Register come-from-behind win over Pirates
By Robin Short
Telegram Sports Editor
The St. John’s IceCaps scored twice in the third period to register a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Portland Pirates in American Hockey League play Saturday night at Mile One Centre.
The victory follows a 7-4 Portland decision Friday night that snapped a nine-game IceCaps win streak.
Josh Lunden, who missed the first half of the season to a concussion, picked a good time to net his first goal of the year, scoring the winner at 13:02 of the third period in only his 11th game.
Andrew Gordon, with his team-leading 21st goal, and Carl Klingberg also scored for the IceCaps. Brandon Yip and Jordan Szwarz replied for the Pirates.
The result also made a winner of Tyler Beskorowany, who stopped 29 shots to register his first win at Mile One Centre.
Beskorowany was pressed into service when Michael Hutchinson was summoned to the parent Winnipeg Jets to replace an ailing Ondrej Pavelec.
He joined John Albert and Eric O’Dell, already on recall to Winnipeg. Patrice Cormier also did not play for St. John’s Saturday night as he was recalled to Winnipeg earlier in the day.
The Hutchinson callup meant the IceCaps signed Ryan Mior to an amateur tryout contract to backup Beskorowany. Mior, from St. John’s, was the MVP in the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League’s East Division this season toiling for the Mount Pearl H.J. Bartlett Blades.
The game ends a seven-game homestand for the 38-20-1-3 IceCaps, who now prepare to hit the road for six games beginning Friday in Hartford, Conn.