The St. John’s IceCaps finally got some revenge from last spring as they handed the Norfolk Admirals a 3-2 loss Saturday evening.
The Admirals entered the game winning 32-consecutive regular season games dating back to February 5th 2012 when the team beat the Springfield Falcons. Norfolk was also responsible for ending the IceCaps playoffs run last season as they swept St. John’s in four games of the Eastern Conference Final.
The IceCaps proved to be the better team early in the game as they fired 16-shots on Admirals goaltender Frederik Andersen in the opening frame. The game however stood at 0-0 after the first period as Andersen stood tall for Norfolk.
St. John’s took a 1-0 lead in the second period as Zach Redmond picked up a loose puck in front of the net and beat Andersen for his third of the season at 11:33. The IceCaps would then add to their lead just under 2-minutes later on the powerplay as Captain Jason Jaffray scored his first goal since returning from injury last March for the 2-0 lead.
But, before the period was up Norfolk would cut the lead in half as Devante Smith-Pelly knocked home a loose puck with just under a minute remaining in the second for a 2-1 score.
Eric O’Dell then tallied his third goal of the season in the third period as he scooped a loose puck up from the corner and beat Andersen for a 3-1 IceCaps lead.
Sami Vatanen would respond for the Admirals with just under 5-minutes remaining in the game as he blasted a puck past IceCaps netminder Mark Dekanich to cut the lead to one. But, that’s as close as the Admirals would get, as Dekanich turned aside 15 shots in the period to preserve the 3-2 victory.
St. John’s fired 43-shots on net during the game while Norfolk managed 30. Norfolk failed to score the first goal of the game for the first time this season.
Both teams will square off again tomorrow afternoon in St. John’s at 4:00 NST.