Triumphant return home on Saturday
It was a good run for the St. John’s IceCaps as they stormed across the northeastern US over the past two weeks. So good, in fact, that they sat in first place overall as of their return home Saturday night.
And with an 8-4 win over the Connecticut Whale, they just kept rolling.
Looking more crisp than they have at any point on Mile One ice this year, the Caps jumped out in front early and were never really in any trouble as they collected the two points. Captain Jason Jaffray played his best game of the year in notching a hat trick, while goalie Edward Pasquale won his sixth straight game.
The game also marked the return of former St. John’s Maple Leafs Kris Newbury and Brendan Bell, both of whom are still toiling in the AHL and play for the Whale. Each man recorded an assist and went minus-2 for the visitors.
Resiliency key to Sunday’s 4-3 win
It looked like the party was over Sunday, as Connecticut jumped out to a 2-0 lead early. However the Caps showed some grit to get back within a goal, trailing 3-2 after the first period on goals by Kyle Bushee and Jason King.
Early in the second St. John’s tied it on King’s second goal of the night, before Eric O’Dell made it 4-3 for the home side late in the third. The win was the sixth in a row for the Caps.
Both nights saw Mile One Centre full, though Saturday’s listed attendance was an a hockey record of 6,503. With the team winning and appearing to gel, St. John’s fans seem to be coming out in droves and are likely to continue to do so when the club hits the ice again this weekend for games Friday and Saturday against the Norfolk Admirals.