ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Adam Lowry says he feels most comfortable when he's in front of the net.
He proved that Saturday by scoring two goals in the first period and adding an assist in the third before J.C. Lipon had the shootout winner to lift St. John's over the Toronto Marlies 5-4.
"That's where I feel most at home on the power play, in front of the net," Lowry said. "Making it hard on goalies to see the puck and battling down low. I just try to use my size to my advantage."
But despite Lowry's three-point night, the IceCaps' forward wouldn't take much credit for his team's win.
"I can't really take a lot of credit, it was a really nice pass from Jerome (Samson) on the first one," Lowry said. "Will (O'Neill) got a shot through on the second one. I'm just trying to get in front of the goalie and impede his vision on the power play and such.
"I was fortunate to get a few lucky breaks."
Both teams played a physical game, with five fights and several big hits highlighting the contest. IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge says he was happy with how his team responded to the physicality.
"We had good energy," McCambridge said. "We go down one goal and then we responded quickly with three. We were physical, it was one of our most physical games of the season."
Carl Klingberg and Patrice Cormier also scored for the IceCaps (18-15-3).
Peter Holland scored two for the Marlies (20-11-3), while Wade MacLeod and T.J. Brennan added one each.
The Marlies opened the scoring 23 seconds into the game as MacLeod finished off a rebound chance on the backhand.
Lowry levelled the score for the IceCaps with a wrist shot in front of the net on a cross-crease pass 3:54 into the first period. With 2:42 left in the first, Lowry scored his second of the game, tipping home an O'Neill point shot in front of the net on the power play.
Cormier won position in front and tapped in a goal 44 seconds into the second period off a nice feed from Brenden Kichton.
The Marlies shortened the gap to one as Josh Leivo made a nifty backhand pass and found Holland open in the slot at the 3:06 mark of the third period on the power play.
Lowry carried the puck to the net at the 9:43 mark of the third and passed across to Klingberg, who scored on the doorstep.
Brennan scored a wrist shot high blocker to bring the Marlies within one less than a minute later on the power play.
Holland then fooled IceCaps goalie Eddie Pasquale high, as Pasquale misplayed a puck that seemed to be going over the net at 12:02 in the third to force extra time.
Pasquale finished with 35 saves, while Drew MacIntyre stopped 22 for Toronto.