Worcester edges St. John's 2-1 in rubber-match at Mile One Centre
It was a case of deja vu for the St. John's IceCaps Saturday night at Mile One Centre as they fell to the visiting Worcester Sharks in a shootout for the second straight game.
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The Sharks beat Jussi Olkinuora — making his first start in eight games and first in front of IceCaps fans at Mile One — twice in the shootout to earn the extra point and leave St. John's having taken two of three games from the IceCaps, all three of which required overtime or a shootout to decide a winner.
After the 'Caps took the opener of the three-game series 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday, the Sharks responded with a 3-2 shootout win on Friday night to set up Saturday's winner-take-all rubber match.
Travis Oleksuk and Brodie Reid, with the shootout-winner, tallied for Worcester after overtime solved nothing. Eric O'Dell had the IceCaps' lone shootout marker, with Jerome Samson, Kael Mouillierat, Andrew Gordon and Jason Jaffray missing. Jaffray had a chance to extend the shootout, but lost the handle as he moved in on Worcester netminder Harri Sateri. The IceCaps' captain also had a chance to win it on a breakaway with under four minutes to play in regulation, but couldn't get good wood on his shot.
Jerome Samson opened the scoring on the for the IceCaps in the first-period, taking a feed from Jaffray and beat Sateri on the blocker side a little over three minutes into the contest. It was Samson's fourth goal of the series. The power play goal was the IceCaps' fourth of the series and sixth in the last four games. St. John's had four more power plays before the first 12 minutes of the opening frame had expired, but were unable to light the lamp.
Worcester put 13 shots on Olkinuora in the second period, and finally solved the IceCaps' Finnish netminder on an odd-man rush at 7:49 of the third when Sebastien Stalberg sent a pass across the ice to a streaking Oleksuk who fooled Olkinoura and roofed under the crossbar.
Olkinuora, the game's second star, finished with 32 saves and stopped two of four in the shootout. Sateri, the game's first star, turned aside 24 to pick up his second straight win.