O'Dell registers hat trick
O'Dell had three goals, Jerome Samson also had a three-point night and Eddie Pasqaule made 36 saves as St. John's IceCaps downed the Providence Bruins 5-1 in American Hockey League play at Mile One Centre Saturday night.
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St. John's IceCaps centre Eric O'Dell (right) shadows Providence Bruins' defencman Joe Morrow during AHL action at Mile One Centre in St. John's Saturday night. O'Dell had three goals as the Icecaps won their first game of the 2013-14 AHL season, defeating the Bruins 5-1.
With their first victory of the just-started 2013-14 AHL campaign, the IceCaps took away three points from a two-game season-opening series with the P-Bruins, who had won 4-3 in overtime Friday night.
O'Dell, who has four goals on the young season, completed his hat trick with an empty-netter. Samson had a goal — his first as an IceCap — and two assists, while rookie defenceman Brenden Kichton had his first pro tally and a helper.
Also with two-point nights were rearguards Ben Chiarot and Will O'Neill, and O'Dell's linemate, Kael Mouillierat.
Joe Morrow was the lone Bruin to beat Pasquale, who looked to be screened on the defenceman's shot from the point.
Malcolm Subban, the 2012 first-round draft choice of the parent Boston Bruins, made 36 saves for Providence in his first pro start.
The IceCaps don't play again until Friday, when they take on the Bulldogs in Hamilton in the first game of a short, two-game road trip that finishes up Saturday in Toronto against the Marlies.
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