Syracuse beats St. John's 4-2
It was a bit of a black Friday for the St. John's IceCaps in upstate New York.
And it didn't mean they came away with any bargains.
Cedric Paquette scored the game-winner with less than four-and-a-half minutes remaining in the third period to give the Syracuse Crunch a 4-2 victory over the visiting IceCaps Friday night, ending St. John's two-game road winning streak.
For a the Crunch (10-7-2), the result snapped a five-game losing streak.
St. John's (10-9-3) will look to finish a six-game swing through the northeast U.S, on a positive note tonight when they take on the Binghamton Senators (8:35 p.m. NT). The IceCaps have won three of the first five games of their current trip.
For a while Friday, it looked like they might be able to to make it four.
Syracuse had taken a 2-0 lead on goals by former IceCap Ray Kaunisto in the first period and Geoff Walker on a power play in the second.
However, less than two minutes after Walker's tally, St. John's got on the board with its own man-advantage goal as captain Jason Jaffray took a pass from Andrew Gordon and fired a shot past Syracuse goalie Cedric Desjardins. And just 23 seconds later, the IceCaps' JC Lipon knotted the score with his fourth of the season after being set up by linemate and fellow rookie Adam Lowry, who had stripped a Syracuse defender of the puck.
But the momentum St. John's had rapidly generated with the two quick goals resulted in nothing more in the way of scoring, and it was Syracuse which regained the lead at 15:36 of the third when Paquette scored from a scramble in front of IceCaps' netminder Eddie Pasquale and got an insurance marker in the game's final minute when Danick Gauthier scored into an empty net.
Pasquale finished with 33 saves, while Desjardins had 26.
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St. John's IceCaps 2 at Syracuse Crunch 4
Friday at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena
St. John's 0 2 0 - 2
Syracuse 1 1 2 - 4
1, Syracuse, Kaunisto 1 (Langelier-Parent, Neilson), 18:10.
Penalties: Cormier Stj (fighting), 1:15; Korobov Syr (fighting), 1:15; Sergeev Syr (cross-checking), 4:50; Gordon Stj (hooking), 4:52; Klingberg Stj (holding), 6:35.
2, Syracuse, Walker 2 (Paquette, Korobov), 12:10 (PP). 3, St. John's, Jaffray 7 (Gordon, Redmond), 13:52 (PP). 4, St. John's, Lipon 4 (Lowry), 14:15.
Penalties: Kaunisto Syr (hooking), 2:06; Lipon Stj (roughing), 11:31; served by Walker Syr (bench minor - too many men), 13:15; Jaffray Stj (tripping), 19:10; Connolly Syr (tripping), 19:10.
5, Syracuse, Paquette 5 (Devos, Gauthier), 15:36. 6, Syracuse, Gauthier 3 (Connolly), 19:05 (EN).
Penalties: Hill Stj (hooking), 4:55; Connolly Syr (slashing), 6:10; Fredheim Stj (interference), 8:30; Kichton Stj (boarding), 13:27.
Shots on Goal
St. John's 10-8-10-28. Syracuse 13-11-13-37.
St. John's 1/4; Syracuse 1/6.
St. John's, Pasquale 9-8-1 (36 shots-33 saves). Syracuse, Desjardins 4-5-1 (28 shots-26 saves).
Referees: Nic Leduc (12), Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen: Brian Oliver (74), Francis Trempe (56).