ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland -- St. John’s built a two-goal lead in the first 28 minutes Saturday, but the Adirondack Phantoms responded with four unanswered goals and went on to beat the IceCaps, 4-3.
John Albert struck first, 13 minutes into the game, for St. John’s.
Garrett Roe had a chance to tie it up for the Phantoms in the second period. He hit the post on a breakaway as he was pulled down by Will O’Neill. IceCaps goalkeeper Eddie Pasquale made the save on the ensuing penalty shot, preserving the one-goal lead.
Ivan Telegin then added to that lead for St. John’s with wrap-around goal only 23 seconds after the penalty shot.
Ben Maxwell was called for cross-checking a few seconds later, and just over a minute into the power play, Brandon Manning put the Phantoms on the board on assists from Danny Syvret and Brayden Schenn.
Shane Harper, playing his first game of the season, added another goal 27 seconds after Manning’s. Eric Wellwood’s crossing pass almost turned into a goal when it deflected off IceCaps defenseman Derek Meech. Pasquale made the save and Harper grabbed a failed clearing attempt in front of the net and rifled a shot past the goaltender, who had not had time to get up, to tie the game at 2-2.
The Phantoms scored two quick goals midway through the third period. St. John’s could not convert a 4-on-1 chance that was broken up by Oliver Lauridsen. Rob Bordson got hold puck and sent it up to Zac Rinaldo who raced up the right side, with Harry Zolnierczyk on the left, in a 2-on-1. Rinaldo fired a wrist shot past Pasquale to break the tie and give the Phantoms the go-ahead goal.
Fifty-one seconds later, Schenn tallied the eventual game-winner, assisted by Ben Holmstrom, with a shot that froze Pasquale.
St. John’s knocked the lead down to one with just under four minutes to play. Erik Gustafsson was called for interference at 15:47, setting up a goal by Zach Redmond.
The Phantoms hung on for the remaining few minutes for their first road win of the season. Phantoms goaltender Scott Munroe turned away 31 of 34 shots, while Pasquale had 28 saves.
Adirondack (2-2) 0 2 2 -- 4
St. John’s (2-2) 1 1 1 -- 3
First Period — 1, St. John’s, Albert 1 (Gregoire), 12:54. Penalties — Lauridsen, Adk (tripping), 4:00; King, Stj (holding), 4:13; Rinaldo, Adk (hooking), 17:44.
Second Period — 2, St. John’s, Telegin 1 8:06. 3, Adirondack, Manning 1 (Syvret, Schenn), 9:22 (pp). 4, Adirondack, Harper 1 9:49. Penalties — Maxwell, Stj (cross-checking), 8:20; Meech, Stj (hooking), 13:23; served by McGinn, Adk (bench minor - too many men), 15:57; Pasquale, Stj (delay of game - restricted area), 19:28.
Third Period — 5, Adirondack, Rinaldo 1 (Bordson), 12:06. 6, Adirondack, Schenn 3 (Holmstrom), 12:57. 7, St. John’s, Redmond 2 (Burmistrov, O’Neill), 16:02 (pp). Penalties — Gustafsson, Adk (interference), 15:47; Zolnierczyk, Adk (hooking), 18:45; O’Neill, Stj (diving), 18:45.
Goalies-saves — Adirondack, Munroe 2-1-0 (34 shots-31 saves). St. John’s, Pasquale 1-2-0 (32 shots-28 saves).
Referee — Terry Koharski