IceCaps tame Sound Tigers
St. John’s takes three points from Bridgeport in weekend series
Saturday nights have been kind to the St. John’s IceCaps so far this season.
The IceCaps won their third straight contest on a Saturday night with a 4-3 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Mile One Centre.
Carl Klingberg continued his impressive start to the season with a pair of goals while Marco Rosa netted the eventual game winner to split the two game series with Bridgeport. Goaltender David Aebischer bounced back from a loss last weekend with a solid effort, stopping 28 of 31 shots overall.
After a slow start to the game, Klingberg opened the scoring at 11:48 of the first period, banking the puck off a Sound Tigers defender and past goaltender Kevin Poulin. Tyler McNeely tied it up with his first goal of the season 2:15 into the second period, but the IceCaps took the lead once again on Klingberg’s second of the game, and team-leading sixth of the season, at the 7:10 mark.
Less than three minutes later, Jason Jaffray fired the puck home on a beautiful cross-ice feed from Zach Redmond. Rosa’s goal at 13:16 would spell the end for Poulin, who was replaced by Mikko Koskinen between the pipes. That seemed to spark the Sound Tigers, as defenceman Matt Donovan, returning from a one-game suspension, blasted a shot past Aebischer to make it 4-2 as time ran out in the second period. With the IceCaps down a man and just 1.5 seconds remaining in the frame, Donovan slapped the puck home after Jeremy Colliton cleanly won the faceoff, beating the clock by less than half a second.
The third period saw the IceCaps generate plenty of chances but they were unable to solve the 6-foot-6 Koskinen, who made several key saves to keep Bridgeport in the game. David Ullstrom scored his second in as many nights on a wrist shot from the faceoff circle with 3:13 to play in the third, but that was as close as the Sound Tigers got.
Jason DeSantis, making his first appearance on the IceCaps blueline this season, played a strong game on the back end, contributing with two assists, earning third star honours for his first game. Winger Jason Gregoire also added two assists for the home side. Klingberg’s two goals moved him ahead of Norfolk’s Carter Ashton for the league lead with six.
The win extended the IceCaps point streak to three games – thanks to an overtime loss on Friday in which they received one point – and gives them a three-point lead over Providence and Manchester in the Atlantic Division standings.
Next up for St. John’s is the Portland Pirates, who visit Mile One for a two game set on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25th and 26th. Catch all the action with Brian Rogers on 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador or online at www.stjohnsicecaps.com. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. with the pregame show hitting the airwaves at 7:00.