IceCaps sweep Crunch with 5-1 victory
Kyle MacKinnon scored two goals to lead the St. John's IceCaps over the Syracuse Crunch 5-1 Wednesday night in American Hockey League action, resulting in the first IceCaps two-game series sweep at home this season.
The two goals were MacKinnon's first and second of the season, but that wasn't what he was most happy about.
"That first one is always a good feeling," he said of his goal.
"Our mindset, as a team, was to focus on the win and get the sweep. That has been our goal every weekend, to put together two wins against the same team and in the past we've let some teams off the hook so it felt good to get this one."
St. John's beat Syracuse 6-2 on Tuesday night.
Even though the team was set on getting a sweep, MacKinnon didn't think there was any concern in the locker-room over the lack of past results.
"I don't think that there was a panic, or there was any extra weight on our shoulders to get the sweep (because) we've been playing pretty good hockey, for the most part," said MacKinnon.
"We knew sooner or later we would string a few together."
Reward came Wednesday night
IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge said the team has played well enough in the past to get a sweep and were finally rewarded Wednesday.
"Obviously we want to win on our home ice, and we realize we haven't had the chance to win back-to-back but we've been right there (lately) in every single game, playing against (other teams). We were in all these games, and we've been rewarded here tonight," said McCambridge. "We had a solid effort last night, and we were there again, and then some, tonight."
Brenden Kichton, Jason Jaffray and Zach Redmond also scored for the IceCaps (14-10-3).
Philip-Michael Devos replied for the Crunch (11-10-3).
Kichton made his way to the net and beat Cedrick Desjardins high blocker with a backhand 12:47 into the game, after he pinched and got the puck in the corner from Eric O'Dell.
At the 2:37 mark of the second period, Redmond carried the puck into the zone and scored a wrist shot high glove while 4-on-4.
Just 23 seconds later, MacKinnon copied Redmond, carrying the puck into the zone and then beating Desjardins high blocker.
MacKinnon added his second goal, 24 seconds into the third, finding a loose puck in front of the net and burying it with a wrist shot.
Devos put the Crunch on the board, scoring a wrist shot high blocker 3:37 into the third period.
With 2:02 left in the game, Jaffray put the puck through a Crunch player's legs, caught it on the other side and wristed the puck home while shorthanded.
Cedrick Desjardins made 31 saves for the Crunch, while Eddie Pasquale stopped 25 for the IceCaps.