First exhibition for new AHL team
Bretton Cameron scored the first ever goal for the St. John’s IceCaps but it wasn’t enough as the newest member of the American Hockey League lost its inaugural game 5-2 to the Norfolk Admirals.
Cameron’s high shot at 1:15 of the third period got the IceCaps on the board, although Norfolk led 4-0 at the time. Mount Pearl’s Alex Wall, a Quebec league graduate battling for a position on the team’s blueline, had the lone assist on the marker.
Shortly after, Corner Brook native Jason King – playing in North America after three seasons in Europe – made it 4-2 when he scored his first for the IceCaps, on a power play at 5:41.
King and Wall repaid head coach Keith McCambridge for his savvy move at the beginning of the contest. Both Newfoundlanders were in the team’s starting lineup and received hearty ovations as they were introduced.
As expected of a team in its infancy, the IceCaps started slowly, allowing three first-period goals in the loss. Norfolk outshot St. John’s 29-19, and scored on three of its six power play opportunities. The IceCaps were 1-for-6 with the extra man.
The game at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium was the first in a three-game exhibition series known as the Mary Brown’s Cup. Game two goes Friday night at the Gander Community Centre.
Sunday, the clubs head to Mile One Centre for Game 3 in the series. That game starts at 2 p.m.