IceCaps drop second straight overtime game
Andrew Bodnarchuk scored just 18 seconds into overtime to give the Providence Bruins a 4-3 victory over the St. John’s IceCaps on Sunday evening at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
A day after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Springfield Falcons in the extra frame, St. John’s lost its second consecutive overtime game and third in a row overall.
St. John’s managed to get out of the first period with a scoreless tie despite showing some signs of fatigue after playing nearly 65 minutes of hockey Saturday night. The IceCaps seemed to find their legs in the second, converting twice on goals from Spencer Machacek and Kevin Clark, the first of the season for both forwards.
Clark, who sat out Saturday night in Springfield, deflected a Mark Flood point shot at the 11:18 mark of the second to give the IceCaps the lead. However, Bruins centre Stefan Chaput tied the game at 2 with his fourth of the season less than three minutes later.
The score would stay that way until 4:10 of the third period when Kyle MacKinnon netted his first of the year to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead.MacKinnon was able to bang home a rebound past IceCaps goaltender David Aebischer after St. John’s failed to clear the puck out of the defensive zone just moments earlier.
Another IceCaps forward would register his first goal of the season with 9:16 remaining in regulation time. Aaron Gagnon, recently assigned to St. John’s by NHL affiliate Winnipeg, was rewarded for being in the right place at the right time and made no mistake in tying the game at three. After a flurry of chances late in regulation, the IceCaps were unable to sustain the momentum in overtime.
The IceCaps once again showed no hesitation in throwing the kitchen sink at the opposing goaltender. St. John’s outshot Providence 43-34 and have now outshot the opposition in each of its 10 games this season. Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin made 40 saves and exacted his revenge after surrendering four goals in a loss to the IceCaps on October 7th.
St. John’s was hampered all game long by an inability to sustain consistent pressure on the powerplay. The IceCaps went 1-for-6 with the man advantage and are just 5-for-56 (8.9%) on the season, last in the AHL. St. John’s did kill four of five penalties in the game.
Captain Jason Jaffray, who picked up an assist on Machacek’s second period goal, now has four points in the first two games of the six-game road trip. Defenceman Paul Postma’s assist gave him a team-leading eight points on the season.
The IceCaps continue their New England road swing with a trip to Worcester to face the division rival Sharks on Tuesday night. The Sharks have yet to lose in regulation time this season (4-0-0-2) and sit third in the Atlantic Division. Catch all the action with Brian Rogers on 930 AM This is Newfoundland Labrador or on-line at www.stjohnsicecaps.com.