ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Jason Jaffray scored 52 seconds into the game, and Eddie Pasquale made 36 saves to lead the St. John's IceCaps over the Manchester Monarchs 4-1 in American Hockey League action on Friday.
"We got off to a good start and scored that early goal," IceCaps forward Adam Lowry said. "Then we got back on our heels a bit in the third period. We did a good job keeping their shots to the outside in the third."
Despite being outshot 18-7 in the third period, partially due to having to kill three penalties, Pasquale kept the IceCaps in the game.
Head coach Keith McCambridge was happy with the team's penalty kill.
"In the third period especially, our penalty kill was tested," McCambridge said. "The foundation for all penalty kills is making sure your goaltender is the best guy (out there). I thought Eddie (Pasquale) made some huge saves for us to be able to keep momentum."
One player who is making the most of his penalty kill opportunities, according to McCambridge, is Adam Lowry.
"He's really good and he's been good all season," he said. "He possesses long range and takes up a lot of ice, and he is able to read well on the forecheck. Lowry is a player that has a lot of intelligence on where to be on the ice and he's been key for us."
Lowry is happy to have an expanded role with the IceCaps, which allows him to be killing penalties and learning from veterans.
"It's good any time your role is increased with the team, you want to make the most of it," Lowry said. "(Patrice) Cormier and Jaffray have helped me out a lot on the penalty kill and knowing where to be."
Jerome Samson scored two goals, and John Albert had one for the IceCaps (20-15-3), who won their second in a row.
Nick Deslauriers replied for the Monarchs (25-11-6).
Jaffray opened the scoring when he tapped in a rebound off an Andrew Gordon slapshot.
Albert made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal when he cut across the net and beat Jean-Francois Berube with a backhand shot at 7:56of the second period.
Samson got his first goal of the game on the power play at 11:20 of the second, to make it 3-0.
The Monarchs got on the board at 14:17 of the second period when Jordan Weal tipped a pass across the crease to Deslauriers, who scored into a practically empty net.
Samson added an empty netter for the IceCaps with 14 seconds left.
Berube made 27 saves for Manchester.
St. John's was 1 for 4 with the man advantage, and the Monarchs were 0 for 5.