ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Carl Klingberg had another big Saturday night for the St. John's IceCaps.
Klingberg scored twice as the IceCaps beat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4-3 in American Hockey League action.
Klingberg starred in St. John's 6-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs last Saturday, where he scored a hat trick.
Four of the last five goals he scored have been shots within metres of the net, usually off a rebound.
"I like to be in front of the net," Klingberg said. "It doesn't matter if I score, if I have an assist, or if I just cover the goalie's sight"
While the young Swede would have preferred to win both games this weekend ? the team lost in overtime to the Sound Tiger 4-3 Friday ? he was happy to beat the Sound Tigers in regulation Saturday.
"With two points today and they have zero, that feels pretty good," Klingberg said. "We should have four points of course, but we have to be pretty happy with this win."
Jason Jaffray and Marco Rosa added goals for the IceCaps (4-1-1), while David Aebischer made 28 saves.
Tyler McNeely, Jeremy Colliton, and Matt Donovan scored for Bridgeport (3-4-0). Starter Kevin Poulin allowed four goals on 15 shots before Mikko Koskinen took over saving all 19 shots he faced.
IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge was also happy with his team's effort in comparison to Friday.
"We really felt strongly that we let a point slip away last night," McCambridge said. "We had control of the game in the third period and we didn't close it out. Tonight, we found a way to battle and make sure we're staying ahead here and hold on to win."
McCambridge made a few changes to the lineup Saturday, inserting Eric O'Dell and Jason DeSantis into their first AHL games. DeSantis contributed two assists in his debut, and McCambridge spoke well of the rookie.
"He's been really good in practice, he's worked hard, he deserved an opportunity," McCambridge said. "So, he made the most of it."
DeSantis was happy to get into a game.
"It was exciting to get in, and it felt really good out there," the defender said. "I was just trying to move the puck forward, jump in and help out offensively when I can. It was nice to get the win.
DeSantis believes inserting new players into the lineup can give the team a jolt of energy.
"I think when you get some new guys in there, sometimes it might create a little more energy," DeSantis said. "Maybe other guys will feed off that, and obviously the crowd will help with that."