The IceCaps hosted the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night in the first game of a back-to-back series. Coming off four straight home losses, the IceCaps, bolstered by the return of Sven Andrighetto and Daniel Carr from Montreal, plus Nikita Scherbak and Ryan Johnston from injury, looked to end their disastrous start to 2016.
But Saturday's game didn't get off to the best of starts. Marlies forward Brendan Leipsic opened the scoring on the first shot of the game. Ten minutes later, Ryan Rupert added to Toronto's lead, putting the visitors up two early.
That two-goal lead would be short lived. Bud Holloway pulled one back for the home team, after a huge hit by Michael McCarron turned the puck over. Carr picked it up and made a great pass to Holloway, who put it home with a one-timer. 48 seconds later, Charles Hudon came busting down the wing, firing a shot low glove side on Antoine Bibeau, tying the game at two.
Four minutes into the third, Brett Findlay scored his first of the season for the Marlies, putting the game out of reach. Carr scored again shortly thereafter, his ninth of the season, but that was as close as the comeback would come.
TOR: Antoine Bibeau - 33 saves
STJ: Eddie Pasquale - 4 saves, Zachary Fucale 11 saves
1. Brendan Leipsic
2. TJ Brennan
3. Daniel Carr