It was a wild and wacky one at Mile One Centre Friday night
By Robin Short
Telegram Sports Editor
If you wanted a textbook hockey game on display, Mile One Centre was not the place to be Friday night.
If you wanted bang for your entertainment buck, however, you got it in an American Hockey League tilt between the St. John’s IceCaps and Springfield Falcons.
The two Calder Cup playoff-bound teams played last-goal-wins in downtown St. John’s, with the Falcons emerging with an 8-7 victory on Sean Collins’s goal at 2:50 of overtime.
It was a wild and wacky one between these two Eastern Conference foes, a game that saw St. John’s trail 5-1 after the first period, one that saw 18-year-old junior Eric Comrie come off the bench and keep St. John’s in the game, another comeback by the never-say-die IceCaps.
John Albert scored the go-ahead goal for the IceCaps at 6:25 of the third period, one-timing a Jason Jaffray pass from the high slot for his 21st on the year for a 7-6 St. John’s lead.
But wouldn’t you know it, given the kooky goings on in this tilt, Jack Skille forced OT with 17 seconds left in regulation time, setting the stage for Collins in the extra session.
Skille had the hot hand for the Falcons, who came into Friday’s game second overall in the East, with four goals. Carter Camper, Matt Taormina and Cody Bass joined Collins with single tallies.
Patrice Cormier paced the IceCaps with a pair of goals and an assist. Kyle MacKinnon, Andrew Gordon, Carl Klingberg and Jerome Samson also scored for St. John’s. Jaffray collected three helpers.
Goals and the result aside, another big storyline emerging Friday was the play of Comrie, who along with fellow junior Josh Morrissey arrived in St. John’s this week after their Western Hockey League seasons ended.
Tyler Beskorowany got the start for the IceCaps, but let in three goals on eight shots, paving the way for Comrie, the Winnipeg Jets’ second pick in the 2013 Draft, 59th overall out of the Tri-City Americans.
Comrie finished the night with 36 saves.
The win improved the Falcons to 44-20-1-5, while the IceCaps, fourth place in the East, are now 41-22-2-4.
The teams go at it again 7:30 tonight.