By Robin Short
Telegram Sports Editor
The St. John’s IceCaps allowed a goal by Linden Vey on a two-on-one shorthanded play mid-way through the third period en route to a 4-1 loss to the Manchester Monarchs Saturday night at Mile One Centre.
It was the second straight loss to the Monarchs, and sixth time this season the IceCaps have been swept on home ice.
Friday night, St. John’s surrendered a two-goal lead three times, and eventually allowed the tying goal with 42 seconds left in regulation time before losing 5-4 to the Monarchs in a shootout.
Bryan Rodney, Hunter Bishop and Andrew Bodnarchuk, into an empty net, also scored for the Monarchs.
Aaron Gagnon had the only goal for the IceCaps, who saw their record fall to 23-31-1-3.
St. John’s sits in 14th place in the Eastern Conference, nine points out of a playoff spot with 18 games remaining in their regular season.
The game was scoreless for nearly two full periods until Rodney scored for the Monarchs with three seconds left in the second frame.
But Gagnon got the IceCaps on the board 2:06 into the third, and it stood 1-1 until Bishop teamed with Stefan Legelin at the 9:35 mark for a shorthanded goal after St. John’s defenceman Julian Melchiori failed to keep the puck in at the Manchester blueline.
Turnovers killed the IceCaps again less than two minutes later when Travis Ramsey coughed up the puck, leading to Vey’s goal at 11:04.
Martin Jones stopped 37 shots to registered his second straight win over the IceCaps. Eddie Pasquale allowed three goals on 21 shots and saw his record fall to 14-20-3.
The IceCaps have the next five days off to lick their wounds and prepare for the Eastern Conference-leading Syracuse Crunch next Friday and Saturday at Mile One.