Another low-scoring, tight game… but this time the BEARS end up on the short end.
Derek Meech’s power play goal at the end of a tremendous BEARS penalty kill early in the second period was enough to keep visiting St. John’s ahead of HERSHEY for good, as the IceCaps skated to a 2-1 win on Saturday night at GIANT Center.
It’s always nice to see rookies stand out in a game, but in my opinion, cousins Barry Almeida and T.J. Syner stood out among the rest of the team. Almeida had a scoring chance off of the opening faceoff that Mark Dekanich had difficulty stopping. He waited patiently for his next good opportunity, and cashed in after getting himself open at the net front late in the second period for the tying goal. He scored his first two professional goals that same way: getting himself positioned at the top of the opponent’s goal crease.
Syner, meanwhile, probably should have two or three goals already this season. He hit the right goal post in Wilkes-Barre on Friday night; he was denied on a shorthanded breakaway by a slash from Meech (penalty shot, anyone??); and used his speed to assist linemates Mathieu Beaudoin and Zach Hamill be the best of the four forward lines against the IceCaps.
Dany Sabourin had an admirable game in net, after backing up Braden Holtby for the past three contests. “The Great Sabou” sure was great early on, turning aside three power play shots from the IceCaps after the BEARS went out and grabbed a 4-0 shot advantage early. He had to deal with lively pucks coming off the back wall in periods one and three, making two nice glove saves in the process.
Game box score is right here. See you tomorrow for Joel Rechlicz’s return with the Portland Pirates, and an early thanks to our Veterans for all you do.