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Photos courtesy Providence Bruins

Photos courtesy Providence Bruins

St. John’s falls 5-2 to Providence

Playing their third game in less than 72 hours, the IceCaps fell 5-2 to the Providence Bruins Sunday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI.

Matt Fraser scored twice, including the game-winner 50 seconds into the third period, and Niklas Svedberg made 32 saves. Joe Morrow had a goal and an assist.

For St. John’s, Eddie Pasquale stopped 35-of-39 shots in a terrific effort. Jason Jaffray and Eric O’Dell scored in a losing cause.

The Bruins struck first on just their second shot on goal at the 9:09 mark of the opening period. Seth Griffith circled the net and let go a wrister from the left faceoff dot that got through a screen and past Pasquale for a 1-0 Providence lead.

Providence made it 2-0 just over eight minutes into the second. The Bruins forced a turnover deep in the IceCaps’ zone and Fraser was the recipient of the gift, corralling the puck in the slot on a pass from Ryan Spooner and firing a shot top shelf past a helpless Pasquale.

The IceCaps finally got on the board late in the second on a power play. Andrew Gordon found a wide open Jason Jaffray at the right side of the crease and fed a perfect pass to the St. John’s captain, who buried his third to cut the lead in half heading into the third period.

Early in the third the Bruins got that goal back. After Zach Trotman’s minor penalty expired, Providence was left with a 5-on-4 man advantage and Fraser flipped in his second of the game, from Justin Florek and Morrow, to restore the two-goal lead and make it 3-1.

At the 5:36 mark Providence got another one on the power play. Craig Cunningham sent a pass back to the point to Morrow, who one-timed a rocket past the glove hand of Pasquale to make it 4-1.

The IceCaps made it 4-2 on a power play of their own minutes later to close the gap. O’Dell was the recipient of a great pass by JC Lipon and buried his team-leading fifth of the season, with Will O’Neill drawing the second helper.

However, that was as close as the IceCaps would come, as Nick Johnson scored into an empty net with 30 seconds left to seal the victory for Providence.

The IceCaps will look to rebound Wednesday night in Lewiston, ME when they face off against the Portland Pirates (8:30 PM NT). Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and on 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: Jerome Samson, Zach Redmond, Josh Lunden, Adam Lowry, Travis Ehrhardt, Austen Brassard… St. John’s went 2-for-5 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill… G Eddie Pasquale has started seven of the IceCaps’ nine games this season… Eric O’Dell (1G, 3A) and Will O’Neill (3A) have three-game point streaks… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Matt Fraser, 2. Joe Morrow, 3. David Warsofsky… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Andrew Gordon.

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