Although outshooting their opponent 40-19, the St. John’s IceCaps blew two two-goal leads and dropped a 6-4 decision to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Wednesday night at Mile One Centre in St. John”s. It was the IceCaps fourth loss in a row, all of them coming during their current home stand.
The IceCaps took a 2-0 lead by the midpoint of the first period on goals by Max Friberg (his first as a member of the IceCaps) and Mark MacMillan but the Penguins came back to tie the game before the end of the period. Morgan Ellis scored late in the first and Bud Holloway scored in the 15th minute of the second period to the Icecaps a 4-2 lead only to have Wilkes-Barre score two goals in less than a minute and a half to again tie the game.
When goaltender Zach Fucale gave up two more goals early in the third period, he was pulled by St. John’s head coach Sylvain Lefebvre in favour of Eddie Pasquale. Fucale let in six goals on only 16 shots including 4 goals on five shots over an 8:06 span just before he was pulled.
Scoring goals for the Penguins were Dominik Uher, Conner Sheary, Matia Marcantuoni, Kael Mouillierat, Scott Wilson and Josh Archibald.
Shots on goal were 40-19 in St. John’s favour.
….The IceCaps homestand continues with back to back games Saturday and Sunday against the AHL-leading Toronto Marlies. Their record is now 16-13-8. Since their Christmas break St. John’s has a 1-5-1 record.
….Along with his goal, Bud Holloway recorded an assist. He now has 33 points in 35 games (10g, 23a)
….Michael McCarron recorded one assist only his second point in the seven games since he was returned to the IceCaps after a brief stint with the Canadiens. McCarron is still second on the IceCaps with 26 points (13g, 13a). He has dropped to fifth among AHL rookie scorers.
….Sylvain Lefebvre made some lineup adjustments. He moved Michael Bournival up on the line with McCarron and Holloway and dropped Charles Hudon down to play with Gabriel Dumont and German rookie Markus Eisenschmid.
….Friberg, who also had an assist in the game, was playing in his third game with the IceCaps after being acquired from Anaheim in return for goaltender Dustin Tokarski.
…..With a goal and assist Morgan Ellis is now tied with Mark Barberio for the lead among St. John’s defensemen with 20 points (7g 13a). He also leads the IceCaps with a plus-8 rating.
….Prior to their four goals Wednesday night the IceCaps had been limited to three or fewer goals in eight their last nine game and had scored one in each of their last three.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6 at St. John’s IceCaps 4
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – Mile One Centre
W-B/Scranton 2 2 2 – 6
St. John’s 3 1 0 – 4
St. John’s, Friberg 6 (de la Rose, Lessio), 1:00.
2, St. John’s, MacMillan 4 (Dumont, Hudon), 9:44.
3, W-B/Scranton, Uher 5 (Kostopoulos, Pouliot), 11:00.
4, W-B/Scranton, Sheary 7 (Mouillierat, Wilson), 11:25.
5, St. John’s, Ellis 7 (Holloway, Friberg), 18:25 (PP).
Penalties-Uher Wbs (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:32; Hudon Stj (interference), 7:34; Mouillierat Wbs (slashing), 17:26; Sestito Wbs (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:51; McCarron Stj (tripping), 17:53.
6, St. John’s, Holloway 10 (Ellis, McCarron), 14:42 (PP).
7, W-B/Scranton, Marcantuoni 2 (Oleksy, Pouliot), 16:41.
8, W-B/Scranton, Mouillierat 7 (Wilson, Sheary), 18:00 (PP).
Penalties-Oleksy Wbs (tripping), 13:48; Friberg Stj (hooking), 17:17.
9, W-B/Scranton, Wilson 19 (Sheary, Pouliot), 1:20 (PP).
10, W-B/Scranton, Archibald 4 (O’Neill, Seymour), 4:47.
Penalties-Hudon Stj (high-sticking), 1:00; O’Neill Wbs (interference), 13:02; Archibald Wbs (boarding), 16:14.
Shots on Goal-W-B/Scranton 7-7-5-19. St. John’s 17-10-13-40.
Power Play Opportunities-W-B/Scranton 2 / 4; St. John’s 2 / 6.
Goalies-W-B/Scranton, Jarry 10-1-0 (40 shots-36 saves). St. John’s, Fucale 8-8-1 (16 shots-10 saves); Pasquale 5-2-0 (3 shots-3 saves).
Referees-Michael Mullen (18), Garrett Rank (48).
Linesmen-Sheldon Keough (63), Joe Maynard (24).
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