IceCaps fall to Phantoms
IceCaps’ modest winning streak halted at two games after 3-2 loss
The St. John’s IceCaps saw their two-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Adirondack Phantoms Wednesday night at Glens Falls Civic Center.
Adirondack opened the scoring on a power play at 6:25 of the first on a goal by Brandon Manning after Derek Meech took an interference penalty. Manning took a shot from the point that went through the legs of a screened Pasquale to put the home side up 1-0.
With no further scoring in the first, St. John’s tied things up on the power play at 7:18 of the second period. During a delayed penalty call that would have resulted in a 5-on-3 man advantage, St. John’s controlled the puck and converted. Mouillierat found Meech by the right faceoff circle, who sent a pass cross-ice to a wide-open Machacek, who one-timed his seventh past Munroe to knot the score at one.
The Phantoms retook the lead a few minutes later on a beautiful goal by Eric Wellwood. Wellwood took a nice pass from Jeff Dimmen in stride and burst in over the IceCaps blueline on the right side before making a nice move to cut to the net and lift a wrist shot past Pasquale on the short side for a 2-1 Adirondack lead.
However, the IceCaps battled back once again and evened the score late in the frame. Just after a penalty to Mouillierat expired, Jason Jaffray took a shot from the left circle and was denied by Munroe but Zach Redmond jumped up into the play and found the loose puck, shovelling it home to tie the score at two apiece.
Adirondack forged ahead at 5:16 of the third on a broken play that was finished off by Schenn. Dean Arsene gloved a puck down but was unable to corral it and Schenn took control, skating over the IceCaps blueline and rifling a wrist shot over Pasquale’s shoulder to give his team a 3-2 advantage.
St. John’s continues its five-game pre-Christmas road trip Friday in Hamilton for their third matchup with the Bulldogs this season.
Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at stjohnsicecaps.com and 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador. Friday’s game can be seen live on Sportsnet (all regions) as well as online at ahllive.com. Puck drop is set for 9:00 p.m. with the pregame show getting underway at 8:30 (all times Newfoundland).
F Spencer Machacek has scored a goal in three straight games… F Kael Mouillierat and D Derek Meech extended their assist streaks to three games… St. John’s went 1-for-4 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill… The IceCaps are now 1-5 in Wednesday games this season.