ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The way St. John's IceCaps defenceman Zach Redmond sees it, he's happy to play again tomorrow rather than wait for a chance at retribution.
The IceCaps tied the game late but went on to lose 3-2 in a shootout to the Providence Bruins on Saturday in American Hockey League action. It was the first time this season St. John's has lost the opener of a two-game home series.
"Tough loss tonight, but that's the beauty of getting to play the next day, you get to redeem yourself," said Redmond, who scored for St. John's. "Hopefully we can come out and find a way to put the puck in the net tomorrow."
Ryan Spooner scored the lone shootout goal and also scored in regulation along with Alden Hirshfeld for Providence (7-7-1), while Chris Bourque added two assists.
Jason Jaffray's late goal in the third tied the game at two for the IceCaps (8-9-1).
Both goalies had big nights as Niklas Svedberg made 31 saves for Providence and St. John's Eddie Pasquale stopped 38 shots.
St. John's went down against Providence twice in the game and managed to rally back to tie both times.
"Everyone stayed positive, you give up goals throughout the course of the game. You never want to give them up in the last minute or the first minute, but you know, it happens," said Redmond.
The teams traded plenty of chances at both ends of the ice, but neither team could take the lead throughout the first half of the game despite combining for 41 shots.
The Bruins finally opened the scoring with five seconds left in the second period. Hirschfeld streaked in down the right boards and tried a five-hole shot. Pasquale initially saved the puck, but it trickled through and rolled into the net.
The game opened up in the third.
The IceCaps tied the game up 58 seconds into the period on a goal from Redmond, who pinched in from the point to capitalize on a big rebound off a close range shot. The puck bounced out to the slot and Redmond buried it around a sprawled Svedberg.
The Bruin responded immediately, scoring a go-ahead goal at 1:25.
Spooner was sprung on a breakaway, and put the puck through Pasquale's pads the second time of the game.
St. John's Jaffray tied the game up on a power play at 16:35 when he hammered home a rebound from close range to set up the eventual shootout.
IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge is hoping to come away with a win Sunday in the rematch against Providence, despite his team entering their sixth game in 10 days.
"It's just a matter of winning games right now," he said. "Getting points where we can get points and building off that. I know it's the first time we have been on the back side of this now, where we lost the first one, so for me it is just focusing on getting the win tomorrow.???