Charles Hudon scored twice for the St. John’s IceCaps as they were topped 5-3 by the Toronto Marlies on Friday night at Mile One Centre.
Toronto kicked off the scoring with back-to-back first period markers from Steve Oleksy and Brendan Leipsic before the IceCaps’ Hudon potted his first of the evening on the power play, from Joel Hanley and Chris Terry.
The Marlies added another goal just 23 seconds into the middle frame, but the IceCaps battled back to tie it up with Hudon’s second of the night (unassisted), and a shorthanded tally from Jacob de la Rose (from Stefan Matteau and Charlie Lindgren).
The tie was broken just 20 seconds later with a goal from Toronto’s Seth Griffith, and after an almost scoreless third frame, the Marlies hit the IceCaps empty net to seal the win.
Lindgren stopped 19 shots for St. John’s, while Marlies netminder Garret Sparks turned aside 25 for the visitors.
The IceCaps can still clinch the final Northern Division playoff sport tomorrow evening, so come out and Rally in Red as St. John’s looks to stretch into the post-season!
The IceCaps wrap up the 2016-17 regular season with a rematch against the Toronto Marlies tomorrow night at Mile One Centre. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.vocm.com. IceCaps tickets can be purchased in person at the Mile One Centre box office, by phone at 709-576-7657 or online at www.mileonecentre.com.
STJ: Hudon (26, 27), de la Rose (14)
TOR: Oleksy (4), Leipsic (18), Moore (13), Griffith (10), Valiev (3)
STJ: Lindgren – L(19/23)
TOR: Sparks – W(25/28)
IceCaps Power Play: 1/2
IceCaps Penalty Kill: 2/3
Molson Canadian Three Stars:
1. Charles Hudon – STJ
2. Steve Oleksy – TOR
3. Brett Findlay – TOR
IceCaps Hardest Working Player: Joel Hanley