They’ve been here before. They can only hope for a similar result.
Back in late November, the St. John’s IceCaps were finishing up a road trip with a couple of games in upstate New York.
In the first contest, they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Syracuse Crunch. It was a game that saw the Crunch score two goals, including an empty-netter, in the last five minutes of the third.
It was a game the IceCaps felt they should have won.
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But the next night in Binghamton against the Senators, St. John’s showed resiliency, battling back all game long and finally getting a tying goal from Carl Klingberg in the last minute of regulation and with an extra attacker on the ice, then eventually prevailing in a shootout.
Wednesday night in Syracuse, the IceCaps saw their four-game winning streak ended when the Crunch overcame a 2-0 lead to register a 3-2 win, this time getting the winning goal late in the third while shorthanded.
Add it to the list of games the IceCaps felt they should have won.
St. John’s gets a chance to once again show it’s bounce-back ability tonight in Binghamton as they take on the Senators (8:35 p.m. start NT). It’s the fifth game of a six-game road trip that finishes up Saturday night in Hershey against the Bears.
Despite Wednesday’s setback, the IceCaps remain one of the league’s hottest teams down the stretch, having won 13 of their last 15 games. And a lot of that has to do with their road record. St. John’s has 21 away victories, tied for the league lead with the Texas Stars.
Notes: As of Thursday, there was no official announcement from the Winnipeg Jets, but the Jets are expected to assign defenceman and 2013 first-round draft pick Josh Morrissey to the IceCaps now that Morrissey’s Prince Albert Raiders were swept in the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs. Morrissey, who turns 19 today, was named a WHL Eastern Conference first-team all-star last week and is the conference’s nominee as the WHL’s top defenceman …