Three-game win streak comes to halt

Robin Short & John Browne
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St. John’s Icecaps overcome shaky start rallying to make game close in 5-4 loss to Portland Pirates

From a St. John’s IceCaps standpoint, there are two ways to view last night’s American Hockey League tilt with the Portland Pirates.

The eternal optimist will recall how the IceCaps rebounded from a 5-2 deficit to score two goals in the opening five minutes of the third period and make a game of it. The pessimist will point out the IceCaps got off to a dreadful start, allowing two Portland goals in the opening 10 minutes. After rebounding with a pair of goals of their own, St. John’s then watched as Portland banged in three straight pucks past Eddie Pasquale. Whatever, the final result read 5-4 Portland Tuesday at Mile One Centre, snapping a modest three-game home ice win streak for the IceCaps, who fell to 17-14-1-2. Tobias Rieder, Brett Hextall, Lucas Lessio, Mathieu Brisebois and Mark Louis scored for the Pirates, who rebounded from a 3-1 loss to St. John’s Sunday evening. Scoring for the IceCaps were J.C. Lipon, Will O’Neill, John Albert and Kael Mouillierat. “For sure,” said Lipon, the best IceCap on the night, “we definitely weren’t ready to play. Not everyone was engaged. Instead, we were sitting back thinking it would be a breeze. “As much as we made a push in the third period, anyone can make a push when they’re sitting back.” After Hextall and Rieder gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead 10 minutes into the first period, chasing Jussi Olkinoura from the net after the rookie allowed two goals on eight shots, Lipon cut the gap to one goal, finding a way to beat Portland goalie Louis Dominique with just under two minutes left in the opening 20 minutes. Then, after O’Neill knotted the score 2-2 5:45 into the second period, the Pirates’ Chris Summers picked up a double minor giving the IceCaps a five-on-four man advantage for four minutes. Rather than turn the tables on Portland, St. John’s barely managed a scoring chance and the Pirates followed up by pumping in three straight goals, two of those coming on the power play, for a lead the IceCaps could not overcome,. “That was critical,” Lipon said of the four-minute power play which fizzled. “It was 2-2 at that point and we had momentum. “Then, we go out and take penalties. We have to be more disciplined than that.” Albert and Mouillierat scored in the opening five minutes of the final period of play, giving the IceCaps and big Mile One crowd — officially listed as a 6,287 sellout — the spark they needed. But St. John’s was unable to solve Dominque for the tying goal. The Pirates goalie was the story of the game, stopping 30 of 34 shots to improve to 5-0-1 on the year. More impressive was the fact Dominque turned aside four breakaways — two by Jerome Samson and one each by Ryan Schnell and Carl Klingberg — and a penalty shot to boot by Samson. Pasquale finished the night with 21 saves. The teams go at it again 7:30 p.m. tonight in Game 3 of the three-game series.

Pirates 5, IceCaps 4

First Period 1. Portland, Hextall 6 (Martinook) 8:03. 2. Portland, Rieder 10 (McMillan) 10:08. 3. St. John's, Lipon 6 (Lowry, Kichton) 18:27. Penalties — Schnell StJ (elbowing) 2:35, Schnell StJ (roughing) 12:27, Summers Por (hooking) 16:00, Cormier StJ (roughing) 19:57.

Second Period 4. St. John's, O'Neill 4 (Mouillierat, Fredheim) 5:55 (pp). 5. Portland, Lessio 9 (Todd) 12:45 (pp). 6. Portland, Brisebois 1 (Jones, Rieder) 13:46 (pp). 7. Portland, Louis 1 (McMillan, Jones) 16:13. Penalties — Brisebois Por (high-sticking) 5:45, Summers Por (cross-checking) 6:28, Summers Por (unsportsmanlike conduct) 6:28, Szwarz Por (fighting) 10:42, Fredheim StJ (fighting) 10:42, Schnell StJ (delay of game) 11:20, Chiarot StJ (hooking) 12:00.

Third Period 8. St. John's, Albert 4 (Jaffray, Gordon) 2:54. 9. St. John's, Mouillierat 8 (Samson, Kichton) 4:42 (pp). Penalties — Trivino Por (holding) 3:32, Dziurzynski Por (delay of game) 6:17, Riley StJ (delay of game) 6:17, Martinook Por (boarding) 13:38, Kichton StJ (hooking) 14:49, Lessio Por (hooking) 19:34.

Shots on goal by:

Portland 13 14 5 — 32

St. John’s 13 12 9 — 34

Goal — Portland: Domingue (W, 5-0-0); St. John’s: Pasquale (L,13-11-0). Power plays (goal-chances) — Portland: 2-6; St. John’s: 2-7. Referees — Jamie Koharski, David Banfield. Linesmen — Sheldon Keough, Joe Maynard. Attendance — 6,287 at St. John’s.

Organizations: Icecaps

Geographic location: Portland, St. John's

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  • SayWhat
    January 07, 2014 - 13:33

    To Bob..Bruce Wayne I am not. Sorry to disappoint you. All I have noticed from you is the typical Newfoundland retort when you can't refute an argument and that is to try to brow beat and insult someone.

  • SayWhat
    January 07, 2014 - 12:24

    To Bob..This is at l.east twice, I have noticed this paper route reference. I know its suppose to be an insult but I don't get it. I have no connection to this newspaper whatsoever. You don't know me, earlier this season, someone at this newspaper thought they knew my identity and did he ever get it wrong.

    • Bob
      January 07, 2014 - 13:08

      Wow!! your some clever you are! Are you Batman??

  • SayWhat
    January 07, 2014 - 09:31

    I want be the first to say a big thank you to the St.John's Ice Caps. Last night marked the 50th time in their brief history the Ice Caps failed to win a regular season home game. All the time and effort from so many people to put such a mediocre to poor entertainment product on the ice should not go unnoticed. With just 61 regular season games left at Mile One before the owners move this team may all those involved continue to strive forward and present the best mediocre to poor value for the St.John's entertainment dollar.

    • Bob
      January 07, 2014 - 11:48

      I see your done your paper route early again today!