PORTLAND, Maine - The St. John's IceCaps grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first period and went on to defeat the Portland Pirates 4-2 in American Hockey League action on Friday.
J.C. Lipon opened the scoring for St. John's (5-5-1), Jason Jaffray followed with a shorthanded goal and Zach Redmon added a power-play goal at 19:52.
Brendan Shinnimin got Portland (2-5-1) back in the game in the second period with his first two goals of the season, before Eric O'Dell put the IceCaps in front by two at 17:01 of the second period.
Eddie Pasquale made 39 saves for St. John's. Mark Visentin stopped 9 of 12 shots in the opening period for Portland, before he was replaced by Louie Domingue, who turned back 15 of 16 shots the rest of the way.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
TONIGHT ON NHL NETWORK
5:00 ET: NHL Live Powered by Constellation 7:00 ET: NHL Tonight 10:30 ET: NHL Tonight 11:30 ET: On The Fly