The Binghamton Senators took advantage a depleted St. John’s lineup to defeat the Icecaps 4-1 Saturday night at Binghamton. It was the Senators second win over St. John’s in 24 hours and and their fifth in six meetings between the clubs this season.
The Senators limited the IceCaps to only nine shots on goal through the first two periods while running up a 3-0 lead.on goals by Casey Bailey, Eric O’Dell and Fredrik Claesson.
St. John’s made a belated comeback bid in the third period, pouring 19 shots on Senators goaltender Chris Driedger but only IceCaps defenseman Morgan Ellis was able to beat Senators goaltender Chris Driedger. Bringhamton’s Buddy Robinson completed the scoring with an empty net goal.
Final shots on goal were 28-24 in favour of St. John’s. Eddie Pasquale was in the IceCaps nets. (Game summary below)
The IceCaps continue their six game road trip on Wednesday in Albany New York against the New Jersey affiliate.
….Because of Friday’s injury to Charles Hudon, Nikita Scherbak, who had played nine consecutive games at centre, was moved to left wing on the IceCaps top line with Michael McCarron and Bud Holloway.
…..The IceCaps went into the game with ten regulars unavailable, all forwards. Four of them, Sven Andrighetto, Lucas Lessio, Jacob de la Rose and Daniel Carr are on recall to the parent Canadiens. At various times this season the Canadiens have recalled ten different members of the IceCaps.
….The injury list includes their top scorer Charles Hudon along with Michael Bournival, team captain Gabriel Dumont, Jeremy Gregoire, Markus Eisenschmid, and Connor Crisp who has not played since the first month of the season.
….The IceCaps have three ECHL forwards on their roster on professional tryout contracts. All of them were in the lineup against Binghamton – RW Evan Rankin (Toledo ECHL); Alexandre (Norfolk); Shayne Bakker (Wheeling).
….Thursday the Canadiens/IceCaps assigned defenseman Mac Bennett to Brampton ECHL.
….The IceCaps have had 42 players on their roster at various times this season.
….IceCaps highlight of the game was this diving empty net save by Bud Holloway in the final minute.
St. John’s IceCaps 1 at Binghamton Senators 4
Saturday, February 20, 2016 – Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena
St. John’s 0 0 1 – 1
Binghamton 1 2 1 – 4
1, Binghamton, Bailey 6 (O’Dell), 16:51.
Penalties-Lepine Bng (boarding), 8:05; Lepine Bng (roughing), 13:04; Dietz Stj (fighting), 17:05; Ewanyk Bng (fighting), 17:05.
2, Binghamton, O’Dell 18 (Schneider, Kostka), 7:07 (PP).
3, Binghamton, Claesson 3 (McCormick, Hobbs), 12:01.
Penalties-Bartley Stj (holding), 6:21; Rankin Stj (high-sticking), 8:30; Bakker Stj (roughing, roughing), 12:12; Lepine Bng (roughing, roughing), 12:12; Didier Stj (boarding), 12:38; McCarron Stj (fighting), 15:04; Robinson Bng (fighting), 15:04.
4, St. John’s, Ellis 12 (MacMillan, McNally), 10:35.
5, Binghamton, Robinson 11 (Rupert), 19:12 (EN).
Penalties-served by Stortini Bng (bench minor – too many men), 2:08; Scott Stj (roughing), 4:15; Allen Bng (boarding), 11:19.
Shots on Goal-St. John’s 4-5-19-28. Binghamton 8-9-7-24.
Power Play Opportunities-St. John’s 0 / 4; Binghamton 1 / 4.
Goalies-St. John’s, Pasquale 6-6-0 (23 shots-20 saves). Binghamton, Driedger 14-12-0 (28 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Andrew Thackaberry (4).
Linesmen-John Everett (82), Jud Ritter (34).