ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- A three-goal first period started things off right for the St. John's IceCaps Friday night as they downed the Binghamton Senators 6-2 in American Hockey League action.
"I really liked our start," IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge said. "I thought we came out and set the tone. We were able to get on the board first and then build off that. It was a strong game against an excellent team."
John Albert and Kael Mouillierat each scored two goals to lead St. John's.
McCambridge was happy to get star performances from both forwards, and said he has been impressed with their play of late.
"Mouillierat has been a really good offensive piece for us all season long," he said. "He's a cornerstone on the power play and 5-on-5 he's a solid two-way player that can create offence. And, John Albert has really taken his game to the next level. The speed he comes through the neutral zone with is hard to contain."
Mouillierat enjoyed scoring two in front of the home crowd and setting the tone early for the IceCaps.
"It's awesome," Mouillierat said. "You always want to contribute. I've been trying to focus on shooting the puck a little more, lucky enough, a few went in for me tonight."
The forward wasn't surprised by the style of game, which featured a lot of quick breaks and a few breakaways.
"Last time we played them it was a high-flying game too," he said. "They have a lot of firepower over there. We tried to limit their chances and take advantage of ours.
Adam Lowry and Eric O'Dell also scored for the IceCaps (33-19-4).
Buddy Robinson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau replied for Binghamton (33-18-4).
IceCaps goalie Michael Hutchinson made 26 saves, while his Binghamton counterpart, Nathan Lawson, stopped 28 shots.
Lowry opened the scoring, putting the IceCaps ahead on a backhander five-hole in front of the net at the 5:09 mark of the first period.
Albert added to the lead 12:21 into the first, cleaning up a Jason Jaffray rebound on the power play.
Thirty seconds later, Mouillierat put the IceCaps up 3-0, finishing off a pass out front, beating Lawson high.
Mouillierat added his second of the game with a high wrister 10:18 into the second, from the right faceoff dot on the power play.
Albert added his second of the game, stripping a defender of the puck and scoring on a breakaway after a quick backhand-to-forehand move with 31 seconds left in the second period.
O'Dell added insult to injury, scoring a penalty shot with a quick shot to fool Lawson 2:38 into the third.
Robinson put the Senators on the scoreboard with a high blocker wristshot at the 7:53 mark of the third.
Pageau added another for the Senators, finishing a cross-crease tap-in 10:14 into the third.
St. John's went 2-for-9 on the power play, while the Senators were 1-for-5 with the man advantage.