ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - With Hershey goaltender Dany Sabourin handling almost everything the St. John's IceCaps threw at him, Jason King decided to stick to basics in the shootout.
It paid off.
King scored a goal and added the shootout winner to lead IceCaps to a 3-2 victory over the Bears in American Hockey League action Saturday night.
"On the shootouts you just try to keep it simple," King said. "I'm not really a finesse player, I'm a shooter. He dropped his glove a little bit, and just gave an opening there, and I just tried to get it up."
Sabourin made 29 stops, including 15 saves in a first period that included five St. John's power plays.
King said paying attention to Sabourin's tendencies helped him in the shootout.
"I was fortunate to shoot second, (Ben) Maxwell went first, and I kind of got a read off of his movements," King said. "During the game you kind of see (goalies') tendencies."
Paul Postma scored a power-play goal for the IceCaps (37-15-7).
Ryan Potulny and Matt Pope scored for the Bears (31-20-10).
The Bears offence stumbled in their weekend games against St. John's, managing only two goals in two games.
King put St. John's ahead when he jumped towards an airborne puck in the crease, and punched the puck in with the shaft of his stick. The Bears protested the goal to no avail.
Pope drew the game level for Hershey at 17:19 in the third to make the closing minutes tense.
Overtime solved nothing, and the game headed to a shootout where King put away the game.
Dany Sabourin kept the Bears in the game early, as the IceCaps peppered the veteran netminder with 15 shots in the first period alone, to a measly four shots by Hershey.
Despite the lop-sided shot total, the game was still scoreless after 20 minutes.
The second period was more even as both teams exchanged goals and the shot difference was kept to single figures.
The third period also saw the teams exchange goals.
St. John's was 1-for-6 on the power play, including five man advantages in the first period they did not capitalize on.
Hershey was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
IceCaps goalie Ed Pasquale made 28 saves in the win including stopping all five shots he faced in the shootout.
IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge has been happy with his goaltender's play of late.
"He's had a chance here to run with back-to-back games," McCambridge said. "He's good in the shootout, he's real athletic in the net. He's made the saves that he's needed to make and then some."
Hershey is without high-scoring forwards Chris Bourque and Graham Mink due to injuries, while Keith Aucoin is currently called up to the Washington Capitals.
Bourque and Aucoin are the top two scoring leaders in the AHL with 78 and 70 points respectively.
Despite some early struggles at home for the IceCaps, they have benefited from improved play at the Mile One Centre lately.
The IceCaps are 7-1 in their last eight games at home.
"We're finally getting the job done," King said. "We've finally established that teams can't come in here and steal points from us. That's a big key coming into the playoffs."