The St. John’s IceCaps snapped a two-game losing streak and evened their record to 2-2 on a current six-game road trip with a 5-1 win over the Portland Pirates Wednesday night in Lewiston, Me.
Goalie Eddie Pasquale stopped 32 of 33 shots for his third win against four losses, and St. John’s got a two-goal, one-assist game from Carl Klingberg.
Klingberg scored the only goal of the first period, beating Mark Visentin 2:20 in for his second marker on the year, with Andrew Gordon and Brenden Kichton drawing assists.
A three-goal second period by the IceCaps sealed the victory. John Albert got things going at 4:39, also with his second on the year, with Klingberg drawing an assist.
Jason Jaffray scored on a blast at the 12:30 mark, and Andrew Gordon netted his fifth of the year at 14:16 with Jaffray and Kichton registering the assists.
Gordon’s goal chased Visentin from the Pirates’ net in favour of Louis Dominque.
Brendan Yip finally got the Pirates on the scoreboard in the third period, beating Pasquale at the 12:40 mark. Klingberg netted his second 1:16 later to restore the IceCaps’ lead, one they would not relinquish.
The IceCaps play the Pirates again Friday night, before closing out the road trip Saturday afternoon in Worcester, Mass., against the Sharks.
It looks like they’ll have centre Patrice Cormier for those contests. Earlier Wednesday, the parent Winnipeg Jets announced they are returning Cormier to St. John’s.