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Morrissey, Jaffray score as St. John's beats Norfolk 2-1 to tie series at one

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 8:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Morrissey, Jaffray score as St. John's beats Norfolk 2-1 to tie series at one

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Josh Morrissey scored his first goal as a pro and captain Jason Jaffray scored the winner as the St. John's IceCaps beat the Norfolk Admirals 2-1 to tie their series at one Wednesday night American Hockey League playoff action.

Chris Wagner had the lone goal for the Admirals.

Morrissey broke the deadlock when he carried the puck over the blue-line and down the left wing before ripping a high wrist shot blocker side 2:48 into the second period on the power play.

Jaffray doubled the IceCaps lead when he spun with his back to the net and unloaded a wrist shot into the back of the net on another power play nearly three minutes later.

IceCaps goalie Michael Hutchinson saved his team from penalty trouble late in the second. Hutchinson came up big with a glove save on Matt Bailey, who wired a shot while wide open in the slot.

Wagner brought the Admirals within one when he banged in a goal on the doorstep on the power play 10:05 into the third period after David Steckel threw the puck into the crease.

Hutchinson finished with 32 saves while Admirals goalie John Gibson stopped 39.

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