IceCaps exact revenge on Marlies
Photo: Graig Abel Photography
Remain unbeaten on the road in regulation
Toronto, ON – A week after being swept in two games at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, the St. John’s IceCaps exacted a measure of a revenge against the Toronto Marlies.
The IceCaps scored three times on the power play to defeat the Marlies 4-2 Sunday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum to continue their success away from home this season.
Marco Rosa, who was in on all three power play goals, scored once and added two assists to lead the team to victory.
Rosa assisted on Kenndal McArdle’s first goal as an IceCap at 19:32 of the first period (with Nazem Kadri in the penalty box for hooking), as well as Jason King’s team-leading ninth goal, 13:52 into the second period.
The game was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play. Toronto opened the scoring just 56 seconds into the game when Darryl Boyce converted a Mike Zigomanis feed and scored past David Aebischer, who was making his second straight start between the pipes.
Aebischer wasn’t tested much in the early part of the game, as the Marlies put just eight shots on net through the first 40 minutes. But the Swiss native was solid enough to pick up the win, his second on the short road trip. After not seeing game action since Nov. 6 at Bridgeport – a game in which he was pulled after allowing three goals on 13 shots – Aebischer has now recorded back-to-back wins, stopping a combined 41-of-43 shots on the Southern Ontario road swing.
St. John’s dominated the second period, outshooting the Marlies 17-4 in the middle stanza. King’s marker was the only goal of the period.
Toronto, which was playing its third game in three days, looked flat during that frame, but rebounded to start strong in the third. At the 5:08 mark of the period, Kelsey Wilson’s backhander found its way past Aebischer to tie the score. But it was all IceCaps after that.
John Albert scored the eventual winner at 12:44 of the third, when he flipped the puck over the shoulder of Ben Scrivens in the Marlies net. Scrivens, in his first game action since being reassigned to the Marlies by the Toronto Maple Leafs, was solid throughout the game, facing 39 shots overall.
Rosa closed out the scoring at 19:13 with his goal, putting the game on ice and earning him first star honours. Rosa currently has a four-game point streak and has recorded eight points (2g, 6a) over that span. The three-point effort gives Rosa 22 points on the season, good for first on the team.
The IceCaps return home still without a regulation time loss on the road this season, improving their road mark to 8-0-2-0 and recording at least a point in all 10 games away from home. St. John’s now plays four straight at Mile One Centre, with the Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) in town Dec. 6-7. That series will kick-start the Celebrate the Holidays with the IceCaps promotion, with a trip for two to Winnipeg to see the Jets available as a prize at that game.
Tuesday and Wednesday will also be reverse jersey nights for the IceCaps, who get to wear their road blues at home for the first time since the exhibition game in October.
Dec. 9 and 11 the club will play the Worcester Sharks (San Jose) in their final home games prior to the Christmas break.
Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers online at www.stjohnsicecaps.com or on 930 AM This is Newfoundland Labrador. The pre-game show starts 30 minutes prior to the drop of the puck, set for 7:30 p.m.
Game Photos (Graig Abel Photography)