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Vinny Saponari gets hang of pro game in IceCaps' 4-3 win over Pirates

Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 9:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Carl Klingberg scored the winner early in the third period as the St.John's IceCaps beat the Portland Pirates 4-3 at home on Wednesday night.

Vinny Saponari, Kael Mouillierat and Jason Jaffray also scored for St.John's (30-34-6). Mark Dekanich made 28 saves for the win.

Darian Dziurzynski, David Rundblad and Jordan Martinook replied for the Pirates (38-27-5).

Klingberg added another goal for the IceCaps at the 1:57 mark of the third, rocketing a slap shot home from a rebound that found its way out to the right face-off dot.

With 2:38 left in the third, the Pirates moved within one of tying the game, when Rundblad hit a slap shot from the point.

In the first, the IceCaps jumped out to an early lead thanks to Mouillierat, who scored at the 14:14 mark of the first period on the power play, finishing off a give-and-go with Josh Lunden. Portland goalie Chad Johnson was unable to handle the awkward, bouncing puck.

Johnson made 23 stops for Portland.

Saponari doubled the IceCaps lead at the 2:01 mark of the second period, scoring a tap-in on the doorstep off a rebound, after Johnson had went cross-crease to stop a one-timer that left him out of place.

Dziurzynski tapped home a centring pass in the crease to put the Pirates back into the game at the 4:36 mark of the second.

Portland's Martinook caught Dekanich with an open five-hole on a quick wrister to tie the game 2-2 at the 8:35 mark of the second.

St.John's took back the lead at the 14:38 mark of the second, as Jaffray hammered home a slap shot past a sprawling Johnson.

The IceCaps went 2 for 4 on the power play and Portland was 1 for 5 on the night.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round