game, Colin McDonald deflected home a TJ Brennan shot to tie it up 4-4 and send it to overtime.

The IceCaps began the overtime period short-handed, after a questionable call on Chris Terry in the final minute of regulation. That penalty cost St. John’s as Brennan capped off the comeback.

St. John’s dropped a heartbreaker 5-4, allowing five unanswered goals. The IceCaps get their chance to avenge this loss tomorrow evening.

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

▲     Max Friberg, Keegan Lowe, Chris Terry, Mark MacMillan, Jeremy Gregoire, Jacob de la Rose

▼     Ryan Johnston, Nikita Scherbak

33 Shots 38
0 for 2 Power Play 0 for 4
10 Penalty Minutes 8
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (31-25-8-1) 2 2 0 0 4
 Phantoms (41-19-4-0) 0 1 3 1 5
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ: MacMillan (6), Gregoire (8), de la Rose (10), Audette (8)
  • LV: Bardreau (9), Lamarche (4), Aube-Kubel (9), McDonald (23), Brennan (19)
  • STJ: Lindgren (L) 21-16-6
  • LV: Stolarz (W) 16-7-0
 AHL Three Stars

  1. Max Friberg  STJ
  2. T.J. Brennan  LV
  3. Andy Miele  LV

 Video highlights
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Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

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