Rookie goaltender Zach Fucale sent Christian Thomas away on a two-on-one breakaway at 2:57 of overtime and Thomas scored to give the IceCaps a 3-2 win over the Toronto Marlies Friday night at St. John’s. The assist on the Thomas’ goal capped a big night for Fucale who stopped 36 of 38 shots. Fucale was started five of the last six games for St. John’s.
The IceCaps took a 2-0 lead into the third period on goals by Charles Hudon and Darren Dietz but the Marlies came back with goals from Casey Bailey and Mark Arcobello to force the overtime.
The final shots on goal were 38-29 in favour of the Marlies. (Game summary and IceCaps season scoring stats below)
The win leaves the St. John’s with an 8-5-2 record through fifteen games. The Marlies, hold down first place in the AHL’s North Divison, are now 10-3-1.
The game was played in front of mostly pro-Toronto sellout crowd of 6,287. The teams will meet again Saturday night at Mile One Centre.
….This was the first of twelve meetings between the IceCaps and Marlies this season. This was the start of a four game St. John’s home stand.
….St. John’s has yet to suffer a home loss in regulation time this season – (5-0-2).
….Fucale has a record of 6-2-0 and 2.93GAA with a .912 save percentage through his first eight career professional decisions.
….Bud Holloway assisted on the goal by Hudon giving him 16 points on the season, second in the AHL scoring race. Holloway recorded seven shots on goal in the game.
….The IceCaps finished the game with ten forwards. RW Nikita Scherbak left the game in the first period following an open ice check from the Marlies defenseman Viktor Loov. He came back briefly in the second period but failed to finish the game. This was his first game since suffering an injury Oct. 25th against Bridgeport. He missed five games.
….LW Markus Eisenschmid also was hurt in the second period and did not return.
….Also out with injuries – C Jacob de la Rose after crashing heavily into the boards during Saturday’s game at Hershey. He joins LW Connor Crisp and D Ryan Johnston. Johnston’s injury is long-term after undergoing back surgery at training camp in Montreal.
….The IceCaps sent LW Tim Bozon to Brampton of the ECHL on Thursday. Bozon suffered a shoulder separation in the IceCaps first exhibition game October first and was finally cleared to play earlier in the week.
….Earlier in the week D Greg Pateryn was recalled by the Canadiens after a conditioning stint. He did not record a point and was minus-3 in three IceCaps games.
IceCaps Lines & Pairings vs. Toronto
11-Daniel Carr 25-Michael McCarron 21-Bud Holloway
10-Charles Hudon 40-Gabriel Dumont 27-Sven Andrighetto
17-Nikita Scherbak 38-Marcus Eisenschmid 19-Christian Thomas
24-Brandon McNally 37-Jeremy Gregoire 22-Stefan Fournier
8-Mark Barberio 4-Morgan Ellis
9-Mac Bennett 7-Darren Dietz
15-Joel Hanley 14-Brett Lernout
Toronto Marlies 2 at St. John’s IceCaps 3 (OT)
Friday, November 13, 2015 – Mile One Centre
Toronto 0 0 2 0 – 2
St. John’s 0 1 1 1 – 3
Penalties-Clune Tor (fighting), 7:51; Fournier Stj (fighting), 7:51; Arcobello Tor (high-sticking), 8:08; Carrick Tor (roughing), 15:33; Gregoire Stj (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:33.
1, St. John’s, Hudon 5 (Holloway), 16:39.
Penalties-Hudon Stj (tripping), 12:11; Gregoire Stj (tripping), 13:05.
2, St. John’s, Dietz 3 (Ellis, McCarron), 7:08 (PP).
3, Toronto, Bailey 2 (Arcobello, Holl), 8:47.
4, Toronto, Arcobello 4 (Holl, Nylander), 11:17 (PP).
Penalties-Leipsic Tor (hooking), 5:36; Thomas Stj (tripping), 10:59.
5, St. John’s, Thomas 6 (Fucale), 2:57.
Shots on Goal-Toronto 8-16-13-1-38. St. John’s 6-7-14-2-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Toronto 1 / 3; St. John’s 1 / 2.
Goalies-Toronto, Sparks 5-2-0 (29 shots-26 saves). St. John’s, Fucale 6-2-0 (38 shots-36 saves).
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45), Manuel Nikolic (93).
Linesmen-Darryl Butt (70), Joe Maynard (24).
IceCaps Season Scoring Statistics
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