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Patrice Cormier scores two goals, leads IceCaps to 4-2 win over Monarchs

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MANCHESTER, N.H. - Patrice Cormier scored twice and the St. John's IceCaps snapped the Manchester Monarchs' eight-game home winning-streak with a 4-2 win Friday night.

Kenndal McArdle and Ben Maxwell also scored for St. John's.

Marc-Andre Cliche and Stefan Legein replied for Manchester.

David Aebischer made 26 saves for St. John's while Martin Jones stopped 25 shots for Manchester.

Manchester (17-11-2) and St. John's (16-7-4) are tied for first place the Atlantic Division with 36 points each.

St. John's opened up the scoring on the power play at 5:39 of the first period on an awkward bounce. Jones made the initial save on Cormier's bad angle shot from the bottom of the right wing face-off circle, but the rebound bounced off the shin guard of Monarchs defencemen Thomas Hickey and into the Monarch's net.

The Monarchs tied the score at 1-1 at 10:53 of the first period as Manchester right-wing Brandon Kozun won a battle along the left-wing boards in the neutral zone and made the quick pass to Cliche, who beat Aebischer on a breakaway.

Manchester went up 2-1 at 4:37 of the second period as Legein redirected a shot by Ray Kaunisto past Aebischer on a power play.

The IceCaps tied the game at 6:54 of the second as McArdle cut across the net and flipped a backhand past Jones.

Cormier put the IceCaps ahead 3-2 at 10:58 of the third period on a power play as Cormier redirected a Paul Postma shot past Jones.

Maxwell scored into an empty net with two second left in regulation to cap the scoring.

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