RECAP | Thunderbirds – IceCaps: Last Home Game of 2016

Photo courtesy of the St. John's IceCaps
2016-17 Season, Game 26 | Saturday December 10, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

St. John’s




Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

[one_half_last]Hanley – Brouillette
Lernout – Parisi
Racine – Johnston[/one_half_last]



Scratches: Connor Crisp, Josiah Didier, Philip Samuelsson, Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed)

Injured Reserve: Martin Reway

Game Report

After an entertaining, high-scoring affair Friday night in the first of two games between St. John’s and Springfield, the game on Saturday night was a little bit of a letdown. The IceCaps did manage to get some great chances in the opening frame. Chris Terry was sprung on a breakaway but fired his backhand shot wide. Later in the period, Bobby Farnham rushed down the right side with speed but he fired it right at Reto Berra. After the teams scored five goals in the first period Friday night, they headed to the first intermission scoreless.

The second period brought more of the same. Both teams played conservatively but neither found the back of the net. Once again, St. John’s had some good chances to open the scoring but could not solve Berra. The most significant moment of the period was a fight between Jeremy Gregoire and Ed Wittchow. It was Wittchow’s second fight of the game after scrapping with David Broll in the first period and got a game misconduct afterwards, per AHL regulations on having more than one fighting major in a game. The teams still remained scoreless after 40 minutes of play.

The third period finally brought some offense. The teams exchanged chances early in the frame and it looked as though they were finally starting to take some risks. The Thunderbirds opened the scoring when Chase Balisy slid a backhand shot past a sprawling Charlie Lindgren. Later Balisy struck again, banging home a rebound off a Shane Harper one-timer and Springfield found themselves up 2-0.

Though Jacob de la Rose made it 2-1 on a 6-on-4 man advantage (his first goal of the season), that was as close as St. John’s came in this one. The ‘Caps outshot the Thunderbirds 31-26 but Berra made all the difference in this one.

St. John’s closed out their eight game homestand with a 4-4 record. They now head to Binghamton for a battle with the Senators Wednesday to kick off a lengthy road trip which will not bring them home to Newfoundland until January.

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

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Charles Hudon, Chris Terry, David Broll

▼     Jonathan Racine

 31 Shots 26
1 for 3 Power Play 0 for 2
16 Penalty Minutes 28
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (13-12-1-0) 0 0 1 1
 Thunderbirds (10-9-3-2) 0 0 2 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  de la Rose (1)
  • SPR: Balisy (3), Balisy (4)
  • STJ: Lindgren (L) 9-7-0-0
  • SPR: Berra (W) 6-4-2-3
 AHL Three Stars

  1. Chase Balisy  SPR
  2. Jacob de la Rose  STJ
  3. Reto Berra  SPR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Audio from interviews provided by Joseph Whalen for AHL Report | Rocket Sports Media.

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