The St. John’s IceCaps overcame a slow start to post a 5-2 victory over the Worcester Sharks in American Hockey League play Saturday night.
John Albert scored twice – including a penalty shot goal, the first in IceCaps’ history – as St. John’s won for the eighth time in its last 10 starts. Red hot Adam Lowry netted his seventh goal in eight games – he’s now on a five-game goalscoring streak – and Kael Mouillierat had a goal and an assist. Jerome Samson also scored for the winners, who played before the 100th straight sellout (6,287 paid) at Mile One Centre.
Konrad Abeltshauser and Rylan Schwartz replied.
Michael Hutchinson stopped 31 shots for the win.
The IceCaps did not have the start they wanted when Abeltshauser scored only 35 seconds after the drop of the puck, with a shot from the blueline that got past a screened Hutchinson.
Despite being outplayed, the IceCaps got that one back at 14:07 on Mouillierat’s 13th on the year, and 16 seconds later, it was Albert with the first of his two.
They were only the IceCaps’ third and fourth shots on goal.
The teams traded goals in the second – by Samson and Schwartz – but the backbreaker for the Sharks came early in the third period when Albert was awarded a penalty shot after referee Mark Lemelin judged that Brodie Reid impeded the St. John’s forward, who was dashing in on Sharks goalie Harry Sateri.
Albert made the most of his chance, beating Sateri for his eighth goal.
“It was a nice goal, a nice shot,” said coach Keith McCambridge of the Albert goal. “Yeah, it was a big goal.
“He skates with a lot of speed, plays a real fast, high tempo game. It was a big goal.”
For good measure, Lowry kept his streak alive with an insurance marker at the 8:20 mark of the third.
Sateri finished the night with 22 stops.
The teams meet again 4 o’clock this afternoon.