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Toronto’s two third-period goals the difference in 3-2 game

The St. John’s IceCaps dropped a 3-2 decision to the Toronto Marlies Sunday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.

Toronto scored twice in the third period – including a shorthanded goal by Carter Ashton – to take the two points.

Brenden Kichton and Andrew Gordon paced St. John’s with a goal and an assist each, while Michael Hutchinson made his first start as an IceCap, making 17 saves between the pipes.

With no score through 20 minutes, St. John’s opened the scoring in the second on Kichton’s sixth of the season. After a broken rush, Kichton stuck with the play and fired a spinning wrister that beat Drew MacIntyre to give the IceCaps a 1-0 lead.

The Marlies tied things at one on a late power play in the second period. T.J. Brennan’s point shot was deflected right to Brad Ross at the side of the net, and the Toronto winger buried the puck past a helpless Hutchinson to tie the score 1-1 heading into the third period.

Despite an early penalty in the third, the Marlies surged ahead on a shorthanded goal by Ashton. Sam Carrick dropped to Ashton just over the IceCaps blueline and the big forward waited before snapping a shot past Hutchinson to give the home side a 2-1 advantage.

The IceCaps evened the score a few minutes later on Gordon’s 10th of the season. Kichton gained the Marlies’ zone, drawing the defence before flipping a backhand pass to Gordon on the right side. Gordon ripped a slapshot past MacIntyre to make it 2-2.

However, the lead was short-lived. Less than two minutes later off the rush, Kory Nagy slid a pass to the left side to Broll, who wristed a shot past Hutchinson to make it 3-2 Toronto for the eventual game-winner.

The IceCaps break for Christmas before returning to action Dec. 27 versus the Worcester Sharks at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930 AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador, or watch live at www.ahllive.com. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:00 PM NT with the pregame show beginning 30 minutes prior.

Notes: Scratched for St. John’s: Cody Lampl, Jordan Hill, Josh Lunden, Eddie Pasquale, Travis Ehrhardt, Austen Brassard… St. John’s went 0-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill… Brenden Kichton extended his point streak to four games (2G, 4A during that span)… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Drew MacIntyre 2. Carter Ashton 3. Brenden Kichton … Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Kyle MacKinnon.

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