IceCaps turn tables on Bulldogs Posted by jac on
It was a reversal of fortunes for the St. John’s IceCaps Saturday night at Mile One Centre.
A day after being blanked by the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-0, the IceCaps stormed out of the gates and set the tone early en route to a resounding 6-2 victory, their first at home in franchise history.
The IceCaps scored in the first four minutes of all three periods and were all over the Bulldogs from the opening faceoff to the final horn. Winger Carl Klingberg recorded a hat trick – the first in team history – and Newfoundland native Jason King had a goal and an assist.
St. John’s got off to a blazing start in the first period, sustaining plenty of pressure in the Bulldogs zone. The hard work paid off at the 3:24 mark when a trailing Klingberg buried a rebound past Bulldogs netminder Nathan Lawson. Having been shutout Friday night, St. John’s fans got to celebrate Klingberg’s goal – the first in IceCaps history in their home building.
Klingberg notched his second of the night and third of the season when he redirected a Patrice Cormier pass on a shorthanded rush early in the second period. Riley Holzapfel converted a rebound midway through the period to make it 3-1 for the home side before Hamilton’s Dany Masse scored his second in two nights on a beautiful backhand to close the gap to one.
IceCaps fans got a treat just 1:51 into the third period when Corner Brook native and fan favourite Jason King scored his first goal of the season. The goal gave the IceCaps a 4-2 lead and seemed to spark the home crowd. Klingberg’s third of the night with just under five minutes remaining and Marco Rosa’s first of the season just minutes later sealed the victory for St. John’s.
St. John’s once again fed Lawson with a healthy heaping of rubber. After facing 40 shots in Friday’s contest, Lawson saw 41 more pucks Saturday night. For the IceCaps, Peter Mannino stopped 20 of 22 shots in the victory.
The win moves the IceCaps to 3-1-0-0 on the season. The IceCaps next game action comes next weekend, October 21 and 22 against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Catch all the action with Brian Rogers on 930 AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador or online at www.stjohnsicecaps.com.