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Hutchinson comes up big as IceCaps beat Penguins 2-1 to even AHL series

Sunday, 05.25.2014 / 8:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Hutchinson comes up big as IceCaps beat Penguins 2-1 to even AHL series

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Michael Hutchinson stopped 34 shots as the St. John's IceCaps evened their American Hockey League Eastern Conference final at a game apiece with a 2-1 victory over the Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Penguins on Sunday.

Kyle MacKinnon and Carl Klingberg scored for the IceCaps.

Anton Zlobin replied for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

MacKinnon opened the scoring for the IceCaps when he finished off a breakaway with a quick, high wrist shot after he caught a Blair Riley stretch pass entering the blue-line 13:54 into the game.

The IceCaps extended their lead when Klingberg got a stick to a Will O'Neill slap shot from the point through traffic, finding the high right corner of the net at the 6:24 mark of the second period.

Hutchinson kept the Penguins scoreless with a sprawling pad save to stone Harry Zolnierczyk on a breakaway with roughly six minutes left to play in the second period.

With 1:04 left in the game, a cross-ice pass found Zlobin wide open in the left face-off dot, and he buried the puck top shelf over a sprawling Hutchinson to get the Penguins on the board.

Penguins goalie Peter Mannino made 27 saves.

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