The St. John’s IceCaps staged a spirited comeback, but dropped a 5-3 decision to the Manchester Monarchs Saturday afternoon at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

The IceCaps were down 4-0 after two periods of play, but roared back in the third, starting with a wrap-around goal by defenceman Brenden Kichton at the 1:59 mark. Blair Riley and John Albert were awarded assists. 

About 90 seconds later, Andrew Gordon deflected a shot past Manchester netminder Martin Jones. Ian O’Connor picked up the assist on Gordon’s goal for his first-ever AHL helper.

Kael Mouillierat’s powerplay tally from Eric O’Dell and Will O’Neill brought the IceCaps to within one at the 5:43 mark. However with only 2:13 remaining, Tanner Pearson converted on a breakaway to seal the IceCaps’ fate.

St. John's is back in action on Sunday afternoon, taking on the Providence Bruins.