IceCaps blow 2-0 lead against Crunch, Syracuse wins 3-2 in shootout

Friday, 03.08.2013 / 9:35 PM The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Brett Connolly scored the lone shootout winner as the Syracuse Crunch rallied past the St. John's IceCaps 3-2 in American Hockey League action Friday night.

Tyler Johnson and Dana Tyrell scored for the Crunch (35-17-7) in regulation time.

Jason Jaffray and Patrice Cormier scored for the IceCaps (23-31-5).

St. John's goaltender Ed Pasquale made 29 saves and Riku Helenius had 33 saves for Syracuse.

After the IceCaps took a 2-1 lead the Crunch pulled within one after a four-on-four goal from Johnson at the 8:15 mark of the second.

Pasquale made a big save on the first shot by Richard Panik on the two-on-one, but the puck bounced over to Johnson who buried it past the sprawling goaltender.

St. John's continued their game-long trend of coming out firing in the third period, but could not solve Helenius made a number of key saves to keep the Crunch only a goal down, and the momentum swung back to Syracuse.

Pasquale replied back with several big saves and the third quickly turned into a goaltending battle.

The Crunch tied the game 2-2 when Tyrell one-timed a cross-crease pass from J. T. Brown past a diving Pasqualeat the 11:37 point of the third.

The IceCaps got on the board first thanks to an unassisted effort from Jaffray at 19:21 into the first period. St. John's captain stripped a Crunch defenceman of the puck at the IceCaps' blue-line before skating the length of the ice on the breakaway.

Jaffray skated down the side boards, before making a sharp turn to the middle of the ice in the Syracuse zone and dekeing past Helenius.

The IceCaps continued to pour the pressure on to start the second period.

Cormier put St. John's ahead at 2:48 with a power-play goal.

Ben Maxwell took a wrist shot from the point that found its way through traffic for Cormier to tip as he skated by the crease.

The IceCaps went 1 for 8 on the power play and Syracuse was 0 for 5.

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