By Ken Peacock
The IceCaps, after dropping the first game to the Admirals, rebounded to take the second game with an identical 5-2 score. Both teams played a solid back and forth game until the Admirals, Tyler Johnson, finally put the puck in the net early in the second period. The IceCaps answered back with less than a minute to go in the second period with a Julian Melchiori goal to end the period at two goals each. Midway thru the third Garth Murray of the IceCaps scored to take the lead. The Admirals tied it back up when Trevor Smith put in a rebound with 5 minutes left in the game. A few bad moves led to Admiral penalties from Gudas, and Ashton. The IceCaps took advantage of the penalties in the form of goals from Eric Lampe and Zach Redmond. Riley Armstrong sealed the IceCaps victory with an empty net goal. Admirals goalie, Jaroslav Janus, played the whole game and took the loss.
With two games in the books the Admirals took the bus and headed back to St John’s for the third and final pre-season game. The puck will drop at 12:30pm at the MileOne Centre in St John’s this Sunday. Shortly after the game we should know more about the Admirals roster. Tampa Bay should have made its final cuts by then. Coach Cooper will have the uneasy task of making the final cut’s, but a necessary move. From there it is back to Norfolk for practice, a meet and greet with the Admirals, and opening night. In less than a week we will finally have ADMIRALS HOCKEY!
Follow this link to listen to the Admirals and IceCaps on Sunday – www.thisisnewfoundlandlabrador.ca . Be sure to click the “Listen Live” in the upper right hand corner.