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.
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.