Crunch beat IceCaps 1-0 in Clarenville

Brendan McCarthy
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Result means Lightning's farm team takes Mary's Cup for a third straight year

Geoff Walker had the game's lone goal and Riku Helenius made 25 saves for the shutout as the Syracuse Crunch defeated the St. John's IceCaps 1-0 at the Clarenville Events Centre Saturday evening.
With the result, the Crunch, who won 5-2 Thursday night at Mile One Centre in St. John's, are guaranteed to win the three-game Mary's Cup pre-game tournament.
It's the third straight year that the AHL farm team of Tampa Bay Lightning has taken the exhibition tourney played in Newfoundland. The Norfolk Admirals prevailed in 2011, while the Crunch won last year.

The third and final game of the tourney will be played 4 p.m. Sunday at Mile One.

Walker scored the game's lone goal late the opening frame — with less than 10 seconds on the clock — scoring on a five-on-three power play. 

IceCaps' goalies Jussi Olkinuora, who played the opening two periods, and Adam Brown combined for 24 saves, with Brown stopping all eight shots he faced in the third period.

There were many changes in the IceCaps' lineup from Thursday, with Andrew Gordon, Ben Chiarot and rookies Austen Brassard and JC Lipon among the players inserted in a St. John's lineup. that featured many rookies and tryout players.

St. John's native and tryout centre Zach O'Brien was in the IceCaps' starting lineup for a second straight game.

The Crunch, with just 20 players in Newfoundland, had the same lineup as Thursday.

The game's three stars were, one to three, Walker, Gordon and Helenius. Rookie forward Lipon, who got the best of Phiilippe Paradis in a third-period fight, was the Mary Brown's hardest-working IceCap.

Organizations: IceCaps, CJYQ 930 AM

Geographic location: St. John's, Clarenville, Newfoundland

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