It’s funny how one unfortunate event can change the outcome of a game of hockey. For the St. John’s IceCaps this was true Friday night as a broken stick ultimately led to a 4-3 overtime loss for the club in the their season opener against the Providence Bruins.

The Bruins struck first in the game as Providence forward Matt Fraser sent a backhanded puck over IceCaps goaltender Eddie Pasquale off a scramble in front of the net for the 1-0 lead.

Providence would add to this lead in the second period as forward Nick Johnson took a pass from Ryan Spooner and beat Pasquale in front for the 2-0 tally headed into the second intermission.

The IceCaps would finally get on the board and cut the lead in half at the 9:18 mark of the third period as Adam Lowry beat Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg for a 2-1 game.

Jared Knight would put the Bruins ahead by two once again just over three minutes later on the powerplay to extend the lead to 3-1.

With just over two minutes remaining in the game, and down by two goals, the IceCaps offence ignited as J.C. Lipon tipped home a pass from IceCaps captain Jason Jaffray to trim the lead to 3-2. Just over a minute later with the goaltender pulled Eric O’Dell sent a one-timed shot past Svedberg to tie the game at 3, and send it to overtime.  St. John’s outshot the Bruins 18-6 in the third period.

In Overtime, St. John’s appeared to finally be setting up a play when defencemen Will O’Neill had his stick explode at the point – cracking in half, and allowing Bruin’s forward Johnson to break in all alone on Pasquale and pick up the game winner.

Despite the loss, St. John’s outshot the Bruins 43-30 in the game, however Providence outshot St. John’s 4-0 in the overtime period.

Game two between the two clubs goes tomorrow night in St. John’s beginning at 7:30 Newfoundland time.



Adam Reid

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