IceCaps edge Sharks in overtime
Photos by Emalee Russell
Postma gets game winner with 12 seconds remaining
Paul Postma snapped a shot past Harry Sateri to give the St. John’s IceCaps a 3-2 overtime victory over the Worcester Sharks Saturday night at the DCU Center.
Postma, in just his second game of the season, took a pass from Jason King at the top of the faceoff circle and fired a shot past Sateri for the game winner. King had done yeoman’s work digging for the puck before getting it to Postma. Jason Jaffray was also awarded an assist on the game-winner.
The IceCaps looked like they would suffer the same fate as Friday, when they were shutout by Portland. Saturday, the club fired 32 shots at Sateri, and saw a 1-0 lead evaporate in a bad second period, before getting the clincher with just 12 seconds remaining in the extra frame.
Maxime Macenauer broke the IceCaps shutout streak at 140 minutes and 43 seconds with his third goal of the season to put the IceCaps up 1-0 in the opening period. Playing with John Albert and Ray Sawada – who is seeing his first action of the season – Macenauer buried a loose puck at the side of the net to give the IceCaps a 1-0 lead at 9:10.
The goal by Macenauer was the first for St. John’s since Eric O’Dell’s game winner last Saturday against the Norfolk Admirals.
Taylor Doherty scored a goal at 6:14 of the second period for Worcester. Doherty skated past the IceCaps defence, to the right faceoff circle, and fired a wrist shot that eluded Dekanich on the block side to pull the Sharks equal at one goal apiece.
Curt Gogol appeared put the Sharks ahead 2-1 at 8:36 of the second period, taking a nice cross-crease pass from Travis Oleksuk. However, Gogal didn’t get credit for that marker, as James Livingston, the third member of that line, was announced as the goal scorer.
Albert brought the IceCaps even with just six seconds remaining in the middle frame. Sawada picked up a pass from Redmond behind the Sharks net and attempted a wraparound. The puck came loose to Albert in the crease, and his backhander found its way behind Sateri at 19:54.
After a scoreless third period, in which Worcester outshot St. John’s 7-6, nothing was decided, forcing overtime, and Postma’s heroics.
Albert was named the game’s third star, while Postma picked up second star honours.
The IceCaps continue their five-game road trip Sunday when they travel to Providence to face the Bruins. Listen to all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers live at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador or watch online at www.ahllive.com. Puck drop is set for 4:30 p.m. with the pregame show hitting the airwaves at 4:00 (all times Newfoundland).