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Photo: Scott Slingsby – InGoal Magazine

St. John’s can’t end winless skid in 5-2 loss to Manchester

The St. John’s IceCaps lost their fifth straight game in a 5-2 loss to the Manchester Monarchs Friday night at Verizon Wireless Arena.

Brandon Kozun potted two goals including the game-winner, while Tyler Toffoli also had a pair for Manchester. Martin Jones made 22 saves for his second win against the IceCaps this season.

Eric O’Dell notched a goal and an assist for St. John’s, while Jason Jaffray picked up a power play tally. Despite allowing five goals, Mark Dekanich played a solid game between the pipes and kept his team within striking distance for much of the contest, finishing with 28 saves.

After a scoreless first period, O’Dell opening the scoring with his team-leading 13th goal of the season early in the second. Carl Klingberg spun and fired a shot on goal from the high slot that was stopped by Jones but O’Dell was in perfect position to shovel home a backhander and give the IceCaps a 1-0 lead.

Manchester pulled ahead late in the frame with two goals just 34 seconds apart. Right after an IceCaps penalty to Aaron Gagnon expired, Toffoli buried a rebound after a nice pad save by Dekanich on Linden Vey to tie the score at one.

Then, Anthony Stewart won a foot-race to a loose puck along the ride side boards and busted in towards the net on a two-on-one, holding the puck and cutting to the middle before sliding a backhand shot underneath Dekanich to give the Monarchs a 2-1 advantage heading into the third period.

In the third, the Monarchs got an early goal from Kozun to put them up by two. The IceCaps turned the puck over in front of their own net and Kozun capitalized, snapping a shot past Dekanich from the slot to make it 3-1.

The IceCaps clawed back to within one goal on Jaffray’s 11th of the season on a four-on-three man advantage at 4:58 of the third. After a couple of whacks in front of the Monarchs net, the puck came to Jaffray at the right side of the crease and the captain banged it in, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

However, Toffoli added his second of the game for the insurance marker late in the third. Toffoli took a flip pass and stepped over the IceCaps blueline before firing a laser past Dekanich to put the home side up 4-2.

Kozun picked up another tally on a power play with just over two minutes remaining to cap the scoring.

The IceCaps and Monarchs face-off again Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Arena (8:30 p.m. NT). Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at and on 930 AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador, or watch online at Pregame show begins at 8:00 p.m.

D Cody Sol recorded his first professional point with an assist on Eric O’Dell’s second period goal… Both St. John’s and Manchester went 1-for-5 with the man advantage… Jason Jaffray scored for the second straight game and has five goals in his last five games… The IceCaps tied a franchise high with their fifth straight loss. St. John’s previously lost five in a row from Dec. 1 to Dec. 12 of this season… St. John’s is 0-3-1-0 vs. Manchester this season and has lost seven straight meetings overall dating back to last season… Manchester F Tyler Toffoli has five goals and six points in four games vs. St. John’s this season, while F Brandon Kozun has four goals in four contests.

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