IceCaps drop heartbreaker to Monarchs

Kenn Oliver
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Manchester tally short-handed in waning seconds to beat St. John's 3-2

With 14 seconds remaining and the IceCaps on a power-play, the Manchester Monarchs' Brad O'Neill stole the puck, skated in on a breakaway and decked Eddie Pasquale blocker side with a short-handed marker to seal a 3-2 win.

The St. John's IceCaps' John Albert (16) is upended by Manchester Monarchs defenceman Jeff Schultz (55) during first-period action of their American Hockey League game at Mile One Centre on Saturday night. The Monarchs came away witha  3-2 win.
 

With 14 seconds remaining and the IceCaps on a power-play, the Manchester Monarchs' Brian O'Neill stole the puck, skated in on a breakaway and beat Eddie Pasquale blocker side with a short-handed marker to seal a 3-2 win.

St. John's was poised to pick up at least a point and come away from the weekend with three after scoring the equalizer in the third period.

"I thought we did a lot of real good things, but that's a real tough way to not be able to get at least one point out of that game," coach Keith McCambridge said afterward.

Also scoring for the Eastern Conference-leading Monarchs (9-2-1-2) were Hunter Bishop and Andy Andreoff.

Kyle Mouillierat and Patrice Cormier replied for the IceCaps, the latter adding an assist, and Eric O'Dell had two helpers to finish off a five-point weekend.

Martin Jones turned aside 31 of 33 shots against, 25 over the first two frames, for his league-leading 9th win of the season. Eddie Pasquale was solid in net for the IceCaps, making 31 saves.

The loss leaves St. John's with a 6-7-1-0 record and marks the third time this season the IceCaps have split a two-game set at Mile One Centre.

Cormier opened the scoring late in the opening stanza, collecting O'Dell's rebound and beating Jones for his first goal of the campaign.

The Monarchs tied things up shortly after when Andreoff gobbled up a loose puck and sent it past Pasquale. Manchester made it 2-1 at 15:09 of the second on Bishop's marker.

Early in the third, the IceCaps gained the zone, set up in front of Jones and Mouillierat was able to pocket a rebound from another O'Dell point shot.

The IceCaps are back in action at home Wednesday, when they play the first of three games against the Eastern Conference bottom-dwelling Worcester Sharks (3-5-0-0) at 7:30 p.m.

More on the IceCaps-Monarchs series in Monday's edition of The Telegram.

Organizations: IceCaps, Monarchs

Geographic location: St. John's, Manchester

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