Peter Mannino records shutout for IceCaps
St. John’s blanks Manchester 1-0; starts season 2-0 on road
Goaltending was the story of the weekend as the St. John’s IceCaps won their first two games in the American Hockey League.
Peter Mannino recorded the shutout and was named the game’s first star as the IceCaps blanked the Manchester Monarchs 1-0 in New Hampshire Saturday night. One night after David Aebischer had a first-star performance in a 4-1 win over Providence, Mannino stopped all 23 shots he faced in his first start of the year.
The 27-year-old kept the Monarchs scoreless on five power play opportunities.
Riley Holzapfel scored the only goal of the game. That came with the IceCaps on a first period power play. Holzapfel took a nice feed from Zach Redmond to open and close the scoring. (Mark Flood, who scored the club’s first goal in history on Friday night, recorded the other assist.)
The IceCaps went one-for-two on the power play, but got solid defensive performances in keeping the Monarchs off the board for three periods.
St. John’s finished its mini road trip with two wins and now returns to the capital city of Newfoundland to prepare for its home opener Friday, Oct. 14 against the Hamilton Bulldogs at Mile One Centre.
Meanwhile back at home, hundreds of season ticket holders picked up their booklets Saturday at the Holiday Inn. Season ticket holders who were unable to get to the hotel to pick up their tickets can do so by visiting Mile One box office as of Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Listen to all the IceCaps action on 930 AM This is Newfoundland Labrador with broadcaster Brian Rogers.