IceCaps can't hold third-period lead for a second straight game

Brendan McCarthy
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Fall 2-1 to Senators in Binghamton

Entering this week, the St. John’s IceCaps had played 34 games this season in which they had led after 40 minutes, and had lost just one of those contests in regulation time.
Now, they’ve dropped two in a row in such fashion.


The Binghamton Senators turned the trick Friday night, scoring twice in the third period to down the visiting IceCaps 2-1.

The result came two nights after the Syracuse Crunch came up with two third-period tallies in a 3-2 American Hockey League win over St. John’s.

Friday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, N.Y., Shane Prince scored the game-winner for the Senators at 10:51 of the final frame. It came about three-and-a-half minutes after Matt Puempel scored the home side’s first goal on a power play that resulted from a double minor for high-sticking tagged on St. John’s forward Jerome Samson.

Jason Jaffray scored the lone goal for the IceCaps (41-22-4), who have lost back-to-back games for the first time in six weeks.

Stephane Da Costa assisted on both goals for the Senators (39-21-5), who maintain first place in the AHL’s East Division with the victory.

The game featured some great goaltending, with first star Andrew Hammond of Binghamton registering 40 saves and third star Tyler Beskorowany of St. John’s making 38 stops.

The IceCaps are 3-2-0 through the first five games of a six-game road trip that winds up tonight (8:30 p.m.) in Hershey, Pa., where they take on the Bears.



St. John’s is now 32-3-1 in games in which it has led after 40 minutes ... Centre Patrice Cormier was returned to the IceCaps by the Winnipeg Jets Friday, but not in time for him to play against Binghamton. However, he’s expected to be available for tonight’s game in Hershey. With Corrmier coming back, St. John’s released forward Jamie MacQueen from his professional try-out contract on Friday ... Players travelling with St. John’s who did not play Friday were defenceman Cody Lampl and forwards Ryan Schnell and Colton Beck ... For a second game in a row, the IceCaps lost the special teams battle, giving up Puempel’s power-play markerr while going zero-for-two in their own man-advantage situations. In Wednesday’s loss to Syracuse, St. John’s was unsuccessful in five power-play chances while giving up a power-play and shorthanded marker, the latter being the game-winner for the Crunch ... Friday’s Molson Canadian three stars: 1. Hammond, Bing; 2. Puempel, Bing. 3. Beskorowany, SJs ... The Mary Brown’s hardest-working IceCap: Blair Riley ...


Organizations: IceCaps, American Hockey League, Patrice Cormier Winnipeg Jets Molson

Geographic location: Binghamton, Binghamton, N.Y., Hershey Syracuse

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