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Mark Dekanich makes 23 saves for St. John's in a 5-0 win over Hamilton

Friday, 03.15.2013 / 8:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Mark Dekanich makes 23 saves for St. John's in a 5-0 win over Hamilton

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Mark Dekanich made 23 saves as the St. John's IceCaps shut out the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-0 in American Hockey League action Friday.

Aaron Gagnon and Eric O'Dell had a goal and an assist each for St. John's, while Kael Mouillierat, Josh Lunden and Jason Jaffray added singles.

The win over the Bulldogs (24-30-6) snapped an eight-game home losing streak for St. John's (24-32-5).

The IceCaps came out of the gate blazing with three goals in the first 8:22 of the game.

St. John's took advantage of a leaky Robert Mayer, scoring three goals on six shots, including power play and short-handed goals.

Gagnon continued his recent hot streak by scoring the game's opening goal short-handed at 1:36. A turnover at the blue-line led to Gagnon skating the entire ice, dangling past a defender and stuffing the puck through Mayer's five-hole.

Mouillierat scored a power-play goal at 6:16 for a 2-0 lead. He launched a routine wrist shot that bounced over Mayer's glove and found its way into the net.

O'Dell added his team-leading 19th goal at 8:22 to end Mayer's night. The IceCaps picked apart the Bulldogs with a few precision passes on the rush before O'Dell hammered a shot upstairs.

Mayer finished with three saves on six shots. He was replaced by Dustin Tokarski, who stopped 24 shots.

St. John's extended their lead to five goals in the second period when Lunden scored his first goal of the season at 7:51.

Lunden was parked in front of the net where a pass found him, and he spun for a low shot into the net. Jaffray then added a power-play goal at 14:27 on a booming slapshot from near the point.

St. John's went 2 for 6 on the power play and Hamilton was 0 for 3.

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