Michael McCarron scored an unassisted power play goal with just under 2 ½ minutes remaining in regulation time to tie the game at 2-2 and then scored the game winner in the fifth round of the shootout as the St. John’s IceCaps opened their six game road trip with a 3-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch Wednesday.
Twice the IceCaps were forced to come from behnd in the game. After Andrew Walcott had given the Crunch a 1-0 lead in the game’s second minute, NHL All-Star hero John Scott tied it up on a power play goal at 4:31 of the opening period. Anthony De Angelo restored the lead before the midpoint of the period.
From that point on, IceCaps rookie goaltender Zach Fucale took over tiving his teammates a chance to come back and then stopping six shots in the overtime period and all five shooters in the shootout. Final shots on goal were 32-28 in favour of the IceCaps.
…..This was Fucale’s fourth straight win during which he has given up six goals. Three of the wins have come against Syracuse including his first professional shutout February 9th. He has stopped 134 of the last 140 shots he’s faced for a 1.46GAA and .957 save percentage.
….The goal for John Scott is his first of the year in 18 professional games, 11 with the Arizona Coyotes and seven with St. John’s.
….Among those missing from the IceCaps lineup due to injury are forwards Gabriel Dumont, Markus Eisenschmid, Michael Bournival, Jeremy Gregoire and Connor Crisp plus defenseman Mac Bennett. On recall to the Canadiens are defenseman Mark Barberio plus forwards Daniel Carr (injured), Sven Andrighetto and Jacob de la Rose.
….Thursday morning the IceCaps announced the signing of right wing Evan Rankin to a professional tryout contract (PTO). He will join the team on Friday in Binghamton from the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL where he 14 points in 15 games after starting the season with AHL Lehigh Valley.
St. John’s IceCaps 3 (SO) at Syracuse Crunch 2
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – Onondaga County War Memorial Arena
St. John’s 1 0 1 0 – 3
Syracuse 2 0 0 0 – 2
1, Syracuse, Walcott 2 (Taormina, Blunden), 1:43.
2, St. John’s, Scott 1 (MacMillan, Bartley), 4:31 (PP).
3, Syracuse, DeAngelo 5 (Richard, Gourde), 8:19.
Penalties-Bakker Stj (fighting), 1:45; Hart Syr (fighting), 1:45; Erne Syr (slashing), 2:51; Mormina Syr (high-sticking, high-sticking), 14:50; Ellis Stj (tripping), 17:19.
Penalties-Richard Syr (boarding), 2:03; Lernout Stj (fighting), 10:17; Angelidis Syr (fighting), 10:17; Didier Stj (interference), 15:42; DeAngelo Syr (hooking), 17:50.
4, St. John’s, McCarron 15 17:26 (PP).
Penalties-Dodero Syr (slashing), 0:38; Bozon Stj (interference), 5:16; Erne Syr (hooking), 17:06.
Penalties-Richard Syr (boarding), 0:42; Scherbak Stj (hooking), 2:32.
Shootout – St. John’s 1 (Hudon NG, Holloway NG, Scherbak NG, Friberg NG, McCarron G), Syracuse 0 (Richard NG, DeAngelo NG, Tambellini NG, Blunden NG, Gourde NG).
Shots on Goal-St. John’s 15-8-8-0-1-32. Syracuse 7-9-7-6-0-29.
Power Play Opportunities-St. John’s 2 / 8; Syracuse 0 / 4.
Goalies-St. John’s, Fucale 14-11-1 (29 shots-27 saves). Syracuse, Gudlevskis 8-9-1 (31 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Furman South (55), Peter MacDougall (57).
Linesmen-Francois Dussureault (60), Andy Petrus (26).
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