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The Canadian Press
3/1/2014 7:46:05 PM
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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- The sound of the final buzzer going off on Saturday night was music to St. John's IceCaps goalie Michael Hutchinson's ears.

Hutchinson earned a 42-save shutout to lead his team over the Binghamton Senators 1-0 in American Hockey League action.

"I was pretty excited when the final buzzer went," Hutchinson said. "I didn't even realize when it first went off, I was getting ready for the guy who was about to take a shot.

"After that, everything hits you and you start reflecting and enjoying it once you get in the locker room."

IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge said the star of the game tonight was an expected one.

"I thought our best player was obviously who everybody knows it was, it's Hutchinson," McCambridge said. "It was all him. He bailed us out numerous times, and credit the guys who were blocking shots."

The IceCaps were aware what they were up against playing the Senators, who lead the league in goals scored this year.

"They are the number one ranked team offensively in the league, and they showed that tonight," McCambridge said. "We turned over too many pucks, to give them opportunities."

Hutchinson says playing against a team with the offensive production of the Senators is a welcome challenge.

"It's always really fun to play when we play against a team with as much offensive power as Binghamton has," Hutchinson said. "You know you're going to face shots and you're going to be relied on."

Eric O'Dell scored for the IceCaps (34-19-4).

Andrew Hammond made 24 saves for the Senators (33-19-4).

St. John's opened the scoring 11:41 into the game, as Kael Mouillierat found O'Dell headed to the net. O'Dell finished off a low one-time wrist shot.

St. John's was outshot 17-8 through the first period but held on to the lead due to strong play from Hutchinson.

Halfway through the second period, Hutchinson made the save of the night, sprawling with his left pad to shut down Corey Cowick on a cross-crease opportunity to preserve the lead.

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