Lipon lifts IceCaps over Pirates with two-goal performance

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The Canadian Press
3/12/2014 8:43:41 PM
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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - JC Lipon scored two goals to propel the St. John's IceCaps to a 5-1 win over the Portland Pirates Wednesday night in American Hockey League action.

Jerome Samson, Jason Jaffray and Andrew Gordon also scored for the IceCaps (37-19-4).

Mathieu Brodeur replied for the Pirates (21-29-10).

St. John's opened the scoring when Gordon threw the puck out front while tangled up in the boards, and it found its way into the net off a skate 5:19 into the second period.

Adam Lowry passed to Lipon on a 2-on-1 rush, and the IceCaps forward made no mistake, burying the puck top glove on a hard wrist shot 6:54 into the second period.

Samson added another for St. John's, on the power play, backhanding home the puck short-side after grabbing it off an end-board bounce out front at the 9:48 mark of the third period.

The IceCaps extended the lead at the 10:38 mark of the second period when Adam Lowry won the draw clean to Lipon, who fired a quick one-time wrist shot.

Just 34 seconds into the third, Portland found the scoresheet when trailing defenceman Mathieu Brodeur wired a shot from just inside the left face-off circle to beat a sprawling Michael Hutchinson high blocker.

IceCaps forward Patrice Cormier sent a cross-crease feed across to Jaffray, who was wide-open on his way to the net. Jaffray scored high on a backhand 8:43 into the third period on the power play.

Hutchinson made 27 saves for the IceCaps. Mark Visentin stopped 32.

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

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