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IceCaps edge Penguins 2-1 to take 3-1 series lead in Eastern Conference finals

Thursday, 05.29.2014 / 9:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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IceCaps edge Penguins 2-1 to take 3-1 series lead in Eastern Conference finals

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Will O'Neill had a goal and an assist as the St. John's IceCaps won a third straight game in the American Hockey League's Eastern Conference finals, beating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2-1 in Game 4 Thursday night.

The IceCaps can advance to the Calder Cup finals with a win in Game 5 on Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre.

Josh Lunden also scored for the IceCaps, who went 2 for 9 on the power play.

Brian Dumoulin scored a third-period goal for the Penguins, who went scoreless on six power-play opportunities.

The Penguins were called for six minor penalties in the second period, contributing to a massive 19-2 shots advantage for the IceCaps in the period.

Penguins goalie Peter Mannino stopped the first 18 shots he faced, but the 19th was a one-timer from O'Neill from the top of the left faceoff circle that trickled past his pads with 26.1 seconds left in the period.

O'Neill's goal came on a five-on-three advantage after centre Zach Sill took a double minor for high-sticking IceCaps winger Andrew Gordon with 1:07 left in the period while the Penguins were already killing a penalty.

It was the first goal of the post-season for O'Neill, who leads the IceCaps with 10 assists.

The Penguins tied the score 1-1 at 6:49 of the third when a Dumoulin shot from the blue-line that looked to be headed well wide of the left post hit defenceman Brenden Kichton and skipped past goalie Michael Hutchinson.

The Penguins took another penalty less than a minute later, however, and St. John's retook the lead with a second power-play goal. Lunden collected the rebound of an O'Neill shot behind the net and wrapped it inside the post with 10:41 left.

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