In a game that featured a little bit of just about everything — and for the St. John’s IceCaps, almost all of it good — the hometown IceCaps defeated the visiting Binghamton Senators 6-2 in American Hockey League play at Mile One Centre Friday night.
John Albert and Kael Mouillierat each scored twice for St. John’s (33-19-4), which has won five in a row. Adam Lowry and Eric O’Dell, the latter on a third-period penalty shot, also scored for the IceCaps, who will host the Senators (33-18-4) in a rematch tonight at Mile One.
Buddy Robinson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau replied with third-period tallies for Binghamton, which continues to lead the AHL’s East Division despite having lost three games in a row.
Albert and Mouillierat each had power-play markers for St. John’s, which enjoyed nine man-advantage opportunities. But even though there were no shorthanded goals, many of the game’s best offensive opportunities came from players on the penalty kill.
The Senators had a series of two-on-one breaks while killing penalties, one which produced a spectacular glove-hand save by St. John’s netminder Michael Hutchinson, a feat of robbery that prompted many fans in the St. John’s end of the ice to stand and applaud.
And although Albert’s second goal officially came with the teams at even strength, it developed with St. John’s defenceman Ben Chiarot n the penalty box. Chiarot had just stepped out of the sin bin when Albert — who leads the AHL with six shorthanded goals — stole the puck from a Binghamton defender and then skated past him before slipping a backhand shot behind B-Sens goalie Nathan Lawson.
Hutchinson made 26 saves for the win, while Lawson had 28 stops.
There were a total of 28 penalties handed out, resulting in 14 total power plays, including five for the Senators.
At one point, the Binghamton penalty box contained five players, so many that defenceman Michael Sdao, the last to arrive, had to sit on the floor because there was no room on the bench.