ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- IceCaps rookie goaltender Eric Comrie says he can have fun in just about every situation on the ice -- even a game in which 15 goals are scored between the two teams.
Despite being down by four goals after the first period and rallying back to tie the game, the IceCaps lost 8-7 in overtime to the Springfield Falcons in American Hockey League action Friday.
Comrie made 36 saves in his first pro game, after taking over from goalie Tyler Beskorowany 9:30 into the first period.
"It was a fun game, no matter what," Comrie said. "Hockey is a fun sport and I have fun every time I go on the ice. It was an incredible crowd out there."
IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge said there are positives to be taken from the rally back from his team.
"Being down 5-1 in the first period, and then to manage to get the lead in that game really speaks volumes of the character in that room," McCambridge said.
McCambridge spoke highly of his back-up goalie, saying Comrie was "real sharp" in net.
"Coming in under those circumstances, to come into that game against an excellent team, I thought he performed really well," he said.
Springfield's Sean Collins won the game in overtime, scoring with a quick wrister at the 2:50 mark of the extra frame.
Jack Skille scored four goals in a five-point performance to lead the Falcons (43-20-6), while Carter Camper and Matt Taormina also scored.
Patrice Cormier scored twice for St. John's (41-22-5). Andrew Gordon, John Albert, Jerome Samson, Kyle MacKinnon and Carl Klingberg had a goal apiece.
Down 6-4 in the second period, the IceCaps replied with three straight goals -- two in the second from Klingberg and Samson, and one from Albert at 6:25 of the third -- to make it 7-6 for the home team.
But the Falcons tied the game again as Skille, with the extra attacker on the ice after Springfield pulled its goalie, scored on a wrist shot with 16.1 seconds left.
The Falcons struck first, when an attempt to throw the puck out front from behind the net went in for Camper. The puck banked in off Beskorowany at the 7:01 mark of the first period, on the power play.
Springfield doubled the lead when Skille's booming slapshot from the faceoff dot found the net high blocker 8:47 into the first period.
Taormina scored a slapshot high glove for the Falcons from the left faceoff dot, beating Beskorowany for the last goal of his night 9:30 into the first. Comrie took over in net for the IceCaps after that.
St. John's closed the gap when Cormier was gifted a puck on a perfect pass from behind the net while waiting in the slot, and he buried it 15:08 into the first.
Skille tapped in a cross-crease pass at the 16:34 mark of the first period to make it 4-2 Falcons.
Sixteen seconds later, Bass scored a near-identical goal, finishing a cross-crease play on the same post.
MacKinnon decreased St. John's deficit to two goals at 17:25 of the first, scoring for the IceCaps as he finished off a 2-on-1 with Cormier. Cormier added his second of the game, scoring into a practically open net at 17:50.
Gordon pulled the IceCaps within one, scoring from the faceoff dot with a high wrister 1:52 into the second period, but Skille completed his hat trick 2:46 into the second, beating a knocked over and sprawling Comrie in net.
McKenna stopped 17 or 23 shots for the Falcons through two periods. Jeremy Smith made 12 saves in relief in the third. IceCaps starter Beskorowany stopped five of eight shots.