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St. John's opens series with win over Hershey Bears

The IceCaps kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 victory against the Hershey Bears on Saturday night.

St. John's IceCaps / Jeff Parsons

Andrew Yogan extended his point streak to five games, and Eddie Pasquale made 23 saves in the IceCaps' win.

Washington Capitals 2014 first-round pick, Jacob Vrana, opened the scoring for Hersey in the first period. Vrana's ninth of the season came off a beautiful pass by Chris Bourque.

St. John's could only manage six shots on Bears goaltender Dan Ellis in the first period. The low number of scoring chances is something fans have become all too familiar with this season. But luckily for the IceCaps, Pasquale was there to keep them in the game.

In the second period, PTO signee Andrew Yogan got the puck to Brandon McNally, who made a great cross-ice pass to a streaking Max Friberg. The Swede made no mistake, tying the game at 1-1 with his 10th on the season. With the assist, Yogan now has points (one goal, four assists)  in all five games he's played since signing with the IceCaps.

While on the power play in the third period, IceCaps leading scorer, Bud Holloway, made a great play, stretching to keep the puck in at the blue line before firing a wrist shot on goal. With big John Scott providing a screen in front, the puck found a way through, giving the IceCaps a 2-1 lead.

Hershey didn't put up much of a fight in the third, totalling only three shots on Pasquale. The win keeps the IceCaps playoff hopes alive, and sets up another important game on Sunday, again, versus the Hersey Bears

Goaltenders:

STJ  Eddie Pasquale 23/24      HER  Dan Ellis 20/22

Three Stars:

1. Eddie Pasquale STJ

2. Max Friberg STJ

3. Jacob Vrana HER