IceCaps extend winning streak to five games

Brendan McCarthy
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St. John's scores team-record five power-play goals in 7-4 win over Portland

It may have been a case where the Pirates scuttled themselves.
The St. John’s IceCaps scored a-team record five power-play goals on 10 opportunities provided by the the Portland Pirates as they downed Portland 7-4 in American Hockey League play at Lewiston, Me., Friday night, a result that extended the IceCaps’ winning streak to a five games, their longest so far this season. 

 

Jerome Samson scored twice, while John Albert had a goal and two assists for St. John’s (25-16-3), which has won seven of its last eight games and eight of its last 10.

Brenden Kichton, Jason Jaffray, Adam Lowry and Will O’Neill had the other goals for St. John’s, which will look for a perfect finish to a five-game road trip with a victory over the Manchester Monarchs tonight (8:30 p.m. NT) in southern New Hampshire. The IceCaps have averaged more than five goals per outing in winning the first four games of their swing through New England, outscoring the opposition 21-11.

It wasn’t a great start for St. John’s Friday as the Pirates scored on their first shot of the game, Phil Lane getting the puck past Michael Hutchinson just 18 seconds in. But Kichton tied it with a power-play goal late in the period and Samson, with his first of the game, put St. John’s up 2-1 with another man-advantage tally early in the second.

Not everything was rosy for the St. John’s power play in the game. Late in the second period, Brandon MacMillan of Portland got credit for a shorthanded goal — the 10th the IceCaps have given up this season — one which tied the game at 3-3. But on the same man-advantage, Jaffray scored to give his team the lead for good.

Jordan Szwarz and Lucas Lessio had the other goals for the Pirates (16-17-9), which was one-for-six on the power play.

Hutchinson, who has started every game of the IceCaps’ five-game win streak, made 33 saves. Mark Visentin made 26 stops for Portland. 

Notes

The IceCaps remain in seventh place in the AHL’s Eastern Conference, a point behind the Albany Devils and Norfolk Admirals and a point up on the Hershey Bears and Providence Bruins ... Kichton added an assist to remain tied with Kael Mouillierat for the team scoring lead, each with 37 points. Mouillierat had two assists Friday, as did Andrew Gordon, Ben Chiarot and JC Lipon ... Samson’s two goals give him a team-high 16 on the season ... O’Neill has points in five straight games (1-4-5) ...  Not dressed for St. John’s Friday were forwards Austen Brassard, Ryan Schnell and Josh Lunden, and defenceman Kris Fredheim. Lunden hasn’t played since October because of a concussion and Fredheim is expected to be out for at least four weeks with a shoulder injury ... IceCaps’ head coach Keith McCambridge used a lineup with seven defencemen, including Paul Postma, assigned to the IceCaps this week on a conditioning loan by parent Winnipeg Jets, and Julian Melchiori, who returned to the lineup after missing eight games. Postma, making his first appearance for St. John’s in more than a year, had an assist ... In a press release Friday, the IceCaps said that due to the recent fire that destroyed the CJYQ 930 AM (This is Newfoundland Labrador) radio transmitter, that radio broadcasts of the team's games will be only be available online for a week. Fans can listen to games through the IceCaps' website (www.stjohnsicecaps.com) or through the various Steele Communications websites ... The Molson Canadian three stars Friday were all IceCaps: 1. Samson 2. Chiarot 3. Albert … Brian Rogers’ choice as the Mary Brown’s hardest-working IceCap: Kyle MacKinnon ... 

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Organizations: IceCaps, Hershey Bears, Winnipeg Jets CJYQ 930 AM Steele Communications Molson

Geographic location: Portland, St. John's, New Hampshire New England

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