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Portland uses four-goal third period to end IceCaps’ home stand on a sour note
As the saying goes, you can’t win ‘em all.
The St. John’s IceCaps came out flat in the third period and fell 5-2 to the Portland Pirates Wednesday night in front of the largest crowd of the year at Mile One Centre.
Down 2-1 after two periods of play, the Pirates rallied for four goals in the third in a comeback victory. Marc-Antoine Pouliot scored just 46 seconds into the final frame to tie the game at two and Mathieu Beaudoin gave the Pirates the lead for good at the 5:25 mark with his third of the season. Kyle Chipchura would add a power play goal at 9:28 while Matt Watkins scored into the empty net to seal the win. That sent the 6,394 fans home with looks of disappointment on their faces.
After a sluggish first period in which they were outshot 11-8, the IceCaps seemed to be in control through the second period. Shawn Weller found the back of the net for his first of the season – a power play goal at 5:56 of the second – to tie things up at one. Jason King gave the home team the lead at 13:54 with his fourth of the season, and St. John’s headed to the dressing room with a 2-1 lead after two.
The third period, however, was one to forget for the IceCaps. The early goal by Pouliot seemed to take all the momentum away from St. John’s, which was looking to extend its winning streak to a season high three games. Pirates goaltender Curtis McElhinney, who allowed all five goals Tuesday night, was razor sharp on Wednesday, turning aside 40 of 42 shots fired his way. IceCaps goalie Peter Mannino made 23 saves on 27 shots in taking the loss.
The IceCaps now embark on a tough six- game road trip beginning this Saturday, October 29th in Springfield and Sunday, October 30th in Providence. The trip also features stops in Worcester (twice), Connecticut and Bridgeport. St. John’s is 2-0 on the road thus far, having recorded victories in Providence and Manchester to open the season.
The next IceCaps home stand begins Saturday, November 12th as St. John’s welcomes the Connecticut Whale to Mile One Centre.
All games can be heard live on 930 AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador and online at www.stjohnsicecaps.com. Catch the pre-game show with Brian Rogers a half hour before puck drop. Chris ‘Red’ Barton will join Rogers in the broadcast booth for part of the New England road trip.