ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Worcester Sharks came out on top in a physical weekend series in St. John's.
Tommy Wingels scored two consecutive goals, including the game-winner in the third period and the Sharks defeated the IceCaps 5-3 in American Hockey League action Sunday afternoon.
The first two period featured a combined five fights, with the IceCaps (15-7-4) looking to avenge a 4-3 loss to the Sharks (10-6-6) on Friday evening.
?We've played each other four times,? IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge said. ?They play with a little bit of an edge to them, and we responded well on our side too. We obviously try to play under control, but we do have guys that can play that physical role too.?
Sharks forward John McCarthy opened the scoring in the first, wiring a one-timer past IceCaps starter Peter Mannino with a second left to play in the period.
St. John's responded in the second period with three unanswered goals.
Spencer Machacek got it started when he hopped on a rebound during a delayed penalty to tie the game.
Paul Postma then put the IceCaps up 2-1 with a one-timer from the point that found the top shelf uncontested.
Ben Maxwell and Marco Rosa assisted on both goals. Maxwell has four points, all assists, in three games since being claimed off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.
Maxwell believes the team needed to focus on playing their own game, as opposed to getting distracted by brawls.
???We knew what to expect, they've got a reputation for being a bigger, more physical team," he said. "We have to play our game rather than get caught up in that kind of stuff.
???It is a little bit frustrating to lose those two (games) in that fashion. There's no dwelling on it. We've got to move forward and get some wins before we go into the break.???
St. John's extended the lead to two on a goal from Aaron Gagnon, who tipped home a pass on the power play with just over two minutes left to play in the second.
Worcester capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play in the third period when Ben Guite scored from a cross-crease pass to bring the game within one.
The Sharks tied the game shortly after when Wingels blasted a slap shot into the net. He then scored on a costly IceCaps turnover in the defensive zone for the go-ahead goal.
???We shot ourselves in the foot," said McCambridge. "Bad penalties, we pinch at the wrong time, we don't get the puck out on the wall, and all of a sudden the game goes from being in our control to handing the two points to the other team.???
Marek Viedensky added the empty-net goal.
Sharks goaltender Harri Sateri had 24 saves for the win, while Mannino had 35 saves for the IceCaps.
Both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play.
The IceCaps have lost three straight ??? all home ice ??? for the first time this season.