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St. John's IceCaps unprepared in 5-4 defeat to Portland Pirates

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 8:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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St. John's IceCaps unprepared in 5-4 defeat to Portland Pirates

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A three-goal second period carried the Portland Pirates to a 5-4 victory over the St. John's IceCaps on Monday night in American Hockey League action.

Tobias Rieder, Mark Louis, Brett Hextall, Lucas Lessio and Mathieu Brisebois scored for Portland (14-12-5).

JC Lipon, John Albert, Kael Mouillierat and Will O'Neill replied for the IceCaps (17-14-3).

The Pirates opened the scoring 11:57 into the game, as Hextall put home a failed wraparound attempt.

Rieder doubled Portland's lead two minutes later with a slapshot off an IceCaps turnover.

Lipon finished an Adam Lowry pass to put the IceCaps on the board with 1:33 left in the first.

IceCaps defenseman Will O'Neill added another for the home team, scoring on Kael Mouillierat's backdoor pass 5:55 into the second.

Lessio answered 12:45 into the second period, scoring in front of the net on a 5-on-3 power play, and the Pirates struck again a minute later on the power play through defenseman Brisebois.

Louis added another for the Pirates 16:13 into the second, beating IceCaps goalie Eddie Pasquale.

Just 2:52 into the third, Albert hit home a one-timer for the IceCaps to make it a 5-3 game.

Mouillierat tapped home a loose puck in front for the IceCaps at 4:42 in the third on the power play.

After 10:08 played in the game, IceCaps goalie Jussi Olkinoura was pulled, after making six saves on eight shots. Eddie Pasquale made 21 saves in relief, while Louis Domingue saved 30 for Portland.

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