ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Nathan Lawson made 40 saves as the Hamilton Bulldogs shut out St. John's 4-0 to spoil the IceCaps' home opener Friday in the American Hockey League.
Philip DeSimone scored twice and Brock Trotter had three assists for Hamilton (2-0), which connected twice on the power play. Dany Masse and Joonas Nattinen also scored.
The IceCaps (2-1) began the game to thunderous applause at the sold-out Mile One Centre, but Nattinen quieted the crowd midway through the first when he scored on the power play.
St. John's pressed hard in the opening period, peppering Lawson with 19 shots compared to the Bulldogs' three.
Lawson was outstanding, stopping shots through traffic and keeping the game level.
?We moved the puck well, we got some shots through ... their goalie played real well,? said IceCaps forward Patrice Cormier. ?They got the first one, and we were battling to get back all game. We had a lot of shots and we have to capitalize.?
IceCaps starter David Aebischer was also impressive early. He made some key stops to close out the period, including a great diving save when he found himself out of his crease.
?Every time I touched the puck tonight, something bad happened,??? Aebischer said. ???It's one of those games you have to put behind you and move forward.???
The second period saw more of the same from the IceCaps, who put 13 pucks on net but could not solve Lawson.
Dany Masse slid a goal through Aebischer's legs early in the second period, and DeSimone capitalized on a rebound late in the period to push the visitors further ahead 3-0.
The Bulldogs buried the game early in the third period when Aebischer overplayed a puck to the right of his crease, finding himself out of position.
Desimone threw the puck off a defenceman's skate to score his second goal.
The IceCaps outshot Hamilton 40-22. Aebischer finished with 18 saves.
St. John's coach Keith McCambridge expects more from the special teams who failed to capitalize on the power play, going 0-for-10 with the man advantage, some of which were 5-on-3 chances.
???Obviously we were looking for a better result,??? he said. ???We didn't make a difference on the special teams. Their goaltender played well. We had a chance on the 5-on-3 to make it a 2-1 game but we didn't and we lost touch of it.???