St. John's falls 3-2 to Syracuse Crunch
The St. John’s IceCaps got bitten by an old bugaboo in a 3-2 loss to the Syracuse Crunch in American Hockey League action Wednesday night in upstate New York..
The winning goal came with 2:32 remaining in the game when Crunch defenceman Artem Sergeev scored what is the 14th shorthanded marker surrendered by the IceCaps this season.
St. John's IceCaps
Only one other AHL team — the Adirondack Phantoms — have given up more shorthanded goals in 2013-14.
St. John’s (41-21-4), which led 2-0 after the opening period, saw its winning streak halted at four games.
John Albert and Ben Chiarot had the goals for the IceCaps, who finish off a six-game road trip on the weekend with games against the Binghamton Senators Friday and Hershey Bears Saturday.
Captain Mike Angelidis and Brett Connolly had the other goals for Syracuse (26-29-10), the farm team of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tyler Beskorowany made 31 saves for St. John’s, while Kristers Gudlevskis, who sparkled for Latvia in a loss to Canada at the Sochi Olympics, had 26 stops for Syracuse.
St. John’s was scoreless in five power-play chances, including a four-minute opportunity that resulted from a four-minute high-sticking minor to the Crunch’s Dmitry Korobov just past the 14-minute mark of the third period. But instead of producing a game-winning goal for St. John’s, all that was generated was Sergeev’s decisive shorthanded tally for the home side.
Notes: Defenceman Kris Fredheim played his first game for St. John’s since being injured more than eight weeks ago ... Despite the closeness of the score, all three of the Molson Canadian game stars were from Syracuse: 1. Artem Sergeev 2. Vladislav Namestnikov 3. Mike Angelidis ... Brian Rogers' choice as the Mary Browns hardest-working IceCap: Ben Chiarot ...