HERSHEY, Pa. - Derek Meech scored a power-play goal in the third period to lift the St. John's IceCaps to a 2-1 win over the Hershey Bears on Saturday in American Hockey League action.
Meech's slapshot from the point, on a nice passing play with Ray Sawada and John Albert, gave the IceCaps the lead at 6:56 of the third period.
Ray Sawada carried the puck in to the Bears' zone and dropped it back to John Albert, who fed Meech with a tape-to-tape pass, and the blue-liner blasted a slapshot past Sabourin.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for St. John's and sends the team back to Newfoundland with two wins on their five-game road trip.
The IceCaps played a solid first period, outshooting the Bears 10-8 and showing some good jump in all three zones. The teams finished the first 20 minutes in a scoreless tie.
St. John's got on the board first at 5:18 of the second on a great effort by O'Dell. Meech's point shot was turned aside by Sabourin, but the puck bounced right to O'Dell, who banged home a rebound as he was falling to the ice to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Hershey tied the game late in the second period after forcing an IceCaps turnover on a hard forecheck. Jeff Taffe dug the puck out and Pope grabbed it at the side of the net, centring a pass to Almeida.
St. John's went 1-for-6 on the power play while Hershey went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
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