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Sharks use first-period lead to hold off IceCaps

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The Canadian Press
2/9/2014 5:07:55 PM
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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- It'll be a long night for IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge.

Falling behind three goals and the inability to capitalize on six power-play opportunities proved insurmountable for the St. John's IceCaps, who fell 4-2 to the Worcester Sharks on Sunday in American Hockey League action.

"I hate to lose, I don't sleep well when we lose," McCambridge said. "I thought we played a strong game. (But) we had a hard time in the first two periods putting pucks to the net and having screens and traffic at the net."

Travis Oleksuk, Eriah Hayes, Dan DaSilva and Rod Davison scored for the Sharks (23-17-3).

Blair Riley and Kael Mouillierat replied for the IceCaps (28-18-3).

The Sharks limited the IceCaps on the power play by blocking lanes and taking away quality scoring chances, which was noticeable to IceCaps forward Eric O'Dell.

"They were doing pretty good with blocking shots and we didn't put enough pucks on net, like we usually do," O'Dell said. "We were moving the puck pretty well, but (didn't) get enough pucks on net."

McCambridge thought the power play, which is seventh overall in the AHL, could have had a better chance at scoring if his own club stayed disciplined while on the man advantage.

"We had two power plays where we nullified them by taking penalties," McCambridge said. "That doesn't work in our favour."

St John's beat the Sharks Saturday night, and would have been thrilled to take both games of the two-game mini series entering the AHL All-Star break. But winning back-to-back at home hasn't been easy this season for the IceCaps.

"We had a pretty good game but we had a couple breakdowns in our defensive zone that cost us," O'Dell said. "We tend to win one and lose one at home. It's tough to get two wins when teams come here to play us. We have to get better at that. Tonight was an important game and we came up short."

The Sharks scored first when a pass from behind the net found Oleksuk out front alone, where he scored into a wide-open net 5:27 into the first period.

Davison doubled the lead for the Sharks, hitting home a one-time slap shot past IceCaps goaltender Michael Hutchinson with 5:03 left to play in the second period.

Hayes tapped home a rebound 2:50 into the third period on the power play to increase the lead to 3-0.

The IceCaps found the score sheet when Riley tipped home a Will O'Neill slapshot from the point at the 11:10 mark of the third.

Mouillierat pulled the IceCaps to within one by tapping home a rebound off a Carl Klingberg backhander at 14:50, however DaSilva buried an empty netter with 22.2 seconds left to clinch the win for Worcester

Troy Grosenick stopped 29 shots for the Sharks, while Hutchinson made 25 saves for St. John's.

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

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(Photo: TSN.ca)
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