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Pair of third period power play goals helps snap three-game losing streak
By Chris Doyle
The St. John’s IceCaps snapped their three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena Sunday night.
Paul Postma and Patrice Cormier scored third-period goals with the man advantage and Eddie Pasquale turned aside 21 shots for his 16th victory of the season. John Albert, Aaron Gagnon and Jason Jaffray – with an empty-netter to seal the victory – also scored for St. John’s (34-15-5-2).
After a scoreless opening period, the Senators got on the board first when Jack Downing capitalized on a fortunate bounce off the end boards that caught Pasquale off-guard. Downing buried his fifth of the season to give the home side a 1-0 lead at the four minute mark of the second period.
At 6:42, the IceCaps tied it on a beautiful play deep in Senators territory. Leading scorer Spencer Machacek feathered a gorgeous pass to Albert, who made a move to the backhand and outwaited goalie Ben Bishop, scoring his fifth of the season and first since returning from an upper body injury that sidelined him for eight games.
Just 1:14 later, on an IceCaps power play, the puck deflected to Gagnon on the left side, who buried his ninth into the yawning cage to give St. John’s a 2-1 advantage.
Corey Locke evened things up for the Senators at 11:38 of the frame when he slid home a loose puck from the side of the net past a stick-less Pasquale to send the teams to the dressing room knotted at two.
In the third, the IceCaps were given a 5-on-3 man advantage when Mike Hoffman was called for hooking and Tim Conboy received an unsportsmanlike penalty. Conboy, unhappy with the call, was also given a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct for abuse of official. On the ensuing power play, Postma blasted a one-timer from the left point to give the IceCaps a 3-2 lead.
Then, 58 seconds later, Patrice Cormier took a feed from Jason King at the side of the net and walked out front untouched, snapping a shot underneath the bar on the power play to put the visitors up 4-2.
The IceCaps held down the fort the rest of the way, getting some timely saves from Pasquale and an empty-net goal from Jaffray to give the club its first victory in four games.
St. John’s now leads the Atlantic Division by 14 points over both the Worcester Sharks and Manchester Monarchs and is six points back of the Norfolk Admirals for first overall in the Eastern Conference with four games in hand.
The IceCaps move to 2-3-1 on their current seven-game road trip, and will wrap things up in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton against the Penguins Tuesday night before returning home for six games beginning next Friday and Saturday against the Hershey Bears.
Catch all the action with play-by-play broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador. Puck drop Tuesday night is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. with the pregame show beginning at 8:05 p.m. (all times Newfoundland).
After ending a three-game power play drought last night in Syracuse, the IceCaps continued their roll with the man advantage, going 3-for-6 against the Senators. St. John’s has now converted on six of its last 11 power play opportunities….Newly acquired F Ray Sawada made his IceCaps debut Sunday, wearing number 23 and playing alongside Garth Murray and Maxime Macenauer….With another two points tonight, Patrice Cormier has recorded back-to-back multi-point games for the first time this season….Travis Ramsey is the only player to have played in all 56 games this season for the IceCaps….The IceCaps road record now stands at 19-5-2-2.