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Lunden scores winner as IceCaps top Pirates

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The Canadian Press
3/15/2014 8:51:21 PM
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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- All Tyler Beskorowany had to do was be patient.

Beskorowany made 29 saves Saturday as the St. John's IceCaps edged the Portland Pirates 3-2 in American Hockey League action.

Beskorowany's start made him the team's third starting goaltender of the season after Eddie Pasquale's season-ending injury and Michael Hutchinson's callup Friday to the Winnipeg Jets.

"I went through it one save at a time," said Beskorowany. "That was the mentality I had all night. These guys played well in front of me. I've never seen a team block so many shots in my life. I made the saves I had to and gave them a chance to win."

The 23-year-old goalie said he didn't feel nervous ahead of the home game.

"The nerves weren't too bad," Beskorowany said. "Just being at home maybe helps the nerves a little, having that home crowd behind you."

Due to NHL callups the IceCaps are also without Eric O'Dell, Patrice Cormier and John Albert. Team leading scorer Kael Mouillierat is also out with injury.

With that in mind, head coach Keith McCambridge said the IceCaps need to stay focused.

"The mindset is 'keep pushing forward.' We still have a lot of really good pieces in that dressing room," he said.

"Our depth is being tested right now but this is part of what happens, day in and day out. You never know what your lineup is going to be. I'm proud of the guys for being able to push forward."

Josh Lunden, Andrew Gordon and Carl Klingberg scored for the IceCaps (38-20-4).

Brandon Yip and Jordan Szwarz replied for the Pirates (22-30-10).

The IceCaps opened the scoring when Jerome Samson found Gordon in front of the net for an easy tap-in. The shot snuck in under the glove 11:36 into the first period.

Portland equalized when Yip roofed a wrist shot at the 7:37 mark of the second on the power play.

Just under a minute later a Mathieu Brodeur point shot found its way to the net, banking off Szwarz in the crease and in for Portland's second goal.

Klingberg pounced on a loose puck in the slot and scored a high slapshot 4:58 into the third period, tying the game for the IceCaps.

Lunden put the IceCaps ahead with 6:58 left in the game on a backhander from the slot coming through the zone.

Mark Visentin stopped 31 for Portland.

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

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