IceCaps melt under stormy adverse conditions
St. John’s falls 4-3 in overtime to Springfield
Nick Holden’s goal at 2:18 of the extra period gave the Springfield Falcons a 4-3 win over the St. John’s IceCaps Saturday night in AHL action in stormy Massachusetts.
Holden’s shot from the right face off circle beat David Aebischer for the game winner in the fourth period, after the IceCaps tied the game in the last minute of play.
With a storm in the area that threatened to bring 30 centimetres of snow, the Mass Mutual Center was virtually empty Saturday. Attendance at the game was recorded as just 2,431.
Jason Jaffray was the IceCaps hero on the night, gaining third star efforts from two goals and one assist, that coming on Paul Postma’s game-tying goal with just 1:22 remaining in the third period to send the game into overtime.
Cam Atkinson opened the scoring on a power play goal in the opening frame. Just nine seconds after Jaffray was sent off for interference, Atkinson pounced on a rebound in front to make the score 1-0 Springfield.
Less than two minutes later, Jaffray made up for his penalty when he scored at 9:54 to even the game 1-1. Andrew Joudrey made the score 2-1 when he put the puck in off defenceman Brett Festerling at 13:51 of the opening frame. That’s the way the scored stayed through the opening 20 minutes, with St. John’s outshooting Springfield 9-7.
As has been custom this year, the IceCaps played a solid middle frame, outshooting the Falcons 18-10 in a scoreless period. Unfortunately for the IceCaps, they couldn’t solve Danny Taylor in the Falcons crease.
Jaffray’s second goal of the evening, a rebound goal buried high into an open net at 8:26 of the period, pulled the IceCaps even at 2-2 in the final period. However, with just 3:33 remaining in the game, Nick Drazenovic scored to put Springfield ahead 3-2.
But with just 38 seconds remaining in the contest, Paul Postma took a beautiful feed from Jaffray to tie the score at three and send the game into overtime. Despite controlling the play and outshooting the opposition – which the IceCaps have done often this season – it was Springfield which recorded the winner on Holden’s goal.
Again, the IceCaps outshot their opposition, 41-25, but failed to record the win. However the one point picked up in the overtime loss still leaves the IceCaps atop the Atlantic Division with 12 points after nine games.
The IceCaps return to action Sunday afternoon when they head to Providence for their second visit to the Bruins home. It was Oct. 7 when the IceCaps made their AHL debut with a 4-1 win.
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