St. John's wins Game 3 by 5-3 score; teams play again Monday in Norfolk
The St. John’s IceCaps scored four third-period goals, including one by Jerome Samson which stood as the game-winner, to defeat the Norfolk Admirals 5-3 Saturday night and take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven American Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinal.
Game 4 of the Calder Cup playoff series in Monday night at Norfolk, with Game 5 also there on Tuesday.
At The Scope in southeastern Virginia, the Admirals carried a 2-1 lead into the third peril, but IceCaps rookie defenceman Josh Morrissey scored in the opening minute of the frame, sending a floating shot that found its way through lots of traffic and into the back of the net to bring St. John’s even.
Another rearguard, Ben Chiarot, gave St. John’s the lead at 8:48 with the first of three goals scored in a less than two-minute span.
The Admirals’ Josh Manson tied the game 48 seconds later, but Samson put the visitors back in front at 10:40.
Adam Lowry, into an empty net. finished off the scoring for St. John’s.
IceCaps’ centre Eric O’Dell opened the scoring on a power play midway through the first period, but Norfolk took a 2-1 lead into first intermission on late goals by Max Friberg and Jesse Blacker.
There was no scoring in a middle period that saw St. John’s muster just four shots to the Admirals’ 11.
IceCaps’ goalie Michael Hutchinson, now with a 5-2 record through the post-season, made 24 saves, while Norfolk’s Brad Thiessen made 26 stops. Thiessen was making his first start of the playoffs after John Gibson, the Admirals’ No. 1 goalie, was recalled to the parent Anaheim Ducks.
Gibson got the start for Anaheim Saturday night in Game 4 of the Ducks' second-round NHL playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings.
St. John's used the same lineup as it had in a 2-1 Game 2 victory at Mile One Centre Wednesday night ... The IceCaps’ five goals Saturday represented an outburst for them at The Scope. In its six previous games in Norfolk, including two playoff contests, St. John’s only managed six total goals while going 1-4-1 … Defenceman Zach Redmond had two assists for the IceCaps, giving him a team-leading six points in the playoffs, all on helpers … Skill forward Emerson Etem, recently sent to Norfolk by the Ducks, had an assist on Blacker’s goal … St. John’s went 1-4 on the power play, while Norfolk was 0-4 …The Molson Canadian game stars all came from that three-goals-in-two-minute outburst in the final period 1. Samson, 2. Chiarot, 3. Manson … The Mary Brown’s hardest-working IceCap: Andrew Gordon ... Attendance was listed as just under 4,000, which is something under half-capacity for The Scope …