© — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins' Bobby Farnham crashes into the boards behind St. John's IceCaps goaltender Eddie Pasquale during the teams' game Friday night at Mile One Centre. Pasquale stopped all 20 shots against as the IceCaps collected a 5-0 win.
Pasquale makes 20 saves for first shutout of the season in 5-0 win
Carl Klingberg scored a pair of goals, Zach Redmond had a goal and an assist in his first game at Mile One Centre this season, and Eddie Pasquale stopped 20 shots for the shutout as the St. John’s IceCaps picked up a tidy 5-0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Friday night.
The IceCaps, who entered the game seventh in the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference, improve to 12-9-1-2, while the Penguins fall to 13-6-1-2 as third-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lose for the second straight time.
While Pasquale posted his first shutout of the season, the story of the game was Klingberg, who is hot as a pistol of late.
The big Swede also scored in the IceCaps’ last game, a 4-3 shootout loss in Binghamton. Hard to believe Klingberg was a healthy scratch in three straight games in early November.
Jerome Samson and Eric O’Dell, who also had an assist, netted singles for the winners.
Klingerg scored the only goal of the first period, teaming up with IceCaps scoring leader O’Dell for his second in as many games. He fed the puck to O’Dell, who tried a wrap-around play, but was foiled by Pens netminder Eric Hartzell.
However, Klingberg was there to pounce on the loose puck and backhand a shot into the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net for his fifth on the year.
Klingberg got his second at the 12:11 mark of the second period, slamming home a one-timer off a pass from rookie J.C. Lipon.
Redmond scored with 2:25 remaining in the second period, wristing a shot from the blueline and the IceCaps were off to the races.
For Redmond, it was his third goal and sixth point in six games with St. John’s this season.
Samson and O’Dell got their goals in the third period.
The IceCaps fired 29 shots at Hartzell.
The teams go at it again 7:30 tonight as the IceCaps look for a rare sweep at Mile One.