ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Peter Mannino made 35 saves as the St. John's IceCaps downed the Norfolk Admirals 3-1 in American Hockey League action Saturday.
Riley Holzapfel, Spencer Machacek and tough guy Garth Murray scored for the IceCaps (12-3-3) to back up Mannino's strong goaltending.
Cory Conacher replied for the Admirals (10-7-1), while Dustin Tokarski made 22 saves.
The IceCaps split the two-game series with the Admirals after losing 6-2 in St. John's on Friday night.
While the IceCaps fell into an early hole against Norfolk on Friday, they got off to a quick start in the rematch.
Holzapfel raced into the Admirals zone on the left wing and fired high past Tokarski just over two minutes into the first period.
St. John's added to their total with less than two minutes left in the period. The Admirals turned over the puck on a bad bounce, and Machacek hopped on the loose puck and easily slid it past Tokarski.
A physical first period was highlighted by a huge Patrice Cormier hit, followed by a fight against Mike Vernace.
The Admirals found some life in the second period, as they pulled within a goal only 27 seconds into the period on a play that looked more like it belonged in basketball than hockey. Cory Conacher jumped up and pulled down a loose puck before throwing it to the ice and shooting it into the net.
IceCaps' pugilist Murray, who featured in two fights Friday night, capped the scoring as he set up and finished a give-and-go play with Kevin Clark for his first goal of the season.
St. John's was 1-for-5 on the power play, while Norfolk was 0-for-2.
The IceCaps play their next game Friday night against the Toronto Marlies, who used to call St. John's home.