GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, N.L. - Bretton Cameron scored the first goal in St. John's IceCaps history Thursday but it wasn't enough as the Winnipeg Jets' American Hockey League affiliate lost its first exhibition game, 5-2 to the Norfolk Admirals.
Cameron's high shot at 1:15 of the third period got the IceCaps on the board, although Norfolk led 4-0 at the time. St. John's native Alex Wall, a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League graduate battling for a position on the team's blue-line, had the lone assist.
Jason King of Corner Brook, N.L., ? playing in North America after three seasons in Europe ? made it 4-2 when he scored on a power play at 5:41.
King and Wall were in the team's starting lineup and received ovations as they were introduced.
The IceCaps started slowly, allowing three first-period goals in the loss. Norfolk outshot St. John's 29-19, and went 3-for-6 on the power play. The IceCaps were 1-for-6 with the extra man.
The game at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium was the first in a three-game exhibition series. Game 2 goes Friday night at the Gander Community Centre.
The clubs head to the IceCaps' home, Mile One Centre, for Game 3 in the series on Sunday.