Attention distracted: St. John’s liveblog 1

Not saying the Mavericks are dead to us for the next couple of weeks, but…

The Sound Tigers are on the Rock. If we successfully finish up this Darien football story and get technology to help us, we’ll be listening to Brian Rogers. Stole these links from last year and hope they still work: audio here or via “listen live” link at the team’s site/pay-per-view. Follow the Telegram’s guys, Brendan McCarthy and Robin Short, and of course Bridgeport and the IceCaps.

The box should be here. A new referee, Chris Schlenker, former player and ref in the WHL.

Elsewhere, Kevin Poulin is back on waivers.

–The St. John’s broadcast doesn’t have access to information about the Sound Tigers. Ouch. Felt that from here.

–Williams in net, says Robin Short.

–IceCaps up 1-0 at 1:39 on a Daniel Carr breakaway goal. Matt Carkner shot one apparently wide at the other end seconds before, but the red light came on; Schlenker gave it a quick look on replay. They give an assist to goalie Zach Fucale.

Best guess at the lineup:

F: Whitney (A)-Kearns (A)-Beck
Johnston-Gomes-Holmstrom (C)
D: Pelech-Mayfield
G: Williams

R: Schlenker; L: Maynard, Vail.

–They’re not happy with a call that puts Bridgeport to the power play, and the Sound Tigers tie it on at least one deflection. Justin Vaive was at the front of the net on what looked like a new-look first unit, with Joe Whitney at the point and Beck and Kearns also out there. The goal goes to Kearns.

–Three shots, two goals for the IceCaps through a little over nine minutes. Christian Thomas has a goal and an assist.

–Brian’s upset that contact between Ross Johnston and Zach Fucale wasn’t called. It seems as if information about the Sound Tigers and goaltender contact might’ve been available somewhere this week, but I guess no one wrote anything about that anywhere. (I kid!)

–Bridgeport ties it on the rush at 15:08. Halmo dropped off on the left side to Mayfield, who waited and fired; they give the goal to Mayfield, though Brian thought there might’ve been a deflection.

–Holloway to Hudon for yet another go-ahead goal with 2:39 left in the first. Mark Barberio pulled it off the left-wing boards to start it. And the Caps go to a power play a few seconds later.

–Caps lead 3-2 after one. Shots were 14-11 Bridgeport, though I thought I heard they were 14-7 before the third goal.

–Nikita Scherbak scores through traffic from the top of the right circle; it’s 4-2 St. John’s midway through the second.

–Beck gets called for a flying leap into Fucale. Meanwhile, big news from Hershey: Doug Yingst will retire at the end of the season. Quite a career.

–The IceCaps chase Williams with their fifth goal, with 4:10 left in the second. Dietz’s lead pass sets up Hudon, who centers to Holloway. Christopher Gibson comes in, and seconds later, Carkner goes after Barberio after Barberio sticks a leg out on Beck in the neutral zone.

–The minors even out, Barberio for kneeing, Carkner for instigating, but Carkner will sit the extra 10, so he won’t be back until about six minutes remain in regulation.

–5-2 St. John’s after two.

–The Sound Tigers cut it to 5-3 with 9:05 left in a penalty-filled third. Holmstrom protected the puck on the left side and fed Beck at the center point, who shot it through Wright’s screen. But the IceCaps go straight to their fourth power play 14 seconds later.

–RIP, Maureen O’Hara. Meanwhile, seconds after Czuczman comes out of the penalty box, he goes right back in.

–Brian has Bridgeport with one too many power plays; his buddy Eric Boguniecki will be mad at him. The box has St. John’s with one too few power plays; Brent Thompson will be mad.

–Bridgeport puts one in on that sixth power play. Joe Whitney, trying to center it from behind the net, banks it in off Fucale. 5-4 IceCaps with a little over three minutes to go.

St. John’s 5, Bridgeport 4, final. Two losses in a row after the five-game winning streak. Don’t typically get Brent Thompson by phone from the Rock, so that might be about it. Quick glance at the box: 12 shots from defensemen, five of them Czuczman’s; 12 for the Whitney-Kearns-Beck line; which leaves nine for the other nine forwards. Actually, Vaive had three; Florek, two. Jut one shot combined for the Halm-Quine-Petrov line (Quine’s).

Michael Fornabaio