AHL hockey returned to St. John’s this past weekend with overall good results from the blue and white as the St. John’s Ice Caps split a 2-game series with the Adirondack Phantoms at one game apiece.
Friday night featured a buzzing Mile One Center as 6287-fans were estatic to see the IceCaps play for the first time since May when the club was swept in 4-games by the eventual AHL champion Norfolk Admirals.
The team did not let fans down as Maxime Macenauer got the home side on the board at the 11-minute mark of the period for the one-to-nothing lead. In the second, Andrew Johnston drew the Phantoms even with his first goal of the season as the two clubs headed to second intermission tied at 1.
In the third, Travis Ramsey put the St. John’s IceCaps back in the lead as he took a pass from Ben Maxwell and beat Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe to put St. John’s up 2-1. Eddie Pasquale would shut the door from there on out, making 32-saves in the victory for St. John’s.
On Saturday night, the Adirondack Phantoms would overcome adversity and erase an early 2-0 deficit for a 4-3 victory in a thrilling game between the two clubs.
John Albert got things started for the IceCaps early as he made his way to the front of the net off a faceoff and shoveled the puck home for a 1-0 lead.
The Phantoms had an opportunity to tie it early in the second as Garrett Roe was rewarded a facebook off after he was hauled down on a scoring opportunity. Unfortunately, for the Phantoms, Eddie Pasquale made the save off his right leg to preserve the one-goal lead.
Moments after the penalty shot attempt, St. John’s added to its lead as Ivan Telegin scored his first professional hockey goal for the 2-0 lead.
After the 2-0 hole, Adirondack come out firing as Brandon Manning cut the lead to just one goal just over a minute later. Shane Harper then drew the Phantoms even as scored his first of the season 27-seconds later sending the two clubs tied at 2-heading into the final twenty minutes of the game.
NHLer Brayden Schenn added to the Phantoms lead as he took a shot that seemed to catch Pasquale off guard for the 4-2 lead just over a minute later.
Zach Redmond scored his second goal of the season with 4-minutes remaining in the game to draw the IceCaps within one. But, just like the Adirondack the night before, St. John’s could not tie the game as the team suffered a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Phantoms.
Eddie Pasquale made 28-saves in the loss while Scott Munroe made 31-saves for the Phantoms in the win.
Overall a good weekend for the St. John’s IceCaps, despite squandering a 2-goal lead on Saturday evening. Eddie Pasquale showed signs that he is ready for the starting goaltending position which he battled for last
season. As for the club, they appear to be gelling quite nicely, and its only time before crowd-pleaser Alex Burmistrov pots one as he had 9-shots on goal the weekend for the IceCaps.
The IceCaps will now host the Portland Pirates on Tuesday and Wednesday evening for back-to-back games starting at 7:30 Newfoundland time.