Sound Tigers bite IceCaps in overtime
The first overtime game in IceCaps history didn’t end the way fans at Mile One Centre wanted it to.
Jeremy Colliton scored the winner with 2:16 remaining in the extra frame to give the Bridgeport Sound Tigers a 4-3 comeback victory over the St. John’s IceCaps. The captain banged one past IceCaps goaltender Peter Mannino to seal the win and pick up the two points for the visitors.
For a time in the third period, the IceCaps looked to have things under control. After a goal by Riley Holzapfel on a 2-on-0 rush to snap a 2-2 tie early in the third, St. John’s was able to control the play for the majority of the period. However, with just less than three minutes left, centre David Ullstrom scored on a scramble in front of the net to knot things up and ultimately send the game to overtime. Ullstrom’s goal came a minute after Mannino stoned Tomas Marcinko on a breakaway to preserve the lead for St. John’s.
Corner Brook native Jason King and rookie Jason Gregoire scored for the IceCaps, with both goals coming in the first period. King’s goal was his second in as many games, while Gregoire’s was the first of his professional hockey career.
Both goaltenders played solid, if unspectacular, games Friday night. Mannino stopped 26 of 30 shots while Sound Tigers goalie Anders Nilsson turned aside 30 of 33 IceCaps chances, including a brilliant save on Patrice Cormier in the first period after a nifty setup by Kevin Clark.
Meanwhile, Sound Tigers forward Justin DiBenedetto maintained his torrid pace, netting two more goals to bring his season total to seven in six games. With the two markers, DiBenedetto leapfrogged Syracuse Crunch forward Kyle Palmieri for the AHL goal scoring lead.
The St. John’s powerplay continued to sputter, going 0-for-5. In the last three games, the IceCaps’ powerplay unit has gone a combined 0-for-20. The Sound Tigers converted on one of four chances.
Another trend to start the season has been the IceCaps willingness to throw pucks at the net, except, it seems, on the powerplay. After outshooting the Sound Tigers 33-30, St. John’s has now recorded more shots than the opposition in each of its five games this season.
The loss drops the IceCaps to 3-1-1-0 (seven points) on the year, while the Sound Tigers improve to 3-3-0-0 (six points). The two teams meet again Saturday night at Mile One Centre, with the puck drop scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fans can catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers on 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador or online at www.stjohnsicecaps.com. Pregame show begins at 7:00 p.m.