Rochester left wing Jerry D’Amigo took advantage of a Darren Dietz giveaway to score with 1:02 remaining in regulation time to break a 1-1 tie and with an empty net goal the Americans skated away with a 3-1 over the IceCaps in St. John’s Friday night.
The IceCaps took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jacob de la Rose in a first period in which they outshot the Americans 22-4. The Americans’ Phil Varone tied the game up in the second period paving the way for D’Amigo’s game winner and an empty net goal from Colby Robak.
Shots on goal favoured the IceCaps 39-27. 6’5” Nathan Lieuwen, a 2011 6th round Buffalo Sabres draft choice was in goal for Rochester. Zach Fucale drew the start for the IceCaps. (Game summary and updated IceCaps scoring statistics below)
The two teams will meet again Saturday night at Mile One Centre in St. John’s.
….The IceCaps held their annual Teddy Bear Toss between the first and second periods. More than 3,000 stuffed toys were collected by the Salvation Army and will be delivered to Newfoundland/Labrador children in need.
….This was the IceCaps first home loss in regulation time after 11 games. Their home record is now 6-1-4.
….The IceCaps were with out four of their top seven scorers. Christian Thomas, Charles Hudon, Daniel Carr and Seven Andrighetto along with goaltender Dustin Tokarski are now up with the injury plagued Canadiens. As a result, for the seventh consecutive game coach Sylvain Lefebvre was forced to go with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen.
…..First game of the season for left wing Michael Bournival, who cleared waivers and was sent to St. John’s last week. Bournival hadn’t played in game since March 13th with the Canadiens due to a concussion and it’s aftermath. Bournival played on a line with rookie Michael McCarron and Bud Holloway.
….Jacob de la Rose came back after missing eleven games with an injury to score the IceCaps only goal. He centred a line with Brandon McNally and team captain Gabriel Dumont.
….Dumont led both teams with seven shots on goal and drew first assist on the de la Rose goal. He now has ten points in his last ten games (3g, 7a).
….Canadiens 2014 first round draft choice Nikita Scherbak remains on the injury list. Neither he, nor rookie defenseman Ryan Johnston who underwent back surgery during training camp is expected to be available until mid January.
Rochester Americans 3 at St. John’s IceCaps 1
Friday, December 11, 2015 – Mile One Centre
Rochester 0 1 2 – 3
St. John’s 1 0 0 – 1
1, St. John’s, de la Rose 1 (Dumont, Dietz), 16:06.
Penalties-Nevins Rch (goaltender interference), 4:43; Sanguinetti Rch (holding), 4:58; Robak Rch (holding), 8:52; McCarron Stj (cross-checking), 9:57; McCarron Stj (roughing), 12:29; Kaleta Rch (fighting), 14:27; Didier Stj (fighting), 14:27; Leduc Rch (cross-checking), 17:07.
2, Rochester, Varone 9 (Sanguinetti, Bailey), 9:19 (PP).
Penalties-Didier Stj (hooking), 7:49; Ellis Stj (closing hand on puck), 13:05.
3, Rochester, D’Amigo 4 (Dupuy, Akeson), 18:58.
4, Rochester, Robak 4 19:32 (EN).
Penalties-Robak Rch (hooking), 11:32; Fournier Stj (goaltender interference), 16:16; Leduc Rch (interference), 19:47.
Shots on Goal-Rochester 4-15-9-28. St. John’s 22-11-6-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Rochester 1 / 5; St. John’s 0 / 6.
Goalies-Rochester, Lieuwen 6-4-0 (39 shots-38 saves). St. John’s, Fucale 7-3-1 (27 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Tim Mayer (19).
Linesmen-Sheldon Keough (63), Joe Maynard (24).
Updated St. John’s Season Scoring Statistics
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