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Drop OT decision to Monarchs for sixth straight loss at Mile One

By Robin Short

Telegram Sports Editor

The slumping St. John’s IceCaps dropped their sixth straight game on home ice Saturday night in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Manchester Monarchs.

The Monarchs skated away from Mile One Centre with four points, after winning 3-2 Friday night, as well.

The IceCaps did manage to pick up a point Saturday by sending the game into overtime, but that’s little consolation to a team that’s dropped 12 of 18 games on home ice.

The IceCaps are now 15-19-1-1 and 10th in the American Hockey League’s 15-team Eastern Conference.

“Patience are wearing thin,” said coach Keith McCambridge. “I’m tired of watching and not getting results. We need to step on the gas here and squeeze as much as we can out of every single game, every single player.

“I’m not happy with not getting results here. It’s not good enough. I’m not going to be satisfied with being a mediocre team all season.”

Defenceman Slava Voynov’s goal at 3:01 of overtime sealed the victory for the Monarchs. Dave Meckler streaked down the ice and dropped the puck to a trailing Voynov, who beat Mark Dekanich for his seventh goal on the year.

Jordan Weal and Tanner Pearson also scored for the winners. Good news for IceCaps fans as Carl Klingberg snapped a 15-game goalscoring drought with a pair of tallies.

Just as they did Friday night, the IceCaps gave up an early goal Saturday when Weal scored on Manchester’s second shot on goal 3:42 in.

It remained 1-0 until Klingberg notched his sixth goal on the year at 11:37 of the second.

Pearson put Manchester ahead again at the 2:29 mark of the third period, but Klingberg batted a bouncing puck past former St. John’s goaltender Peter Mannino just under seven minutes later which forced overtime.

“Ultimately,” said IceCaps captain Jason Jaffray, “you can’t just come out every game and say, ‘Well, we tried our best and came up goal short.’ That seems like how it’s been the last 20 games, and it cannot continue.

“It’s to a point where talk is only talk. You have to bring it out on the ice.”

The IceCaps are off until next weekend when the Toronto Marlies, the first-place team in the Western Conference, visit Mile One Centre for games Friday and Saturday.

St. John’s might get some help in the former of Alexander Burmistrov, who was seen in the IceCaps’ locker room following Saturday’s game.

The locked-out Winnipeg Jet hasn’t played in 14 games since injuring his shoulder and has been in Winnipeg since then. He arrived in St. John’s Saturday.

Burmistrov has three goals and 13 points in 22 games.

 

rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: IceCaps, Monarchs, American Hockey League Toronto Marlies

Geographic location: Manchester, Winnipeg

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  • William
    January 07, 2013 - 07:48

    I'd say two for sure, Burmistrov and Redmond. The rest of them have not shown they deserve a shot at this point. Injuries have played a big part in the mediocrity this season. That and the fact that the league was better with every team having a number of NHL players on each roster. We really only had Burmistrov, so with the strike now over and a number of injuried players coming back they should........should, do well down the stretch. They still have more then 40 games to play and held in playing .500 hockey to this point. They still are capable of making the playoffs.

  • derek
    January 06, 2013 - 21:40

    Just not a very good team this year folks. Absolutely below average. Tickets should be easy to get (and cheap) now that people will be staying home to watch the NHL.

  • Whaddaya At ?
    January 06, 2013 - 20:13

    Not making excuses for the IceCaps, but, let's face it, they've been playing without several key players for quite some time. The IceCaps will get back on track when those players get back.

  • Jerome
    January 06, 2013 - 18:29

    Pretty discouraging now this late into the season. No matter how much support their fans give them and stick by them, it's too late. Not going to attend any more games this Winter; not worth the hassle of trying to get a parking space. Better luck next year, hopefully.

  • Robert P Tucker
    January 06, 2013 - 15:52

    Now that the NHL is back, how many of the Ice Caps will be recalled to Winnipeg ?