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Deslauriers shuts out St. John’s to lead Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to series split
ST. JOHN’S, NL — Jeff Deslauriers made 30 saves – including two sprawling stops on Jason Jaffray and Eric O’Dell in the final frame – to propel the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-0 win over the St. John’s IceCaps Saturday night at Mile One Centre.
Tom Kuhnhackl scored what stood to be the game-winning goal for the Penguins, while Brian Gibbons and Bobby Farnham had the other markers for the visitors.
Eddie Pasquale turned aside 13 shots in a losing cause for St. John’s, which outshot Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 30-16.
After a scoreless first period, the Penguins jumped ahead 1-0 on the man-advantage midway through the second frame on a goal from Kuhnhackl. After Pasquale kicked out Brendan Mikkelson’s tight-angle shot from the corner, Kuhnhackl pounced on the loose disc and fired it five-hole past Pasquale.
Gibbons extended the Penguins’ lead two at 17:17, when he completed the give-and-go play with Farnham. Charging in on a three-on-two rush, Gibbons dished it to Farnham before taking the feed right back and wristing it top shelf to make it 2-0.
Then, just twenty-one seconds into the third period, Farnham made it 3-0 for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. After winning the opening draw, Farnham pounced on a loose puck in the slot and wired a wrister past Pasquale that fooled him over the glove.
O’Dell had the best scoring chance for the IceCaps in the final frame, when he was robbed point blank by Deslauriers who made a sprawling glove save to preserve the shutout bid.
The IceCaps continue their four-game home stand Tuesday and Wednesday at Mile One against the Syracuse Crunch. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930 AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador, or watch online at ahllive.com. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. NT, with the pregame show getting underway at 7:00.
St. John’s and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton combined for just six first-period shots… Not dressed for St. John’s: Cody Lampl, Josh Lunden, Julian Melchiori, Travis Ehrhardt, Austen Brassard… St. John’s went 0-for-4 on the man advantage and killed off 1-of-2 shorthanded situations… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Jeff Deslauriers, 2. Brian Gibbons, 3. Bobby Farnham … Mary Brown’s Hardest Working Player: Ryan Schnell.