St. John’s wins 5-2, Pasquale a standout
The St. John’s IceCaps, in their spiffy, new third jerseys, crowned the first-place Manchester Monarchs 5-2 in American Hockey League play Friday night at Mile One Centre.
A falling St. John's IceCaps’ Johnny Albert, 16, scores on Manchester Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones on the glove side to give his team a 2-0 lead at the 14:40 mark of the first-period of their AHL game at Mile One Centre on Friday night. Looking on is Monarchs’ Andrew Bodnarchuk. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
The Eastern Conference-leading Monarchs arrived in St. John’s with only one loss in regulation time in 12 games this season, while the IceCaps entered Friday’s game at 5-6-1.
Eric O’Dell led the IceCaps with a goal and two assists, while John Albert and Kael Mouillierat each had a goal and an assist. Jason Jaffray and Blair Riley also scored for the winners, who got solid goaltending from Eddie Pasquale with a first-star, 28-save performance.
Nick Deslauriers and Scott Sabourin had the Manchester goals.
Jaffray staked the IceCaps to a 1-0 lead just 1:35 in, redirecting a Julian Melchiori shot from the blueline past Martin Jones.
Jones arrived in St. John’s as the league-leader in minutes played, saves and wins.
Trailing Jones as the busiest goalie in the American league was Pasquale, second to the Monarchs’ goalie in minutes and saves.
Albert, the game’s third star, gave the IceCaps a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, connecting for his third goal with St. John’s on the power play.
St. John’s dominated the shot clock in the opening 20 minutes, outshooting Manchester 13-4.
It stayed 2-0 until 7:42 of the second period, when Riley finally got his first goal on the year, with assists going to Albert and Ben Chiarot.
Albert did the spadework on the goal, spinning off a Monarchs defender to find Riley high in the slot, who made no mistake with a shot low to the stick side.
The middle stanza was Pasquale’s turn to shine in goal, as the former AHL All-Rookie goalie faced 13 Manchester shots, while St. John’s managed nine on Jones.
Deslauriers cut the St. John’s lead to 3-1 3:19 into the third period, but Mouillierat, with his second goal on the season, restored the IceCaps’ three-goal lead 6:38 later, one-timing a shot past Jones with Melchiori picking up his second assist on the night, and O’Dell also drawing a helper.
O’Dell, second star of the game, netted an insurance marker at the 15:00 mark, his team-leading seventh goal on the season.
Sabourin closed put scoring with a power play goal at 17:45 of the third.
The team’s go at it again 7:30 tonight at Mile One.