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IceCaps vs Bears Game Recap: St.John's loses in dramatic fashion to Hershey

The St. John's IceCaps gave up a late third period goal, and lose 2-1 to the Hershey Bears

St. John's IceCaps / Jeff Parsons

Coming off a 2-1 win over the Hershey Bears on Saturday night, the St. John's IceCaps were back at Mile One on Sunday afternoon, looking to keep up the winning ways in a matinee game against the Bears.

Coach Sylvain Lefebvre went back to Eddie Pasquale for the second time in two days. Pasquale came into the game with four straight wins. Veteran, Justin Peters, got the start for Hershey.

The IceCaps found themselves down a goal midway through the first period, as Chandler Stephenson walked around Morgan Ellis on the wing before centering the puck to the AHL's leading scorer, Chris Bourque. Bourque made no mistake, beating the IceCaps goaltender from the slot.

It didn't take long for the IceCaps to get going in the second period. Just under three minutes in, captain Gabriel Dumont tied things up at one. While on the power play, Morgan Ellis' slap shot broke the stick of Bears forward Dustin Gazley. The puck then deflected to Dumont, who slid it home for his 17th of the year.

The home team would soon fall behind once again. Hershey defenceman Erik Burgdoerfer's point shot found a way through traffic to beat Pasquale. Burgdoerfer's tally carried the visitors into the intermission with a 2-1 lead.

In the third, the IceCaps fourth line, which has been on fire of late, found a way to get on the score sheet. Reigning NHL All Star Game MVP John Scott went top shelf after a Brett Lernout rebound found its way to the big man. The look on Scott's face was priceless, even he was surprised it went in. The fans in St. John's were equally excited as well.

Unfortunately, the excitement around the rink was short-lived. With just over a minute remaining in regulation, Hershey forward Ryan Bourque came bursting through the neutral zone. The speedy winger made a pass to Zach Sill, who sent a routine shot on net. The puck hit the shoulder of Pasquale and went up in the air, only to land just over the goal-line, despite Joel Hanley's best effort to keep it out.

The IceCaps finished their six-game home stand with a record of 3-2-1. The team is back in action next weekend, with three games in 3 days, where they'll meet Utica, and Syracuse twice.


St. John's: Pasquale 26/29

Hershey Justin Peters 23/25

Three Stars

1.Zach Sill

2. John Scott

3. Chandler Stephenson