After reeling of 6-straight victories the St. John's IceCaps returned home for a Tuesday-Wednesday series against the Providence Bruins which saw them lose Tuesday night, but bounce right back in the win column with a shootout win on Wednesday.
Game One - Tuesday February 4th
The Bruins got on the board first Tuesday night with a goal from Matt Lindblad just 27-seconds into the second frame as he beat IceCaps netminder Michael Hutchinson for the 1-0 lead. The IceCaps would respond just over 4-minutes later on the powerplay as Adam Lowry beat Bruins netminder Malcolm Subban with his 10th of the season to tie it at 1.
Fast forward to just past the midway mark of the third where the IceCaps would surrender an unfortunate goal to the Bruins while on the powerplay as Craig Cunningham tallied his 18th of the season on a breakaway for the Bruins for the 2-1 lead. Anthony Camara would make it 3-1 Providence just over 4-minutes later.
The IceCaps would make one last push to tie it late as Ben Chiarot made It 3-2 with 3-minutes to go in the game, but that’s as close as they would get as Subban made 27 saves to preserve the win, meanwhile Hutchinson made 28 in a losing cause for St. John’s.
Game Two - Wednesday February 5th
On Wednesday night the IceCaps and Bruins were back in action from St. John’s but this time it was the home team that would come out on top as the IceCaps nailed down the victory in a 5-4 shootout win.
Once again, it was up to Adam Lowry to get the IceCaps on the board and tie this one up as he beat Subban before the end of the first period for a 1-1 score.
St. John’s then took their first lead of the series as Andrew Gordon tallied his 16th of the season by beating Subban on the powerplay to make it 2-1 St. John’s. The Bruins would respond though as Alexander Khokhlachev beat Pasquale to net the game up at 2.
A familiar face would then light the lamp for the IceCaps, as Paul Postma – who started the season in Winnipeg, and had been out with injury since October 26th with a blood clot in his leg – tallied his first of the season for a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.
In the third, the IceCaps relinquished a second short-handed goal in as many nights as Tyler Randall beat Pasquale for his 1st of the season to tie the game at 3-and send it to overtime.
The extra frame however would prove nothing as the two teams found themselves in a shootout.
After both shooters missed in the first round, Kael Mouillierat beat Subban for the 1-0 edge. The third and fourth round would again see all shooters stopped until IceCaps captain Jason Jaffray beat Subban in the fifth round for the win.
Eddie Pasquale stopped 30 of 33 shots in the game plus all 4-shooters in the shootout for the victory, Subban on the other hand turned away 29 of 32 shots, and 3 of 5 in the shootout for the loss.
The IceCaps will remain at home where they will play a 2-game series against the Worcester Sharks beginning on Saturday and wrapping up Sunday, meanwhile the Bruins will travel to Manchester to take on the Monarchs Saturday before heading home Sunday to face the Springfield Falcons.
Note: After being out since October with injury, Paul Postma’s conditioning stint with the IceCaps has been going great. Thus far, the Red Deer, Alberta native has notched a goal and 5-assists for 6 points in just 4 contests.