Despite a late third period rally, the St. John’s IceCaps were unable to overcome a second period collapse as the team fell 5-4 at the hands of the Toronto Marlies Sunday evening in Toronto.
After twenty minutes of play, neither team managed to strike first in the game, as the two clubs headed to the dressing room 0-0, St. John’s lead in the shot department 10-7.
Kenny Ryan got things started for the Marlies in the second period as he fired a puck past IceCaps netminder Mark Dekanich for the 1-0 lead. Just over 4-minutes later, the Marlies would strike once again as Will Acton netted his 7th of the season for a two-goal lead.
Defencemen Jake Gardiner would tally his 10th of the season for Toronto as he sent a Tim Connolly pass behind Dekanich at the 11:10 mark of the period on the powerplay. Jerry D’Amigo would then add to the goal flurry 5-minutes later as the Marlies lead 4-0.
Kael Mouillierat would finally manage to get St. John’s on the board with over a minute remaining in the second as he broke in short-handed to beat Marlies netminder Mark Owuya to cut the lead to 4-1.
But, before the period was over, Carter Ashton managed to regain the 4-goal lead as he tallied his 11th of the season with just 37-seconds remaining in the period.
In the third, Ben Maxwell would cut the lead to 5-2 as he snapped a shot from the top of the circle, beating Owuya for the goal at 11:49. The IceCaps would find life late in the game as Joe Colborne headed to the box for the Marlies. St. John’s would indeed capitalize on the powerplay as Patrice Cormier redirected a Mouillierat shot past Owuya.
The IceCaps would then elect to pull Dekanich in favour of the extra attacker, and it would pay off as Spencer Machacek would score with 9-seconds remaining to cut the lead to 5-4. But, that would be as close as the IceCaps would get as the final buzzer sounded with the Marlies winning by one.
Mark Dekanich allowed 5 goals on just 22 shots in the loss, while Owuya let in 4 goals on 40 shots in the win for the Marlies.
The IceCaps continue their 6-game road trip with a game against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Marlies enjoy a 2-day break as they will host the Rochester Americans Wednesday evening.