Leafs washout scores winner Friday
There was a definitive buzz at Mile One Centre this past weekend, as the artist formerly known as the St. John’s Maple Leafs came to town. The buzz was twofold, with some people excited to see the old home team back in St. John’s and others excited to see the farm club of their beloved Toronto Maple Leafs – one of the more popular NHL clubs in the province.
The game itself was tightly contested, finishing up 4-3 for the visitors on a late overtime goal by legendary contractual albatross Jeff Finger. Finger, making $3.5M this year to play in the AHL, has long been the target of barbs from Leafs fans for not living up to his deal. Nonetheless, he was the hero Friday when he banged home a puck in a scramble to secure the extra point for the other Toronto.
Goals for St. John’s came from Jason King, Jason DeSantis, and Travis Ramsey. Marco Rosa had two assists for the home side, while Nazem Kadri had two goals and two assists for Toronto.
Peter Mannino started for the IceCaps and made 29 saves, Mark Owuya stopped 29 shots as well in the Marlies cage.
Caps smoked Saturday, drop first home series of the year
The luck was no better for St. John’s on Saturday, as the Marlies rolled to a 6-3 win. The game was back and forth in the first, but once Toronto started to pull away they didn’t look back.
Marco Rosa had a goal and an assist for St. John’s, Spencer Machacek scored twice. Ryan Hamilton has a goal and two assists for the Marlies, Darryl Boyce collected two assists in the win.
Edward Pasquale got the start between the pipes for the Caps, and struggled for the second consecutive time out. After starting the year 6-0, he’s now lost two in row and only stopped 20 of 26 pucks Saturday night. Jussi Rynnas made 25 saves in the Marlies win.
St. John’s will now return to the road for a short trip through Ontario. They remain in first place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 12-4-4, and will play their next home game on December 6 against the Syracuse Crunch.