It's 1-1 after two periods at Mile One

Brendan McCarthy
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The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have had the edge in play by a wide margin over the St. John's IceCaps, but it's still 1-1 after two periods at Mile One Centre in Game 2 of their AHL Eastern Conference semifinal.

The teams exchanged power-play goals in the first period — Eric Tangradi scoring for Wilkes-Barre and Ben Maxwell getting credit for the IceCaps' marker.

It may be even on the scoreboard, the most important measuring stick, but all other indicators are pointed in favour of Wilkes-Barre, which is looking to tie the series after losing Tuesday's Game 1 by a 3-1 score. Shots on goal are 28-11 in favour of WBS and were 17-5 for the visitors in a scoreless second period.

The packed house at Mile One was chanting "Eddie's better!" at one point and IceCaps' goalie Eddie Pasquale indeed has been the difference in this one, although the Penguins' Brad Thiessen has had to make a couple of key saves, including shutting down John Albert on a breakaway, perhaps the only offensive highlight for the home side in the middle frame.In fact, of the 40 minutes of hockey played to this point, St. John's can only honestly say it's had the edge in five of them, that coming at the end of the first period when the IceCaps got their only goal.

bmcc@thetelegram.com

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Organizations: IceCaps, Penguins

Geographic location: Wilkes-Barre, St. John's

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