ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Shawn Weller scored twice as the St. John's IceCaps beat the Manchester Monarchs 4-2 in American Hockey League action Friday.
Jason DeSantis and captain Jason Jaffray also scored for St. John's (20-8-5), which moved one point ahead of Manchester for the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference lead.
Robert Czarnik and Linden Vey both scored for the Monarchs (21-14-2). Goalie Jeff Zatkoff made 43 saves.
Manchester had a strong start when Czarnik scored a power-play goal off of a goal-mouth scramble.
IceCaps starter David Aebischer followed up Czarnik's goal by making a few tremendous saves on the penalty kill to keep the game within one. Aebischer made 23 saves for the win.
Manchester extended its lead to two goals just six minutes into the second period. Vey found himself all alone on a juicy rebound, which he capitalized on with ease.
The second period saw the IceCaps rally back.
DeSantis scored his sixth of the season with a power-play goal through a screen at the 9:27 mark of the second period.
St. John's Weller tied the game at 2-2 when he hopped on a loose rebound.
Weller also scored the winner when the puck bounced off a Monarchs defenceman and past Zatkoff.
Aaron Gagnon would put the game out of reach late in the third period as he set up Jaffray for a goal on a 2-on-1 breakaway.
The pass found Jaffray, who just recently returned from a few weeks with the Winnipeg Jets, and he slid it under Zatkoff.
Both teams finished the game 1-for-3on the power play.