St. John's beats Worcester 3-1, finishes up road trip against Portland today
St. John’s IceCaps goalie Michael Hutchinson had no trouble keeping busy Saturday night in Worcester, Mass.
Hutchinson made 49 saves, the most ever by an IceCaps goalie, as St. John’s won its third straight American Hockey League game downing the Worcester Sharks 3-1
Kyle MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, John Albert scored his league-leading fifth shorthanded goal and Patrice Cormier was credited with the game-winner as the IceCaps beat the Sharks for a second night in a row. St. John’s had prevailed 5-1 in a Friday-night matchup between the teams at the DCU Center.
The IceCaps close out a six-game road trip with a game this afternoon (5:30 Newfoundland time) in Lewiston, Me., against the Portland Pirates. St. John’s is 3-1-1 so far on this New England swing, including a 7-5 victory over the Pirates on Tuesday night.
Saturday night in Worcester, the Sharks came out firing as they looked to end a four-game road trip. At one point in the first period, they were outshooting the IceCaps 17-1 and they wound up with a total of 22 shots in total in the opening frame, the most ever given up by St. John’s in a period. But Hutchinson stopped all of them and it was the IceCaps who opened the scoring late in the period, when Albert took a pass from MacKinnon, busted into the Sharks zone and swept past a Worcester defenceman before beating goalie Harri Sateri upstairs. It was Albert’s fourth shorthanded marker in the last seven games.
Sharks leading scorer Freddie Hamilton got the home side’s only goal 21 seconds into the second period, taking advantage of a turnover in the St. John’s zone, but the IceCaps retook the lead for good midway through the period when Cormier scored on a shot that appeared to go off a Worcester defender.
MacKinnon completed the scoring early in the final period , scoring his third goal, and seventh point, in as many games.
With the win, the IceCaps (31-19-4) move into fourth place in the AHL's Eastern Conference, but have little in the way of breathing room. The fifth-place Providence Bruins are just a point behind, and the Norfolk Admirals, who sit in ninth, are only four points back of St. John’s, with two games in hand.
Winger Josh Lunden, who has missed all but six games this season because of a concussion, was in the St. John’s lineup Saturday. It was his first game since Oct. 19 ... Kael Mouillierat (flu), Cody Lampl, and Austen Brassard are players who are travelling with the team and were scratches Saturday ... Shots on goal were 50-21 overall in favour of Worcester (23-24-1), which has been outscored 25-4 in a five-game losing streak … St. John’s went 0-for-7 on the power play but was perfect (6-for-6) on the penalty kill … St. John’s native Zach O’Brien scored the winner with 2:29 left in the game as the league-leading Manchester Monarchs completed a comeback from a 4-2 third-period deficit to beat Portland 5-4 Saturday ... The Molson Canadian three stars Saturday in Worcester: 1. Michael Hutchinson 2. Kyle MacKinnon 3. Rylan Schwartz … The Mary Brown’s hardest-working IceCap: Patrice Cormier ...