Monarchs crown IceCaps in 6-0 Mile One beatdown

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By Robin Short

Telegram Sports Editor

A day after posting a 4-1 victory over the Manchester Monarchs, the St. John’s IceCaps suffered their worst defeat of the season Saturday night with a humiliating 6-0 beatdown at the hands of the American Hockey League-leading Monarchs.

“If anyone can sleep tonight,” IceCaps captain Jason Jaffray said of his teammates, “they shouldn’t be in our dressing room, I’ll tell you that.”

If nothing else, the IceCaps are consistent at being inconsistent, as Saturday’s loss snapped a modest two-game St. John’s win streak.

But then again, the longest stretch of wins the IceCaps have strung together this season is three. Otherwise, it’s been pretty much a season of win a game, lose a game.

The IceCaps (20-16-1-2) are now 5-10-0-1 in the second game of back-to-back games, compared to their record of 10-4-1-1 in the first game of a two-games-in-two-nights series.

Tyler Toffoli scored a natural hat trick in the third period and added an assist for the Monarchs (26-11-2-4), while Jordan Weal had a goal and three assists. Vincent LoVerde and Andy Andreoff also scored for the winners, who received a 28-save performance from Jean-Francois Berube for his first shutout of the season.

“We left (Eddie) Pasquale out to dry,” Jaffray said of the IceCaps’ goalie, who stopped 28 shots. “He’s been our best player all year, and I feel embarrassed to leave him out to dry as bad as we did tonight.”

The Monarchs got a late goal by Weal with 57 seconds left in the first period for a 1-0 lead. However, St. John’s opened the second on a power play, although the IceCaps could do very little with the man advantage.

No problem. The IceCaps got another power play at 3:11 of the second, but instead of knotting the score, St. John’s allowed a shorthanded goal, their ninth on the year which ties the team with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the league lead in that department.

That one, by Andreoff, came at 4:49 and the game was, for all intents and purposes, over.

The teams have Sunday off before clewing up the three-game series 7:30 Monday night at Mile One.

 

rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: IceCaps, Monarchs, American Hockey League Bridgeport Sound Tigers

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  • Marshall Art
    January 19, 2014 - 11:56

    The problem with the IceCaps is that you never know which team is gonna show up , a team with lots of jump, crisp passing and physical play, or a bunch of pylons who leave a top notch goalie like Eddie Pasquale out to dry. The fans didn't boo Pasquale at any time because they knew his team didn't show up to play, as he always does.