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Melchior scores first of season; IceCaps edge Sound Tigers

The Canadian Press

3/7/2014 8:45:06 PM

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- The St. John's IceCaps set a franchise record with seven straight wins Friday night, beating the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-2 in American Hockey League action.

IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge was happy with the result, but said the team isn't spending time thinking about records.

"I wouldn't say we're separating our shoulders patting ourselves on the back," McCambridge said. "We're happy we were able to get the win.

"I like the fact that we put a lot of shots on the net and we had traffic. We were able to get a goal and build off thata And, we will take the seven (wins)."

IceCaps defenceman Julian Melchiori scored his first goal of the season in the win.

"I think it's awesome," he said. "The team is rolling right now. It's all working for us. Hopefully we can keep rolling tomorrow and move up in the standings. It's good to contribute whenever you can and I was happy (to score)."

The 22-year-old is in his second season with the IceCaps, and McCambridge said Melchiori is getting up to stride.

"The season has been interesting for him," McCambridge said. "He had a strong year last year and then came back this season and any time he was able to start getting his feet underneath him and be playing strong, an injury would set him back. I really feel we're starting to see him take strides to be a strong, potential NHL defenceman."

Jerome Samson and Blair Riley also scored for St. John's (35-19-4).

Johan Sundstrom and Chris Langkow replied for the Sound Tigers (26-27-5).

Samson opened the scoring for the IceCaps, scoring a power-play goal on a low wrister through traffic from the faceoff dot with 3:41 left in the first period.

Melchiori doubled the lead, wiring home a crisp wrist shot from the point at the 14:25 mark of the second period.

Kyle MacKinnon fanned on a shot and chased it to the net, tapping it in during the ensuing scramble to put St. John's up 3-0, 1:13 into the third period.

Sundstrom scored for Bridgeport, burying a wrist shot from the point which fooled IceCaps goalie Michael Hutchinson blocker side at the 3:08 mark of the third period.

Langkow whacked in a loose puck on the doorstep to put the Sound Tigers within one with 2:10 left in the game.

IceCaps forward Carl Klingberg left the game with just over a minute left after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Aaron Ness, who was served a five-minute kneeing penalty and a game misconduct. Klingberg will be further evaluated tomorrow.

Bridgeport goalie Kevin Poulin made 36 saves. Hutchinson stopped 22 for the IceCaps.