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St. John's Ice Caps player John Albert(front) beats Jordan Weal of the Manchester Monarchs to the puck as Ice Caps player Brenden Kichton watches from behind the play during the Ice Caps 4-1 win over the Monarchs Friday night at Mile One Centre.
By Robin Short
Telegram Sports Editor
Eddie Pasquale stopped 36 of 37 shots as the St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Manchester Monarchs for the fourth time this season, this time by a 4-1 count Friday night at Mile One Centre.
The IceCaps ran their record to 4-2 over the American Hockey League-leading Monarchs, improving to 20-15-1-2 along the way. The Monarchs fall to 25-11-2-4.
In what is a familiar storyline, Pasquale was large in net for the IceCaps in a first-star performance. He came up big in the third period, especially, as the Monarchs outshot their hosts 18-7.
“Our penalty kill was tested in the third period,” said coach Keith McCambridge, as the IceCaps took three straight minors in the final frame, “but the foundation of all kills is the last man.
“Eddie made some huge saves. He kept the momentum on our side.”
Jerome Samson sparked the winners with a pair of goals, including one into an empty net. Jason Jaffray and John Albert also scored.
Nick Deslauriers had the lone Manchester goal.
The ice was barely dry from the resurfacing when St. John’s opened the game’s scoring as Jaffray tipped in an Andrew Gordon pass 52 seconds after the opening faceoff.
It stayed 1-0 until 7:56 of the second when Albert busted in on the Monarchs goal while the IceCaps played shorthanded, slipping the puck through the legs of goalie Jean-Francois Berube.
Samson made it a 3-0 game just under four minutes later, but Deslauriers breathed some life into the Monarchs, beating Pasquale from the side of the net at 14:17 of the second.
It remained 3-1 until the dying seconds when Samson netted his second of the night and 11th of the season into an empty net.
Berube, given the Monarchs starting job in goal now that Martin Jones has been recalled to parent Los Angeles, made 27 saves.
The teams go at it again 7:30 tonight at Mile One.