ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Nic Kerdiles scored two goals and John Gibson made 42 saves to lead the Norfolk Admirals to a 3-1 win over the St. John's IceCaps on Tuesday in Game 1 of their best-of-seven American Hockey League playoff series.
John Kurtz also scored for Norfolk.
Andrew Gordon replied for St. John's, while IceCaps goalie Michael Hutchinson stopped 24 shots.
Norfolk opened the scoring when Kerdiles one timed a wrist-shot from the slot 10:14 into the first period, finishing off a pass from Andre Petersson, who sent a pass from behind the net.
St. John's killed a 40-second 5-on-3 power play, starting at 13:15 in the first period.
Despite the IceCaps outshooting the Admirals 18-5 in the second period, Gibson was impenetrable in the Norfolk net.
St. John's found the equalizer 3:20 into the third period when Gordon tipped in a heavy point shot on the power play. Gibson saw little of the shot, if anything, as Jason Jaffray and Gordon had set up on the doorstep.
Admirals forward Zack Strotini carried the puck to the net and, on the ensuing scramble, Kurtz tapped it in to retake the lead, 2-1, at the 7-minute mark of the third period.
Kerdiles added an empty netter with 13.8 seconds left.