ST. JOHN, Ind. - Ray Sawada scored a tiebreaking goal at 12:34 of the third period and the St. John's IceCaps defeated the Portland Pirates 3-2 in American Hockey League action Tuesday night.
St. John's (30-34-6) had goals from Cody Sol and Josh Lunden, while starting goalie Mark Dekanich made 30 saves.
Phil Lane and Brendan Shinnimin scored for Portland (38-27-5). Mark Visentin made 20 saves for the Pirates.
Dekanich made several highlight reel saves Tuesday, but the most memorable might have been a shot from teammate Dean Arsene in the dying seconds of the game.
"I think he was trying to rim it and obviously the face-off didn't get won far enough back," said Dekanich. "He just turned around and took a slap shot and lucky enough I was ready and made a good save. He might owe me a coffee, or be pouring me coffee for the rest of the year."
The IceCaps got out to a lead in the first period at 11:57 thanks to an unlikely source in Sol, who fired a point shot that deceived Visentin and bounced in.