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IceCaps Comeback Falls Short in 5-3 loss Posted by Dave Salter on

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Photo: Blake Gumprecht

The St. John’s IceCaps staged a spirited comeback but dropped a 5-3 decision to the Manchester Monarchs Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

After a scoreless first period, Manchester fired four unanswered goals on 10 shots in the second. Nick Shore collected his first professional goal at 1:37 of the middle frame, beating IceCaps netminder Jussi Olkinuora five-hole. The Monarchs then scored three times in a six-minute stretch, starting at the 8:18 mark. Tyler Toffoli scored twice, including a powerplay marker, while Linden Vey added another on the man advantage to give the Monarchs a 4-0 lead.

However, the IceCaps roared back in the third period, starting with a gorgeous wrap-around goal by defenceman Brenden Kichton at the 1:59 mark. Blair Riley and John Albert were awarded assists. A minute-and-a-half later, Andrew Gordon deflected a shot past Manchester netminder Martin Jones. Hometown product Ian O’Connor picked up the assist on Gordon’s goal for his first-ever AHL helper. Kael Mouillierat’s powerplay tally from Eric O’Dell and Will O’Neill, brought the IceCaps to within one at the 5:43 mark. However with only two minutes and 13 seconds remaining in the contest, Tanner Pearson converted on a breakaway to seal the IceCaps’ fate.

The IceCaps are in action again Sunday afternoon (4:35 PM NT) versus the Providence Bruins at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at and on 930 AM This is Newfoundland Labrador. Pregame show begins a half hour before puck drop.

Not dressed for St. John’s: Jerome Samson, Zach Redmond, Jordan Hill, Josh Lunden, Adam Lowry, Travis Ehrhardt… St. John’s went 1-for-8 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill… Manchester outshot St. John’s 31-24… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Tyler Toffoli, 2. Linden Vey, 3. Nick Shore… Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Brenden Kichton.

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