The St. John’s IceCaps bounced back. After suffering back-to-back loses against Utica earlier in the week, the IceCaps were able to take three of a possible four points against the Albany Devils.
Saturday: St. John’s 4-2 Albany
The man replacing Mark Barberio at the AHL All-Star Game, Vojtech Mozik, opened the scoring just 18 seconds after the opening puck drop. A poor breakout pass by Brett Lernout led to Mozik’s slap shot beating Charlie Lindgren.
The IceCaps responded 10 minutes later. Jeremy Gregoire redirected Mark MacMillan’s pass to pick up his sixth goal of the season.
Higher quality goal gifs from tonight's IceCaps win over Albany, starting with Gregoire's 6th of the year pic.twitter.com/hXDxzq7rVM— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) January 22, 2017
Shortly after, St. John’s took the lead. Chris Terry extended his point streak to 10 games when he beat Ken Appleby with a short-handed goal.
Chris Terry scores a gorgeous goal shorthanded pic.twitter.com/EQ6cBrQZOA— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) January 22, 2017
The second period was all Devils, as the IceCaps could only produce three shots on goal in the period. Luckily, Lindgren was solid in turning aside several good scoring chances.
Late in the period, however, the Devils tied the game. Ryan Kujawinski’s third of the season sent the teams to the intermission tied at two goals apiece.
Although getting outshot in the third, the IceCaps found a way to get the win. Michael McCarron scored the winner with just over five minutes remaining, with Terry picking up an assist to bring his total to 18 points (7 G, 11 A) over his 10-game run.
Outstanding effort by Charles Hudon down low, and Michael McCarron stays hot with the game winning goal for the IceCaps pic.twitter.com/Lky0NdUE7k— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) January 22, 2017
Max Friberg sealed the victory with an empty-net goal; his eighth of the season.
ALB: Ken Appleby (L) 15/18
STJ: Charlie Lindgren (W) 26/28
- Chris Terry STJ
- Charlie Lindgren STJ
- Brian Gibbons ALB
Sunday: Albany 2-1 St. John’s
It was a goaltending duel at Mile One Centre on Sunday afternoon. Appleby was much better in the Albany goal than he had been on the previous night. Yann Danis was in goal for St. John’s to face his former team, and was his usual consistent self.
Jacob MacDonald opened the scoring for the visitors midway through the first period. His second goal of the season came on the power play.
For the second night in a row, the IceCaps responded quickly after conceding the opening goal. Charles Hudon’s 12th of the campaign tied things up at one.
Charles Hudon steals, and then snipes his twelfth goal of the year pic.twitter.com/lT040RW3T8— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) January 22, 2017
Both goaltenders shut the door through the second and third period, so it was off to overtime.
At the 1:18 mark, Nick Lappin’s cross-crease pass was tapped in by Joseph Blandisi, to give the Devils the win.
ALB: Ken Appleby (W) 21/22
STJ: Yann Danis (OTL) 30/32
- Joseph Blandisi ALB
- Yann Danis STJ
- Brett Lernout STJ
- Chris Terry did not pick up a point on Sunday, snapping his point streak at 10 games. The IceCaps franchise record is 12.
- Nikita Scherbak went another series without a point. The Russian winger has gone pointless in all six games since being sent down by Montreal.
- Rookie Daniel Audette has also been struggling of late. He has one goal and one assist over his last nine games.
The IceCaps wrap up their homestand this weekend, when the host the Toronto Marlies on Friday and Saturday night.