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Samson scores winner as IceCaps bounce back from loss to defeat Falcons 3-1

Saturday, 04.05.2014 / 8:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Samson scores winner as IceCaps bounce back from loss to defeat Falcons 3-1

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - John Albert scored twice to lead the St. John's IceCaps to a 3-1 win over the Springfield Falcons in American Hockey League action Saturday.

Jerome Samson also scored for the IceCaps (42-22-6).

Patrick McNeill replied for the Falcons (44-21-6).

Albert opened the scoring for the IceCaps when he picked up a loose puck off a rebound and buried a low wrist shot 4:34 into the game.

Samson made it 2-0 IceCaps at 10:55 of the first. Defenceman Brenden Kichton pinched in behind the net before moving the puck out front to Samson, who scored a quick backhander.

Albert added his second, finishing off a 2-on-1 give-and-go with captain Jason Jaffray 15:13 into the second period.

McNeill put the Falcons on the board with a point shot that hit off a skate on the way through and found its way in high, with 4:33 left in the game.

Tyler Beskorowany made 23 saves for the IceCaps. Jeremy Smith stopped 28 shots for the Falcons.

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