IceCaps edge Admirals in Game 2 to even series at 1-1
ST. JOHN’S, Nl. – Two second period power play goals proved to be enough for the IceCaps to topple the Admirals in a 2-1 Game 2 victory Wednesday night at Mile One Centre. St. John’s evens the semifinal at one game apiece as the series heads to Norfolk for Games 3, 4 and 5.
Gibson (4-2-0) surrendered two goals on 41 shots as his counterpart Michael Hutchinson (4-2-0) saved 32 Norfolk attempts on net in a winning effort.
Neither club cracked the scoreboard through the first 20 minutes, but St. John’s did on two occasions in the initial 5:33 of the second period. Rookie Josh Morrissey entered the Admirals’ zone on the power play and snapped a shot from the left wing off Gibson’s right elbow that fell into the net at 2:48.
As Matt Bailey sat in the box for a high-sticking double minor, the IceCaps struck again. The captain Jason Jaffray stepped in front of a pass in the right circle before turning and firing a shot past Gibson to make it 2-0 at the 5:33 mark of the middle frame. St. John’s brought the two-goal lead into the final period.
Halfway through the third, Chris Wagner cut the IceCap lead in half on the power play. Hutchinson lost track of the puck as it reappeared behind him and a diving Wagner jammed it across the goal line. A desperate goal lit the lamp for Norfolk at 10:07 and suddenly St. John’s clung to a one-goal lead.
Despite a frantic effort in the final minutes, the Admirals didn’t solve Hutchinson again and St. John’s escaped with a 2-1 victory to tie the series at 1-1. For the second game in a row, the IceCaps tested Gibson over 40 times, scoring on two shots within three minutes of each other.
The series heads to Norfolk for Games 3, 4 and 5 of the best-of-seven affair. Game 3 starts at a special time, 8:00 p.m., due to an event that will be held earlier in the day at Scope. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Second round tickets are available for purchase for individual games coming up this Saturday as well as Monday and Tuesday of next week. Visit the Scope Box Office, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com.
1. Michael Hutchinson - STJ
2. John Gibson - NOR
3. Jason Jaffray - STJ