Admirals down IceCaps 3-1 in series-opener

Brendan McCarthy
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Norfolk goalie Gibson makes 42 saves

Star rookie goaltender John Gibson made 42 saves and John Kurtz scored the winning goal at the seven-minute mark of the third period as the Norfolk Admirals edged the St. John’s IceCaps 3-1 in Game 1 of their American Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinal Tuesday night at Mile One Centre.

 

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Rookie Nic Kerlides had the other goals for the eighth-seeded Admirals, one in the first period and another on an empty-netter.

Andrew Gordon, with his fourth goal of the Calder Cup playoffs, had the lone marker for St. John’s. It came at 3:20 of the third period to tie the score 1-1.

But the Admirals got the winner less than four minutes later. IceCaps' goalie Michael Hutchinson made a save, but gave up a short rebound in the crease. St. John's couldn't clear and Kurtz got his stick on the loose puck and put it behind Hutchinson.

Hutchinson finished with 24 saves.

St. John’s, the fourth — and highest-remaining — seed in the conference, went zero-for-five on the power play, although Gordon’s goal came just one second after the expiration of a Norfolk penalty.

The Admirals didn’t score on two power-play opportunities.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series goes 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mile One.

Notes

St. John's went back to a lineup of six defencemen and 12 forwards, including rookie centre Adam Lowry, who saw his first playoff action this spring after dealing with the flu and tonsilitis ... IceCaps' defenceman Kris Fredheim is listed day-to-day after suffering an injury in Game 4 of the opening-round series win over Albany and di not play Tuesday ... Gibson was Tuesday's unquestioned first star. He has given up just seven goals on 157 shots through Norfolk's five post-season games ...

Geographic location: Norfolk

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