Line of O'Dell, Jaffray and Klingberg leads St. John's to 5-1 win at Norfolk
Eric O’Dell scored twice and team captain Jason Jaffray added a goal and two assists as the St. John’s IceCaps downed the Norfolk Admirals 5-1 Monday night in Norfolk, Va., to move to within one win of advancing in the American Hockey League Calder Cup playoffs.
The IceCaps, who led 4-0 by the five-minute mark of the second period Monday, would move to the AHL Eastern Conference final with a victory tonight (8:45 p.m. NT) at The Norfolk Scope.
Carl Klingberg, playing on a recently-constituted line with O’Dell and Jaffray, had the game-opening goal on a deflection four minutes into the game and tagged on an assist for St. John’s to get on the scoresheet for the first time in the the post-season. IceCaps' defencemen Josh Morrissey and Will O’Neill also had two-point games, each with a pair of assists.
Jerome Samson had the other goal for the IceCaps, who have won three straight after losing the opening game of the best-of-seven series.
Michael Hutchinson made 28 saves for his sixth win against two losses this playoff season.
Andre Petersson had the lone goal for the home side, while Brad Thiessen faced 28 shots in the Admirals' net.
Norfolk has given up five goals in two straight games after the recall of star rookie goalie John Gibson to the parent Anaheim Ducks. Gibson had surrendered just three goals in the first two games of the IceCaps-Admirals series.
The IceCaps had no lineup changes, dressing the same 20 players they’ve used through the entire series … O’Dell-Jaffray-Klingberg line swept the Molson Canadian three-selections, in that order …. Jaffray and defenceman Zach Redmond each were plus-three on the night for the IceCaps …St. John’s defencemen Morrissey (2-4), Redmomd (0-6) and O’Neill (0-6) each have a half-dozen playoff points and are tied for the team post-season scoring lead with Jaffray … Monday’s Mary Brown hardest-working IceCap award went to defenceman and shot-blocking demon Jason Hill … St. John’s was 1-7 on the power play, while Norfolk was 1-5 … Announced attendance was 2,112 … The IceCaps have scored the first goal in eight of their nine playoff goals this spring, winning seven of those contests.