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IceCaps sputter in second period, lose 3-2 to Penguins in Game 1 of series

Saturday, 05.24.2014 / 8:55 PM The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Peter Mannino made 31 saves and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got goals from three different skaters as the Penguins edged the St. John's IceCaps 3-2 in Game 1 of the American Hockey League Eastern Conference final on Saturday.

Chuck Kobasew, Conor Sheary and Tom Kostopoulos scored for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

St. John's forward Andrew Gordon scored both goals for the IceCaps.

The Penguins opened the scoring 7:02 into the game, when Kobasew finished off a 2-on-1 in front with an easy tap-in from a perfect Brian Gibbons' pass.

Gordon tied it for the IceCaps at 13:42 of the first period, pulling the puck out front from behind the net before sniping it top shelf on the blocker side.

Sheary put the Penguins ahead 2-1 when IceCaps goalie Michael Hutchinson lost the puck on a wrist shot by the winger. Sheary continued to the net and tapped in his own rebound 2:32 into the second period.

Kostopoulos took a pass while entering the zone and scored a quick wrist shot high blocker with 5:24 left in the second period to put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton up by two goals.

With the teams playing 4-on-4, Gordon scored his second of the game, one-timing a face-off win from John Albert, to pull the IceCaps within one 5:31 into the third period.

Hutchinson made 29 saves for the IceCaps.

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