The St. John's IceCaps are up 1-0 after 20 minutes in Manchester where they are taking on the Monarchs, the farm team of the Los Angeles Kings, in AHL action.
Riley Holzapfel, with the IceCaps' first-ever power-play goal, had the only marker of the frame, redirecting a nice feed from Zach Redmond up and over Manchester (and former Canadian world junior) goalie Martin Jones. Holzapfel was standing on the lip of the crease as he finished off Redmond's point feed. Mark Flood picked up the other assist, making him, fior the time being, St. John's leading scorer. Flood scored the IceCaps' first goal in St. John's 4-1 win over the Providence Bruins Friday night.
Peter Mannino is in goal for St. John's and has been solid and unflustered, stopping all nine shots he's faced.
Shots are 9-8 in favour of the home side, who were awarded three power plays in the period (there is still 10 seconds remaining in a holding call against the IceCaps' Zach Redmond). Holzapfel's goal came on St. John's only power play
A couple of notes about the Monarchs: they feature three major junior scoring champions: Justine Azevedo (OHL and CHL), Brandon Kozun (WHL), and Linden Vey (WHL) ... Manchester defenceman Patrick Mullen is the son of former NHL scoring star Joe Mullen and Monarchs defenceman Jordan Nolan is the son of former Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan ... Finally, we can't sign off without mentioning the fact that Kilbride's Luke Adam had two goals and was the game's first star as the Buffalo Sabres doubled the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 in Berlin, Germany on Saturday. Adam scored the goals in a 2:20 span in the second period, giving him four points in two games -- he had two assists as the Sabres defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 in Helsinki on Friday