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Game Summary | Box Score

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Photo: Brandon Taylor

St. John’s fires 40-plus shots in second consecutive loss

Ray Sawada fired his 10th goal of the season and added an assist but it wasn’t enough as the St. John’s IceCaps fell 4-3 to the Hamilton Bulldogs Tuesday night at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum.

Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu collected a pair of goals to pace the Bulldogs and was the game’s first star.

Stefan Chaput opened the scoring for the Bulldogs with a powerplay marker at the 13:06 mark of the first period. Jason Gregoire put St. John’s on the board at 2:58 of the second stanza, converting a wrap-around, with helpers going to Sawada and Ben Maxwell.

Goals by Joe Stejskal and Beaulieu put Hamilton up 3-1 in the second but 56 seconds after Beaulieu’s marker, St. John’s responded with a goal by Aaron Gagnon on a goal-mouth scramble. Derek Meech and Carl Klingberg picked up assists on Gagnon’s second of the season at 17:03.

Beaulieu made it 4-2 Bulldogs in the third before Sawada responded at 7:35 from Meech and Jason Jaffray on the powerplay. St. John’s outshot Hamilton 13-4 in the third period, and 42-29 overall, but could not get the equalizer.

The IceCaps start a six-game homestand Friday against the Manchester Monarchs. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at and on 930 AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador, or watch online at The pre-game show starts at 7 p.m., with puck drop at 7:30 (Newfoundland time). Friday’s contest can also be seen live on Rogers TV.

Notes: Ray Sawada fired eight shots at the Hamilton goal…Travis Ramsay did not figure in the scoring but led the IceCaps with a plus-2 rating…Right winger Norm Ezekiel made his debut with the IceCaps, wearing number nine… The IceCaps converted on one of five powerplay opportunities while the Bulldogs went one for six.

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