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The St. John’s IceCaps’ John Albert (centre) chases the puck on a scoring chance against Binghamton Senators netminder Nathan Lawson during the teams’ American Hockey League game Friday night at Mile One Centre. Defending for the B-Sens are Fredrik Claesson (right) and Chris Wideman (6). Albert scored on the play and added a second goal as the IceCaps won 6-2. The teams meet again tonight, 7:30, at Mile One.
St. John’s beats Binghamton 6-2, rematch tonight at Mile One Centre
In a game that featured a bit of just about everything — and for the St. John’s IceCaps, almost all of it good — the hometown IceCaps defeated the visiting Binghamton Senators 6-2 in American Hockey League play at Mile One Centre Friday night.
John Albert and Kael Mouillierat each scored twice for St. John’s (33-19-4), which has won five in a row. Adam Lowry and Eric O’Dell, the latter on a third-period penalty shot, also scored for the IceCaps, who will host the Senators (33-18-4) in a rematch tonight at Mile One.
With 20 games remaining in their regular-season schedule, the IceCaps have one more win than they did in the entire 2013-13 campaign, when they finished third-last in the AHL.
Buddy Robinson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau replied with third-period tallies for Binghamton, which continues to lead the AHL’s East Division despite having lost three games in a row.
Albert and Mouillierat each had power-play markers for St. John’s, which enjoyed nine man-advantage opportunities. But even though there were no shorthanded goals, many of the game’s best offensive opportunities came from players on the penalty kill.
The Senators had a series of two-on-one breaks while killing penalties, one which produced a spectacular glove-hand save by St. John’s netminder Michael Hutchinson, one which prompted many fans in the St. John’s end of the ice to stand and applaud.
And although Albert’s second goal officially came with the teams at even strength, it developed with St. John’s defenceman Ben Chiarot n the penalty box. Chiarot had just stepped out of the sin bin when Albert — who leads the AHL with six shorthanded goals — stole the puck from a Binghamton defender, skated around the victim of his thievery and then offered up a juke and deke to Nathan Lawson before slipping a shot past the B-Sens goalie.
Hutchinson made 26 saves for the win, while Lawson had 28 stops.
There were a total of 28 penalties handed out, resulting in 14 total power plays, including five for the Senators.
At one point, the Binghamton penalty box contained five players, so many that defenceman Michael Sdao, the last to arrive, chose to sit on the floor for a while because there was no room on the sin-bin bench.
Notes: Healthy scratches for St. John’s were forwards Josh Lunden and Austen Brassard, along with defenceman Cody Lampl … Binghamton scratches included defenceman and captain Mark Borowiecki, who is injured and not travelling with the team. Tyler Eckford, another experienced Binghamton blueliner, did not play because of illness … O’Dell’s penalty-shot goal, awarded when he was sent to the ice by Frederick Claesson on a breakaway early in the third period, was the second such tally for the IceCaps this season. Albert had the other one on Feb. 8 against the Worcester Sharks, a goal that came while St. John’s was shorthanded … Senators' forward Mark Stone drew an assist on his team’s second goal, extending his point-scoring streak to 12 games, the longest in the AHL this season … Goaltender Andrew Hammond, who had made his NHL debut Thursday with 35 minutes of shutout relief work for the Ottawa Senators in a 6-1 loss to Detroit, rejoined Binghamton Friday in St. John's. Hammond had been recalled to the parent team while Craig Anderson was in Florida for the birth of his second child... Friday's Molson Canadian three stars: 1. John Albert 2. Kael Mouillierat 3. Adam Lowry… The Mary Brown’s hardest-working IceCap: Kyle MacKinnon.