Carl Klingberg scored twice in the first period and Michael Hutchinson made 33 saves as the St. John’s IceCaps downed the Worcester Sharks 5-1 in American Hockey League action Friday night in Worcester, Mass.
Jason Jaffray, Blair Riley and Kyle MacKinnon also scored for St. John’s (30-19-4), which takes on the Sharks in Worcester again tonight (8:30 p.m. NT) before finishing up a six-game road trip by facing the Portland Pirates Sunday afternoon in Lewiston, Me.
Defencemen Zach Redmond, who finished the night with a plus-four rating, and Jordan Hill each had two assists for St. John’s
Sean Acolatse’s power-play goal was all the offence mustered by the Sharks (23-23-4), who have lost four straight games and have been outscored 22-3 in that stretch.
The win gives the IceCaps’ 64 points, the same as the Hershey Bears, who sit fourth in the AHL’s Eastern Conference but have two games in hand on St. John’s. The race for playoff positions in the conference is an incredibly tight one, with just two points separating the fourth-place Bears and ninth-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
IceCaps’ leading scorer Kael Mouillierat missed the game with the flu that has been going around the dressing room. Even though Mouillierat didn’t play, he picked up a couple of points (goal and assist) because of scoring changes in recent games. He how is credited with 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points… Other IceCaps scratches included defencemen Cody Lampl and forward Josh Lunden, who are travelling with the team. Forward Ryan Schnell and defenceman Kris Fredheim are injured and not on the road trip. Goalie Eddie Pasquale is also listed as a scratch, but is done for the season after opting for hip surgery ... The Molson Canadian three stars Friday: 1. Carl Klingberg 2. Zach Redmond 3. Michael Hutchinson… Brian Rogers’ selection as the Mary Brown’s hardest-working IceCap: Jordan Hill.