WILKES BARRE, Pa. - Arturs Kulda had a goal and an assist ? both short-handed ? and the St. John's IceCaps won their 20th American Hockey League road game of the season, 5-2 over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Tuesday.
St. John's (35-15-7) scored on its first three shots and held on for their third win on a seven-game road trip. The IceCaps improved their road record to 20-5-4.
Newcomer Raymond Sawada and rookie Carl Klingberg also each scored once and added an assist in the victory.
St. John's opened the scoring with a short-handed goal. John Albert one-timed a great pass from Garth Murray on a two-on-one while to give the club a 1-0 lead.
St. John's also showed off its power play when Klingberg scored at 12:38 of the first. Defenceman Paul Postma fired a shot from the point that was tipped by Klingberg for his 15th goal of the season.
The IceCaps entered the game having gone six-for-11 on the power play in their last two games.
Jason DeSantis scored 10th goal of the year to give the IceCaps a 3-0 lead, snapping a wrist shot from the high slot. DeSantis's goal tied him for third amongst defencemen in goal scoring.
After allowing goals on each of the three shots he faced, Penguins netminder Scott Munroe was replaced by Patrick Killeen.
The Penguins (33-19-7) got one back late as Simon Despres scored with just 32 seconds remaining in the period, and despite being outshot 10-4 in the opening frame, St. John's got out of the period ahead by two goals.
Brian Gibbons pulled the Penguins within a goal, scoring at 18:18 of the second period.
The IceCaps pulled away in the third period with two more goals.
Kulda scored the IceCaps' second short-handed goal of the night at 2:47. Skating down the right wing, Kulda carried the puck over the blue-line and at the top of the faceoff circle, fired a hard wrist shot over the block of Killeen.
Sawada's seventh goal of the year came after he fired a hard wrist shot from the slot and followed up after the save to poke in the rebound.
St. John's finished the road trip 3-3-1 and returns home to start a six-game homestand against the Hershey Bears on Friday.