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Pasquale rebounds from Friday night loss to lead club to 18th road victory

Eddie Pasquale stopped 24 shots he faced to lead the St. John’s IceCaps to a 2-1 win over the Toronto Marlies Saturday afternoon in AHL action at Ricoh Coliseum.

Pasquale redeemed himself from a subpar performance Friday night to earn first-star honours in the IceCaps’ 18th road win of the season. After allowing three goals on eight shots in Hamilton Friday, Pasquale showed why he was the Reebok AHL Player of the Week Saturday. Despite not being very busy in the first period, the Toronto native stood his ground in the latter stages of the game to preserve the victory.

Pasquale was especially strong in the third when he made three huge saves, including a spectacular glove save off a slapshot from Marlies defenceman Josh Engel. Several minutes later, Pasquale kicked out another shot as Toronto outshot St. John’s 12-5 in the final 20 minutes.

Patrice Cormier and Carl Klingberg scored for the IceCaps, with Marlies captain Ryan Hamilton doing the scoring for Toronto.

Cormier opened scoring at 2:56 of the first period. A late addition to the lineup when Ben Maxwell was scratched after the pre-game warm-up, Cormier picked up a loose puck behind the Marlies net and scored on a quick wraparound that appeared to catch Toronto goalie Ben Scrivens by surprise. Shawn Weller and Kevin Clark get assists on the play.

The scored stayed 1-0 IceCaps for 27 minutes or so, before Hamilton tied it with his 20th of the season, on a wrist shot high to Pasquale’s glove side.

Then at 6:40 of the third, Klingberg gave the IceCaps a 2-1 lead when he sprung past the Marlies’ defence and deked Scrivens with a backhand-forehand move to slide the puck into the net. The goal was Klingberg’s third in the past seven games and comes on the heels of a 14-game scoreless drought.

Following Klingberg’s marker, it was the Eddie Pasquale show. The big netminder turned away wave after wave of Marlies as the IceCaps fought to protect the lead.

With Scrivens on the bench for an extra attacker, the IceCaps almost got the insurance marker, as captain Jason Jaffray looked to score on a wraparound, but was thwarted by a great defensive effort by Engel.

The win came in front of IceCaps President and CEO Danny Williams, Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, IceCaps GM Craig Heisinger and more than 60 Memorial University alumni.

The club now returns home before travelling to Montreal Feb. 24 to take on the Hamilton Bulldogs at the Bell Centre, continuing a seven-game road trip that will not see the team play at Mile One until Friday, March 9, against the Hershey Bears.

Follow all the action with play-by-play broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com or on This is Newfoundland Labrador radio, 930 AM on the dial.

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