The Canadian Press—St. John's
One night after Eddie Pasquale put on a spectacular performance but didn't get the win, he made another big effort and got some help from his team in return.
Pasquale made 40 saves as the St. John's IceCaps shut out the Providence Bruins 6-0 in American Hockey League action Sunday.
The win came after Pasquale stopped 38 in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins on Saturday. The second time around, Pasquale said he had a clear look at the shots fired.
"They were throwing a lot in the third," Pasquale said.
"I looked up and I didn't have any shots like halfway through the third period and then they just threw everything at the net. The guys did a lot in front of me. They were clearing lanes and clearing pucks, they made it look a lot easier for me tonight."
Derek Meech had a goal and two assists for the IceCaps (8-9-1), while Derek Whitmore, Carl Klingberg, Maxime Macenauer, John Albert and Paul Postma also scored. Spencer Machacek added three assists.
Pasquale got the much-needed offensive support the team has lacked for him at times, as the IceCaps have been shut out in four of his losses this season.
"We haven't been scoring a lot of goals and to come out when it was 2-0 going into the third, and we win 6-0, that shows the guys in the room, they came out hard in the third period and we didn't want to be denied tonight," said Pasquale.
St. John's rode a hot power play, scoring three goals on six attempts. The Bruins failed to score on five chances with the man advantage.
The IceCaps had goals from several players who have not lived up to expectations this season, including Whitmore.
Whitmore, who scored 27 and 28 goals the last two AHL seasons, said it has been a frustrating year for him and a few of the other players.
"I was brought here to produce offensively, and I haven't been able to do that so far in the first six or seven games that I played in," he said. "Once that starts happening, you start thinking and over-thinking the game a little bit, and that's when you get in more trouble."
St. John's dominated the first period more than the 1-0 lead and 12-7 shot advantage suggest. The IceCaps possessed the puck for a large majority of the period, even on the 5-on-3 penalty they killed.
A large part of that kill was thanks to a sensational effort from Alex Burmistrov, who skated into the Bruins' zone and eluded several of their players while killing time.
IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge said St. John's was consistent in their intensity throughout the game, something that has alluded them this season.
"I thought the competing for those loose pucks was there," said McCambridge. "When we went in for battles, we went there with authority. When we went to the front of the net, we went there with a purpose."
Meech scored the opening goal at 5:26 of the first period on a booming point shot.
Providence came out with a strong second period, but fell another goal down to St. John's on Whitmore's goal at 11:54 of the period.
Klingberg put the IceCaps up 3-0 with a one-timed wrist shot into the top corner just 1:42 into the third period.
Macenauer put a shot through traffic at 4:18 to extend the lead for St. John's.
Albert added to the rout when he drove to the net and put home a goal that trickled through Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg at 7:50.
Postma scored at 13:12 when he pinched in on the power play and buried a shot.
Svedberg had 31 saves for the Bruins.