IceCaps win inaugural game
Flood records historic first marker for new St. John’s team.
Mark Flood scored the first goal in the St. John’s IceCaps’ history to help propel the newest American Hockey League team to victory in its inaugural game Friday night, a 4-1 win over the Providence Bruins.
Flood’s slapshot from the blueline beat Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin at 1:15 of the first period to start the scoring. It also made Flood the answer to a trivia question years from now, when people ask who scored the first IceCaps’ goal.
Maxime Sauve’s goal three minutes later left teams tied 1-1 entering the second period. From there it was all IceCaps, as the Winnipeg Jets primary affiliate got goals from defenceman Paul Postma, Carl Klingberg and newly-appointed team captain Jason Jaffray, on a short-handed effort early in the third period.
Goaltender David Aebischer, a Switzerland native attempting an NHL comeback and assigned to the IceCaps Thursday afternoon from Winnipeg, was named first star for his 21-save effort. The 33-year-old wasn’t tested too often in the final 40 minutes, stopping just 11 shots.
The IceCaps have a chance to open their season with back-to-back wins, when they travel to Manchester, New Hampshire, for a game against the Monarchs Saturday night.
All the action can be heard on 930 AM This is NewfoundlandLabrador with broadcaster Brian Rogers and colour analyst Brendan McCarthy of The Telegram. The puck drop is 8:30 NL time.
St. John’s plays its home opener Friday, Oct. 14 against the Hamilton Bulldogs at Mile One Centre. Tickets for that game, and all IceCaps in October, November and December, go on sale at Mile One box office Saturday, Oct. 8 at noon.