The St. John’s IceCaps survived another third period blitz by the Rochester Americans to skate away with a 5-3 win Friday night at Rochester. The victory ended a three game St. John’s losing streak and kept their very faint playoff hopes alive.
Max Friberg scored early in the third period to give St. John’s a 5-1 lead but the Americans answered by peppering goaltender Eddie Pasquale with 28 third period shots as Dan Catanacci and Eric O’Dell narrowed the score to 5-3. The game concluded with the IceCaps John Scott serving a delay-of-game penalty and the Rochester goaltender pulled for the extra attacker.
On Wednesday night at Rochester the IceCaps went into the third period leading 5-1 and gave up five goals while being outshot 20-6. Shots on goal in the third period of this game were 28-9 and overall shots-on-goal favoured Rochester 46-32.
Brandon McNally scored twice for St. John’s with the other goals going to Charles Hudon and Morgan Ellis.
The other Rochester goal was scored by Jack Nevins.
….This was the fifth game of the IceCaps seven game road trip. They will conclude it with games Saturday afternoon and Tuesday night against the Marlies in Toronto.
….With eight games remaining the IceCaps have 67 points (29-28-11). In order to reach the playoffs they need to get past the Florida Panthers affiliate, the Portland Maine Pirates who have 75 points and three games in hand.
….The goal for Hudon was his fifth in the last three games and team-leading 25th of the season. His previous high was 19 in last year’s rookie season at Hamilton. He has 58 points, one more than last season’s total.
….Rookie Brandon McNally scored twice, giving him 4 goals, 2 assists over his last ten games. The Canadiens signed him to a one year AHL free agent contract last May after four years at Dartmouth College.
….With two assists in this game rookie Mark MacMillan has five in his last five games. MacMillan is a Canadiens 4th round draft pick in 2010 who played four years at the University of North Dakota.
….Because of injuries and callups, John Scott was forced to play defense for the third consecutive game. More on Scott here.
….Centre Cory Ward recorded his second assist in his third professional game. The Las Vegas-born Ward signed a 25 game Amateur Tryout Contract earlier in the week after completing four years with NCAA Bemidji State University. He centred a line with Hudon and Nikita Scherbak.
St. John’s IceCaps 5 at Rochester Americans 3 – Status: Final
Friday, March 25, 2016 – Blue Cross Arena
St. John’s 1 3 1 – 5
Rochester 1 0 2 – 3
1, Rochester, Nevins 4 (Guptill, Kaleta), 2:30.
2, St. John’s, Hudon 25 (Scherbak), 4:50.
Penalties-Dumont Stj (interference), 7:25; Dumont Stj (high-sticking), 9:47; Hudon Stj (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:47; Nevins Rch (slashing), 9:47; Austin Rch (interference), 15:16; Austin Rch (roughing), 19:44.
3, St. John’s, McNally 6 (MacMillan, Gregoire), 8:30.
4, St. John’s, Ellis 14 (Friberg, Ward), 9:17.
5, St. John’s, McNally 7 (MacMillan, Lernout), 19:46.
Penalties-Scott Stj (high-sticking), 1:25; Scott Stj (hooking), 5:08; Bailey Rch (slashing), 6:02; Kaleta Rch (checking to the head), 12:53.
6, St. John’s, Friberg 12 (Dumont, Holloway), 0:25.
7, Rochester, Catenacci 12 (Rodrigues, D’Amigo), 7:49.
8, Rochester, O’Dell 23 (Bailey, Schneider), 8:21.
Penalties-Scott Stj (delay of game), 18:09.
Shots on Goal-St. John’s 10-13-9-32. Rochester 13-5-28-46.
Power Play Opportunities-St. John’s 0 / 4; Rochester 0 / 5.
Goalies-St. John’s, Pasquale 11-9-0 (46 shots-43 saves). Rochester, Ullmark 10-11-0 (24 shots-19 saves); Makarov 7-7-1 (8 shots-8 saves).
Referees-Garrett Rank (48), Michael Mullen (18).
Linesmen-Donald Jablonski (38), Tim Kotyra (53).
UPDATED ICECAPS SEASON SCORING STATISTICS
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