Ryan Spooner scores shootout winner as Providence edges St. John's 3-2

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Ryan Spooner scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Providence Bruins beat the St. John's IceCaps 3-2 in American Hockey League action Saturday.

Spooner also scored in regulation along with Alden Hirshfeld for Providence (7-7-1), while Chris Bourque added two assists.

The IceCaps (8-9-1) had goals from Zach Redmond and Jason Jaffray.

Both goalies had big nights as Niklas Svedberg made 31 saves for Providence and St. John's Eddie Pasquale stopped 38 shots.

St. John's went down against Providence twice in the game and managed to rally back to tie both times.

The teams traded plenty of chances at both ends of the ice, but neither team could take the lead throughout the first half of the game despite combining for 41 shots.

The Bruins finally opened the scoring with five seconds left in the second period. Hirschfeld streaked in down the right boards and tried a five-hole shot. Pasquale initially saved the puck, but it trickled through and rolled into the net.

The game opened up in the third.

The IceCaps tied the game up 58 seconds into the period on a goal from Redmond, who pinched in from the point to capitalize on a big rebound off a close range shot. The puck bounced out to the slot and Redmond buried it around a sprawled Svedberg.

The Bruin responded immediately, scoring a go-ahead goal at 1:25.

Spooner was sprung on a breakaway, and put the puck through Pasquale's pads the second time of the game.

St. John's Jaffray tied the game up on a power play at 16:35 when he hammered home a rebound from close range to set up the eventual shootout.

Organizations: IceCaps, Providence Bruins, American Hockey League Alden Hirshfeld for Providence Pasquale's

Geographic location: St. John's, Providence

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