ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Worcester Sharks came into St. John's with the intention of getting in IceCaps goaltender Peter Mannino's face.
It paid off.
Benn Ferriero scored two goals and added an assist as the Sharks defeated the IceCaps 4-3 in American Hockey League action Friday.
The Sharks spent a lot of time around Mannino's crease, and their goals came through heavy traffic or right in front of the iceCaps' goal.
St. John's defenceman Zach Redmond, who scored two power-play goals in the loss, called the game a "battle."
"They're really hard working, and with that they come hard on the fore check, they go to the net really hard, they're not afraid to push the goalie around a little bit," Redmond said of the Sharks. "It was great to see (Tom Maxwell) and (Garth Murray) step up and fight. They set the tone and let them know that isn't going to happen all game. We expect the same battle on Sunday."
Maxwell and Murray both got into first-period fights, one second apart. Both tough guys dropped the gloves on back-to-back face-offs.
The Sharks trailed 3-1 halfway through the game, but came back to win on Tommy Wingels' goal in the third period.
Tony Lucia and also scored for the Sharks, while John McCarthy added three assists.
Patrice Cormier also scored for the IceCaps. Ben Maxwell and Paul Postma each had two assists.
Tyson Sexsmith made 24 saves for Worcester, while Mannino stopped 28 shots for St. John's.
The Sharks (9-6-6) got off to a quick start, opening the scoring 3:15 into the game. Ferriero one-timed a cross-crease pass from Wingels into the back of the net.
The Sharks were guilty of some undisciplined play early, and the IceCaps took advantage with back-to-back power play goals.
Redmond tipped home a goal at 16:47 in the first period to tie the game 1-1. Newly-acquired Maxwell made a long-range saucer pass across the Sharks' zone, before Postma shot the puck and Redmond tipped it past Sexsmith.
Redmond added his second goal of the night within the first minute of the second period off a booming shot from the point.
Cormier put the IceCaps up 3-1 with a goal through Worcester starting goaltender Sexsmith's legs.
The 3-1 lead wouldn't hold however, as the Sharks put together two fast back-to-back goals midway through the second period.
Ferriero tipped a puck through traffic 13:09 into the second period for his second goal of the night.
The third Worcester goal was a strange one, as the puck was shot over the net, but bounced right back out in front where Lucia scored.
IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge felt the goals were an unlucky shift in momentum for his team.
"They get an opportunity, one off the stick in front, which was a nice play by them, and another off the back glass that kicks out to the open man in front," he said. "So, unfortunate turns in the game, but overall I thought we did a lot of good things."
Wingels scored the game-winning goal on a feed from Ferriero.
McCambridge wouldn't accept bad-luck goals as an excuse for losing a close game.
"Overall, we have to find a way to way to make sure we're finishing teams off," he said. "We've got to find a way to get those two points. You could feel the tide turning, then they get the goals that don't go our way. On our side of things, it's a matter of staying up on the bench and making sure our next shift is one to respond to."
The IceCaps went 2-for-4 on the power play, and the Sharks were 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
The teams meet again at Mile One Centre on Sunday afternoon.