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Game Summary | Box Score

McElhinney’s 46 saves help guide Springfield to second straight win over St. John’s

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Curtis McElhinney stopped 46 shots and Ryan Johansen notched a goal and two assists as the Springfield Falcons defeated the St. John’s IceCaps 4-2 Saturday at Mile One Centre.

The Falcons once again used a strong second period to surge ahead in the game and did not look back. Matt Calvert, Tomas Kubalik and Cam Atkinson all found the back of the net in the middle frame and McElhinney stopped 18 of 19 shots in the period.

Max Macenauer and Paul Postma scored power play goals for St. John’s (11-12-0-1) while Mark Dekanich made 28 saves in defeat. With the loss, the IceCaps dropped their third straight game for the first time this season.

After neither team tickled the twine in the first, the Falcons opened the scoring 24 seconds into the second frame. Matt Calvert slid home a loose puck in front of the net after an attempted backhand pass by Ryan Johansen to make it 1-0.

Springfield took a 2-0 lead minutes later on a goal by Tomas Kubalik. Tim Erixon’s shot at the point was deflected deftly by Kubalik – who was screening Dekanich on the play – giving the Falcons a two-goal advantage.

St. John’s cut the lead in half on a power play after Dalton Smith was tagged with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following a fight between Smith and Spencer Machacek. The bout seemed to spur the IceCaps, who went to the power play and converted. After a scramble in front, the puck squirted loose to Macenauer at the side of the net, who swept in his sixth of the season to tie him with Zach Redmond for the team lead and make it a 2-1 game.

The Falcons regained the two-goal lead at 14:41 of the second after they forced a turnover in the IceCaps’ zone. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault chipped the puck ahead to Atkinson, who was stopped on his first chance but banged the rebound past Dekanich to give his club a 3-1 advantage heading into the final frame.

St. John’s once again pulled within one with a power play marker at the 14:06 mark of the third. After Ivan Telegin’s initial shot was blocked, the Russian winger got the puck back to Postma at the point, who blasted a one-timer that beat McElhinney high underneath the bar to close the gap to 3-2.

St. John’s appeared set for a late push – outshooting the Falcons 16-8 overall in the third – but Telegin was whistled for a questionable roughing penalty with 1:21 left, negating the team’s six-on-five advantage with Dekanich on the bench.

Johansen then added the empty-netter with 25 seconds remaining to seal the victory for Springfield.

St. John’s finished the night 2-for-5 on the power play while Springfield went 1-for-4 for the second straight game.

The IceCaps look to snap their three-game skid Tuesday when they host the Hershey Bears in the first of two games at Mile One. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador, or watch online at www.ahllive.com. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. with the pregame show beginning at 7:00 (all times Newfoundland).

Notes:
Travis Ramsey (hand), Jason King (head), Alex Burmistrov (shoulder), Eric O’Dell (lower body), Jason Jaffray (shoulder), John Albert (upper body), Patrice Cormier (knee), Hunter Tremblay (concussion-like symptoms) and Julian Melchiori (finger) all missed Saturday’s game… F Ray Sawada and D Paul Postma extended their point streaks to three games… D Zach Redmond has three assists in his last two games… G Mark Dekanich started for the first time since Nov. 21 in a 2-1 loss at home to the Hamilton Bulldogs… The IceCaps fell to 1-11-0-1 when trailing after two periods and have now been outscored 33-16 in the middle frame this season… Saturday’s game was the 52nd consecutive sellout at Mile One Centre, two shy of the second-longest streak of all-time, held by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The Penguins also hold the longest sellout streak at 90 games, set from 2002-2004.

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