The IceCaps wrapped up the season matchup against the Binghamton Senators with a series-split.
After beating the Senators 4-2 on Tuesday night, it looked like the IceCaps finally found the missing piece of the puzzle to solve the Senators. But on Wednesday, they lost it again.
The IceCaps came out with fire in their bellies, and worked hard for a much needed win on Tuesday against the Senators, getting themselves two points closer to the playoffs. But last night, there was barely a flicker.
After Eddie Pasquale held down the fort during the previous contest, it was Zach Fucale's turn. His first save was a desperate one when a puck hit his shoulder and almost popped over and into the net.
Morgan Ellis' cross-checking penalty and a tiny scrum in front of Fucale was the most excitement we saw during the first period.
At 1:21 in the second period, Andrew Yogan opened the scoring with a slick wraparound, notching his fourth of the season and giving him a four-game point streak. Brett Lernout and John Scott picked up the helpers making it a two-game point streak for Scott. The fourth line looked pretty sharp during this series.
Not long after, Fucale's crease was crowded but while he was scrambling to grab the puck, the loose puck managed to slip past him to tie the game. It seemed as if neither of these teams were very hungry for the points. For half the of period it looked like they were running drills. Ten players skate up the ice. Ten players skate down the ice. Sticks were falling onto the ice left, right and center as if the players had holes in their hands.
Things started to get a little chippy with one second left in the period when Brendan McNally was on the losing end of a war with Mark Fraser. Both headed to the third with five for fighting.
During a power-play, the IceCaps finally looked alive and kept the pressure on, creating some good scoring chances but just couldn't find the back of the net. Though they came out with a little extra fight in the final frame, it wasn't enough for the win. The Senators put the final nail in the coffin with an empty-netter to make it 4-1.
If the IceCaps can bring the focus back like they had the previous night, the opportunity for a playoff spot might still be in the cards, but they're going to have to dig deep and battle harder than they did last night.
The Hershey Bears are in town this weekend, the top team in the Atlantic Division with 78 points. The IceCaps need a strong game plan for the Bears. The last matchup between the two was on November 7th, with the IceCaps grabbing the 4-3 shootout victory.