WILKES BARRE, Pa. - Brock Trotter provided all the offence the IceCaps needed to pull ahead in their Eastern Conference semifinal against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Trotter scored both goals, including the game-winner at 10:02 of overtime, in St. John's 2-1 victory over the Penguins on Saturday in Game 3 of the American Hockey League's playoff series.
Eddie Pasquale made 28 saves as the IceCaps took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Sunday in Wilkes-Barre.
"Brock Trotter's an offensive-minded guy," St. John's coach Keith McCambridge said. "When you give him the puck in that area, he can make plays."
Trotter now has four goals in the series and five in the Calder Cup playoffs. His game-winner came on a play where the puck got knocked back to him on an incomplete pass to his teammate. Trotter caught goalie Brad Thiessen leaning the wrong way and finished the play himself.
"We had kind of a little of an odd-man rush with a back-checker," Trotter said. "I tried to slide it across to the guy driving to the net. The puck hit a skate and came back to me.
"I think the goalie thought I was going to the backhand and I cut back to my forehand."
Pasquale kept the Penguins scoreless until the final 1:06 when Eric Tangradi forced overtime by scoring for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Colin McDonald took two whacks at the puck near the left post before going behind the net and sending a pass to Tangradi, who banked in a shot in off Pasquale.
St. John's produced the only other goal in regulation at 12:37 of the first period. Trotter was positioned to the left of the goal when he redirected a Zach Redmond pass from the centre point.
St. John's did not manage a shot in the second period when it killed off three overlapping penalties to hold its one-goal lead.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton got off six shots while remaining on the power play for 5:25, including stretches of 17 and 18 seconds of 5-on-3 advantages.
"What that did was allow us to gain some momentum and spend some time in the offensive zone," Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes said. " ??? It set us up for what happened later in the game."
Thiessen finished with 16 saves.