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No love from Worcester Posted by IceCaps Staff on

Sharks top IceCaps 3-1 on Valentine’s Day

Gus Young, Trevor Parkes and Bryan Lerg each recorded a goal as the Worcester Sharks topped the St. John’s IceCaps 3-1 at Mile One Centre on Saturday night.

Austen Brassard replied with his third of the year for the IceCaps, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.

Aaron Dell was solid between between the pipes for Worcester and finished the night with 24 saves, while the IceCaps’ Connor Hellebuyck was the busier of the two tenders and stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced.

The Sharks opened the scoring on the power play with 7:28 left in the opening frame as Gus Young perfectly one-timed a pass at the top of the circle from Konrad Abeltshauser that beat Hellebuyck high on the glove side.

The Sharks added to their lead with 7:47 into the second period as Trevor Parkes showed off his speed and completed a wraparound that beat Hellebuyck far side for his first goal of the season and the two-goal lead.

The lead was pushed to three just over a minute later as Sharks captain Bryan Lerg was parked in front of the net and tapped home a puck that squeezed through Hellebuyck’s pads at 13:40.

Brassard got his team on the board in the third period on a rebound from a Chase Balisy shot that bounced off Dell’s pads and right on the stick of Brassard, who rifled the puck behind the goaltender at 8:38 to give the IceCaps some life.

The IceCaps had plenty of chances to come back in the final frame, including several hit posts and two power plays but were unable to convert, giving the Sharks the victory.

The IceCaps and Sharks are back in action tomorrow, Sunday, February 15, for an afternoon matinee at 4:00 p.m. NST at Mile One Centre to complete their two-game set. Tickets are on sale now at the Mile One Box Office, by phone at (709) 576-7657 or www.mileonecentre.com. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at www.stjohnsicecaps.com, 930AM and www.ahllive.com.

Notes | Not dressed: Jason Jaffray… Brandon MacLean… Ben Walker… Scott Kosmachuk… Jordan Hill… Patrick Holland… Ryan Parent… Peter Budaj…  St. John’s went 0-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill… Connor Hellebuyck made his 13th consecutive start between the pipes for the IceCaps, which ties him with Eddie Pasquale for the most consecutive starts in team history… The IceCaps failed to score a power play goal for the first time in their last nine contests… The newly-acquired Joel Armia made his first appearance as a member of the IceCaps on Saturday night after being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres organization in the Evender Kane trade… IceCaps forward Eric O’Dell returned to the lineup after missing the last 16 games with an injury… Kyle MacKinnon failed to record a point, snapping his four-game point streak… With an assist in tonight’s contest, Will O’Neill has now recorded four points in his last two games… Worcester outshot St. John’s 31-25… Molson Canadian Three Stars: 1. Micheal Haley 2. Gus Young 3. Connor Hellebuyck … IceCaps Hardest Working Player: Julien Brouillette.

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