Monarchs down IceCaps 4-1
Scoring struggles continue as IceCaps go 0-6 on the power play
Special teams play was the story in Manchester Wednesday night, as the hometown Monarchs downed the struggling St. John’s IceCaps 4-1 in AHL action at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
Brandon Kozun scored twice with the man advantage and Manchester scored three goals on the power play in getting the win. St. John’s couldn’t solve former teammate Peter Mannino in the Monarchs net until very late in the contest. Mannino stopped 25 of 26 shots in picking up the win in his first start of the season.
For St. John’s, it was another frustrating night, as the offence sputtered, going 0-6 with the man advantage, including a 5-on-3 in the second period. Alex Burmistrov scored the IceCaps only marker, redirecting a Paul Postma shot at 18:46 of the final frame. That goal kept St. John’s from being shut out for the third time in four games on this road trip.
The first period certainly didn’t start the way the IceCaps wanted. Three penalties in 1:06 led to two Monarch goals in five-on-three play during the opening period. A too many men on the ice penalty at 11:07 sent Ivan Telegin to the box first. Just 18 seconds later, Burmistrov gets sent off for boarding. Then, at 12:13, the IceCaps get called for delay of game when they tried to ice the puck but instead it went out of play. A mere 10 seconds later, Slava Voynov’s slapshot from just inside the blueline eluded Dekanich. Voynov played give and go with a teammate before moving to the centre of the zone, and firing home his third goal of the season.
The teams headed to the dressing room with Manchester holding both a 2-0 lead in goal and an 11-2 shots lead.
The second period started out on a positive note for the IceCaps, as they has some early energy and were buzzing around the Monarchs’ net. However, Mannino stood his ground and kept his former teammates off the scoreboard. Special teams were again the story of the period, except this time it was Manchester taking the penalties, giving St. John’s plenty of opportunites to score.
A double-minor to Jake Muzzin opened the door for a four-minute IceCaps power play. The IceCaps had a two-man advantage when captain Marc-Andre Cliché took a tripping penalty. However, the IceCaps scoreless streak continued, despite St. John’s outshooting Manchester 11-9 in the middle frame.
The momentum returned to Manchester late in the period when Zach Redmond was given a five-minute elbowing penalty, and Kozun scored his second goal of the night at 18:22.
Despite outshooting Manchester 13-10 in the third, the IceCaps could only muster the Burmistrov marker, and fell short in this contest, dropping their record to 5-7 on the season.
The team’s five-game road trip concludes Saturday night when the Hershey Bears host St. John’s at the Giant Center. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers on 930AM This is Newfoundland Labrador or online at www.stjohnsicecaps.com. Drop of the puck is 8:30 NL time, with the pre-game show starting 30 minutes earlier.