ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Two new players in the St. John's IceCaps lineup weren't enough to slow down the Springfield Falcons.
Cam Atkinson had two goals and two assists Friday as the Falcons defeated the IceCaps 5-3 in American Hockey League action.
Kael Mouillierat and Shawn Weller made their season debuts for St. John's. Weller, however, is a familiar face as he suited up for the IceCaps in 41 games last season.
"It feels good to be back, but I wish we could have won the game tonight," said Weller. "I felt alright, but it's a lot faster than the (ECHL) but a couple games, a little bit of adjustment, it felt pretty good."
Springfield entered the game with a dominant 6-1-1 record on the road, which was a cause for concern for a St. John's team that has split every home series this season, going 6-5-1.
Weller says the chemistry with his teammates should come quickly.
"I know a lot of the guys from last year," he said. "So I'm just trying to do what I can: get pucks deep, get to the front of the net."
Jonathan Audy-Marchessault had a goal and an assist while Ryan Craig and Nick Drazenovic scored for Springfield (13-4-4). Dalton Prout added two assists.
The IceCaps (11-11-1) had goals from Mouillierat, Kevin Clark and Ray Sawada.
St. John's rallied back to tie the game at 3-3 in the third, but could not hold on to push the game to overtime.
Sawada scored the tying-goal on a breakaway at 13:31.
"It was a great pass by (Zach Redmond), and I was lucky enough that I could get some separation from the D. I celebrated pretty hard, I was pretty excited. It made it 3-3 and gave us a chance, but unfortunately some bounces didn't go our way and we had some let-downs in our own zone."
The IceCaps went 0 for 6 on the power play, while Springfield was 1 for 4.
St. John's head coach Keith McCambridge liked what he saw on the power play, despite the lack of scoring.
"That one unit has, the last couple games, generated a ton of scoring chances for us. Redmond hit a post in the second, we hit three posts in the third with that unit, they're doing everything that we're asking them to do on those units."
McCambridge does not plan on making any line-up changes for tomorrow's rematch with the Falcons.
"We'll go with the same line-up, I really liked our push-back in the third period."