IceCaps unleash a storm of goals in second period as they outlast Pirates 7-5

Brendan McCarthy
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St. John's sets team record with six goals in middle frame

There was a blizzard outside the Adroscoggin Bank Colisee and a flurry of scoring inside the building Tuesday night as the St. John’s IceCaps set team records for goals in a period and shots in game en route to a 7-5 American Hockey League win over the Portland Pirates Tuesday night in Lewiston. Me.

The result snapped a three-game losing streak for the IceCaps (29-19-4), who got two goals each from Andrew Gordon and John Albert in what was a six-goal second period for St. John’s.

The winners also got markers from Kyle MacKinnon, Eric O’Dell and Brenden Kichton.

Gordon had two assists for a four-point night, while Albert picked up a helper for three points. Their linemate, team captain Jason Jaffray, had two assists.

Lucas Lessio with two, Rotislav Kesla, Andy Miele and Brett Hextall had the goals for Portland (19-22-9).

Michael Hutchinson made 24 saves in the St. John’s net, while the IceCaps totalled a team record 49 shots against Mark Visentin and Louis Domingue. Visentin started for Portland, giving up all seven IceCaps goals on 37 shots. He was replaced at the start of the third by Domingue, who stopped all 12 shots he faced.

The game was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes — Kesla and MacKinnon having exchanged first-period markers —  but the middle frame saw St. John’s turn up its offence, scoring a half-dozen times and launching 23 shots, tying an IceCaps record for a single period.

By the time the period was over, St. John’s led 7-3. The Pirates made things a little more interesting with goals by Lessio and Hextall in the final period, but saw their modest two-game winning streak end.

Announced attendance for Tuesday’s game was 1,618, although observers suggested there was less than a quarter of that number actually in attendance as nearly a foot of snow fell in areas of southern Maine.

With their win, the IceCaps have 62 points, the same as the Norfolk Admirals, who sit sixth in the AHL’s Eastern Conference and have a game in hand on St. John’s.

The IceCaps are 1-1-1 on what will be a six-game road trip that concludes this weekend with games in Worcester, Mass., against the Sharks Friday and Saturday, and a return engagement with the Pirates Sunday afternoon in Lewiston. 


Albert’s first goal came while the IceCaps were killing a penalty. It was the third-year pro’s third shorthanded goal in four games... Kichton’s goal early in the second period came on the power play, snapping St. John’s 0-for-19 futility streak with the man advantage ... With 18 markers on the season, Gordon has taken over the IceCaps’ team lead in goals ... With centre Patrice Cormier suffering from the flu, the IceCaps went with a lineup of 11 forwards and seven defencemen Tuesday ... Including the 22 shots they had in the middle frame of last Sunday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Manchester, St. John’s has chalked up 45 second-period shots in its last two games ...  Goulds native and rookie defenceman James Melindy was a healthy scratch for Portland ... There were four fights Tuesday, including a couple involving the IceCaps’ Blair Riley and the Pirates’ Darian Dziurzynski ...  Between the IceCaps and Pirates, there was a total of 96 penalty minutes Tuesday, but that was a far cry from the 304 PIMs racked up by Portland and Adirondack Phantoms Sunday afternoon in Lewiston, where the Pirates won 2-0 in a game that featured a two-part brawl in the last minute of the game. The league handed out six suspensions as a result, but just one to a Pirates player — Kyle Hagel got two games and began serving his penance Tuesday. Adirondack players suspended include veteran centre Kris Newbury (four games), goaltender Cal Heeter (three games), winger Zack FitzGerald (two games), centre Ben Holmstrom (one game) and winger Tye McGinn (one game) ... It would be tough to find a hockey fan in St. John’s who won’t be cheering for Canada in its Olympic men’s hockey quarter-final agains Latvia today, but there should be more than a few who will be happy to see Latvian defenceman and former IceCap Arturs Kulda playing on a big hockey stage ... Tuesday’s Molson Canadian three stars: 1. Albert, St. John’s; 2. Gordon, St. John’s; 3. Lessio, Portland ... The Mary Brown’ hardest-working IceCap: JC Lipon ...



First Period

1. Portland, Klesla 2 (McMillan, Martinook) 9:00

2. St. John’s, MacKinnon 5 (Riley, Lipon) 11:29

Penalties — Hill SJs (hooking) 3:16, Klingberg SJs (high sticking) 13:15, Rieder Por (hooking) 13:48, Shinnimin Por (elbowing) 14:15, Martinook Por (high sticking) 18:18


Second Period

3. St. John’s, Gordon 17 (Redmond, Albert) :23

4. St. John’s, Kichton 10 (Jaffray, Gordon) 1:24 (pp)

5. Portland, Miele 20 (Brown, Gormley) 2:35 (pp)

6. St. John’s, O’Dell 13 (Klingberg, Mouillierat) 8:37

7. St. John’s, Gordon 18 (Jaffray, McKinnon) 13:17

8. Portland, Lessio 15 (Klesla, Summers) 13:37

9. St. John’s, Albert 11 16:04 (sh)

10. St. John’s, Albert 12 (Gordon, Hill) 18:42

Penalties — Murphy Por (hooking) :56, MacKinnon SJs (boarding) 2:11, Dziurzynski Por (unsportsmanlike conduct) 4:20, Riley SJs, Dziurzynski Por (fighting, misconducts) 9:52, Lipon SJs, Lane Por (fighting) 12:45, Hill SJs (tripping) 14:14


Third Period

11. Portland, Lessio 16 (Shinnimin, Todd) 8:54 (pp)

11. Portland, Hextall 8 (Todd, Lessio) 14:02

Penalties — Lipon SJs (hooking) 2:03, Yip Por (goaltender interference) 2:20, Shinnimin Por (slashing) 6:21, Chiarot SJs (fighting), Miele Por (fighting, misconduct) 7:16, Riley SJs (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), Dziurzynski Por (fighting) 8:28, 

Shots on goal by

St. John’s 14-23-12 —49

Portland    7-10-12 — 29

Goalies — St. John’s: Hutchinson (W, 8-4-1); Portland: Visentin (L, 12-16-4, 37 shots, 30 saves), Domingue, (0:00 of the 3rd period, 12 shots, 12 saves)

Power plays (goal-chances) — St. John’s: 1-7; Portland: 2-6

Referee — Tim Mayer

Linesmen — Landon Bathe, Jeremy Lovett

Attendance — 1,618 at the Adroscoggin Bank Colisee, Lewiston

Organizations: IceCaps, American Hockey League, Adroscoggin Bank Colisee Portland Pirates Molson

Geographic location: Portland, Lewiston, St. John's Southern Maine Worcester, Mass. Manchester Goulds Canada Latvia

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  • Kyle Abbott
    February 19, 2014 - 10:48

    Great for them for scoring 7, but shouldn't the five that they gave up be a little worrisome as well?