By Robin Short
Telegram Sports Editor
The St. Johnâ€™s IceCaps swam in a pool of Sharks Wednesday night and somehow came away unscathed.
But it was a close call.
Jerome Samsonâ€™s second goal of the game, 26 second into overtime, gave the IceCaps a 3-2 win over the Worcester Sharks in American Hockey League play at Mile One Centre.
Samson, a 26-year-old veteran from Montreal, tied the game with a shorthanded wraparound goal with less than two minutes left in regulation time.
The win improved the IceCapsâ€™ record to 7-7-1-0 on the year, while the Sharks fall to 3-8. It was Worcesterâ€™s fourth straight loss.
Andrew Gordon also scored for St. Johnâ€™s, his first goal at Mile One Centre this season.
Rylan Schwartz gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead 2:03 in, when the IceCapsâ€™ Eric Oâ€™Dell made an ill-advised pass to defenceman Will Oâ€™Neill, basically leaving his teammate hanging out to dry.
Oâ€™Neill was unable to corral the puck, and Schwartz was off to the races, beating Eddie Pasquale for his first of the year.
Last Saturday night, the IceCaps dropped a 3-2 game to the Manchester Monarchs after St. Johnâ€™s allowed a shorthanded breakaway goal with 14 seconds left in regulation.
The Sharks made it 2-0 in the second period when Daniil Tarasov finally solved Pasquale on the third straight shot on the power play after the IceCaps goalie made two beauty pad saves on the first two attempts.
But St. Johnâ€™s owned the third period, and overtime.
The game was the first of three against the Sharks. The teams meet again 7:30 Friday night and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Four such series are planned this season, with the others against the Portland Pirates (twice) and Manchester.