Zachary Fucale kept his perfect start to the season alive, leading the IceCaps to a 5-4 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The game also saw rookie Nikita Sherbak score his first professional goal.
At 1:39 of the first, after a save by Fucale, Christian Thomas sprung Daniel Carr on a breakaway. The sophomore forward went forehand, backhand and made no mistake, putting the home team up by one.
Just a few minutes later, with Michael McCarron in the box for the IceCaps, Bracken Kearns tied the game with a power play goal. The teams exchanged goals later in the period (Thomas for the IceCaps, Scott Mayfield for the Tigers) to tie things at two.
Then it was time for Bud Holloway to extend his point streak. After receiving a cross-ice pass from Mark Barberio, Holloway made a beautiful pass to Charles Hudon who finished the play. The assist gave Holloway points in five straight and put the Caps up 3-2 heading into the intermission.
In the second period, the game opened up for the IceCaps. Scherbak, who went goalless through the first six games of the season, got the monkey off his back. The young Russian's shot from the top of the circle beat the Sound Tigers' goaltender Stephon Williams through the five-hole.
Then with just under five minutes left in the period, the Holloway show continued as he set up Charles Hudon, who buried his second into the back of the net.
In the third, Taylor Beck and Joe Whitney scored for Bridgeport, to bring the visitors within one. The Sound Tigers pressed hard for a tying goal, but the young Fucale was able to hold on to secure the win.
The IceCaps win gives them nine of a possible ten points so far during their home-stand.
Saturday's game featured 20 penalties. Matt Carkner of Bridgeport had 17 PIMS alone.
The second game of the series goes Sunday, at 4:00 PM NL time from Mile One.
STJ - Zach Fucale stopped 29 of 33 shots
BRI - Stephon Williams 14 of 19, Christopher Gibson 7 of 7
- Charles Hudon
- Joe Whitney
- Bud Holloway