Michael Hutchinson turns aside 30 shots for shutout
The St. John’s IceCaps turned in their most dominating performance of the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs Wednesday night, thumping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5-0 for a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference final.
St John’s IceCaps captain Jason Jaffray (right) celebrates a goal with teammate Andrew Gordon (10) in the first period against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Wednesday. The IceCaps skated to a 5-0 victory to take a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. — Photo by Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice
Michael Hutchinson stopped 30 shots for his second shutout on the year, Eric O’Dell collected a goal and an assist and Andrew Gordon had three assists before 3,553 fans at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The win also produced a pair of power play goals for the IceCaps, who were zero-for-eight entering last night’s tilt.
The IceCaps, who split with the Penguins last Saturday and Sunday night at Mile One Centre, have a chance to grab a 3-1 lead in the series and edge closer to a Calder Cup championship final appearance.
Patrice Cormier, Jason Jaffray and Kael Mouillierat also scored for the winners.
Cormier, one of three IceCaps forwards who have appeared in all 12 post season games, but without a goal entering last night’s tilt, finally registered on the scoreboard, tapping in a power play tally 11:24 in on a nice setup from rookie rearguard Josh Morrissey.
Just under two minutes later, it was Jaffray cashing in on some good work by Gordon for his third goal.
O’Dell started the second-period assault 1:35 after the drop of the puck, scoring his eighth goal — which ties him with Gordon for the team lead — and ended when Redmond blasted a one-timer from the blueline with one-tenth of a second left on the clock.
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That came after the Penguins iced the puck, and it sandwiched Mouillierat’s third goal, also a power play tally with the Penguins’ Zach Sill and Tom Kostopoulos in the penalty box.
The IceCaps chased Peter Mannino from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goal after the second period, scoring five goals on 24 shots. Matt Murray, who played this season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, stopped eight shots in the third period.
The teams go at it again 8:35 (NL time) tonight.
Texas took a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference final by edging the Toronto Marlies 3-2.
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