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Crunch Take a Bite Out of IceCaps 4-2 Posted by Dave Salter on

Eddie Pasquale turned aside 34 shots but the St. John’s IceCaps dropped a 4-2 decision to the Syracuse Crunch Friday night at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York.

Jason Jaffray and JC Lipon scored for the IceCaps, who fall to 3-2 on their current road trip which concludes Saturday at Binghamton.

Former IceCap Ray Kaunisto opened the scoring with just under two minutes left in the first period as his wrap-around eluded Pasquale. The Crunch went up 2-0 at the 12:10 mark of the second, on the powerplay, as Geoff Walker converted on a spin move in the crease.

Jaffray got the IceCaps on the scoreboard with a man advantage, at 13:52 of the second, going top shelf on a down-and-out Cedric Desjardins. Andrew Gordon and Zach Redmond got the assists. St. John’s tied the game just 23 seconds later when JC Lipon potted an Adam Lowry pass in the slot.

However, Cedric Paquette scored the game-winner with a little over four minutes remaining in the contest as he jammed home a loose puck in a goal-mouth scramble. The Crunch sealed the win with an empty-netter by Danick Gauthier with 55 seconds left on the clock.

The IceCaps travel to Binghamton next to face the Senators on Saturday (8:35 PM NT). Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and 930 AM This is Newfoundland Labrador, or watch online at www.ahllive.com. Pregame show begins a half hour before puck drop.

Notes:

Not dressed for St. John’s: Josh Lunden, Jerome Samson, Will O’Neill, Travis Ehrhardt, Austen Brassard, Ben Chiarot… Kaunisto signed a PTO with the Crunch prior to the contest…St. John’s was outshot 37-28… The IceCaps went 1-for-4 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Cedric Paquette 2. JC Lipon 3. Ray Kaunisto… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Eddie Pasquale.

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