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IceCaps explode for four goals in second, beat Crunch

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The Canadian Press
12/6/2011 9:58:33 PM
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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- David Aebischer continued his hot play in net for the St. John's IceCaps on Tuesday, winning his third game in a row.

Aebischer made 25 saves to lead the IceCaps to a 4-3 win over the Syracuse Crunch in American Hockey League action.

"I felt good the whole game," said the veteran goalie. "It was good to go back in there, and I think in the three games I played well. We had three wins so that's the most important."

Aebischer hadn't started a game in almost a month when he backstopped the IceCaps (15-4-4) to a 4-0 shutout over the Toronto Marlies on Friday.

Since then, he's been St. John's go-to goaltender as the IceCaps have built some momentum.

Aebischer believes the team is showing their depth with so many players unavailable to them.

"It's good, and it also shows our team, we have a lot of guys hurt, and with the Jets, and we still find a way to win," said Aebischer. "I think that's something that is really good.

"I think everybody has confidence in the guy next to him."

IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge is impressed with all three of his goalies and their ability to fight for ice time.

"Three strong games from (Aebischer)," said McCambridge. "He battled hard to get the win, but again you're looking at three goalies, that every time they get into the net they realize where they sit in the three, and battled hard to grab hold of that net."

Aaron Gagnon, Kenndal McArdle, Patrice Cormier and Zach Redmond provided the offence for St. John's.

Nicolas Deschamps, Kyle Palmieri and Brandon McMillan scored for the Crunch (10-9-3).

McCambridge was happy with his team's decision making throughout the game.

"The first period we came out really well, and we made some really good decisions with the puck," said the IceCaps coach. "They got the one goal, got us on our heels for a shift or two...but in my mind it was a matter of time before we started getting that puck behind the net."

The power play was lethal for St. John's on Tuesday. The IceCaps scored three power-play goals in the second period.

Veteran IceCaps forward Jason King believes the key to the power play is familiarity and lucky bounces.

"Right now it's just clicking," King said. "We're really getting used to our system, where guys are going to be. Early in the season, I think the power play was good, but we just weren't getting bounces. And now, when things turn they turn, and now they're going well we have to take advantage."

St. John's IceCaps (Photo: TSN.ca)

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(Photo: TSN.ca)
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