ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Jason Jaffray couldn't say why the IceCaps looked so good in one game and played terrible the next.
St. John's were shutout 4-0 by Hershey on Saturday in American Hockey League play, one night after beating the Bears 5-1.
Jaffray didn't know what happened to his team between the results.
"I wish I knew, I don't question our team's effort," he said. "We didn't have enough glorious chances tonight. Their goalie got a shutout but I can count on one hand the amount of good saves he made."
Jaffray was also disappointed by the team's inability to sweep the weekend series this early in the season.
"We have a young team and there is going to be a learning process, but these points are easier to come by early in the season than they are later on in the year," said Jaffray.
Bears goalie Philipp Grubauer recorded a 30-save shutout, but rarely looked tested.
Dmitry Orlov scored and had two assists for the Bears (1-2-1), while Derek Whitmore, Peter LeBlanc, Orlov and Casey Wellman also scored.
LeBlanc came streaking in on a partial breakaway, beating IceCaps (2-3-1) goalie Eddie Pasquale high blocker at 5:32 in the first period to open the scoring.
Whitmore doubled the lead at the 4:52 mark of the second on the power play, beating Pasquale high with a wrister.
With 1:43 left in the second, Orlov pinched in on a 3-on-2 rush to finish a one-time slapshot and put Hershey up 3-0.
In the third, Wellman took advantage of a 2-on-1 rush to score on Pasquale five-hole.
Pasquale finished with 21 saves for St. John's.
The IceCaps went 0 for 5 on the power play. Hershey was 1 for 3 on the man advantage.
IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge thought his team played with intensity but lacked execution.
"I think the back-to-back (games) scenario caught us on the wrong side of where we need to be," he said.
"We knew, as a group, that Hershey was going to come back with a strong push tonight. We hit four posts. That's the game sometimes, sometimes they go in and sometimes they don't."