Ben Chiarot scored the game winner with 23 seconds left in regulation time to lift the St. John's IceCaps to a 2-1 win over the Albany Devils at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., on Friday night.
The win gives the IceCaps a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five AHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
Chiarot's one-timer from the point beat Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid with time ticking down in the third.
Eric O'Dell also scored for the IceCaps while Michael Hutchinson stopped 25 shots for the win. Joe Whitney had the lone goal for Albany, while Kinkaid made 30 saves in a losing effort.
Game 2 goes tonight in Albany.