Ed Pasquale can do everything but score goals for the St. John's IceCaps. Unfortunately, his teammates aren't helping him out on that front.
Pasquale made 30 saves, but the IceCaps couldn't get anything going offensively and fell 4-0 to the Worcester Sharks in American Hockey League action Wednesday night in St. John's.
"Overall we're just really frustrated, because we can't bury the puck," IceCaps forward Raymond Sawada. "Pasquale is doing everything he can, but if we can't score we're not going to win games."
John McCarthy scored twice as and Harri Sateri made 21 for the Sharks (22-18-6). Daniil Tarasov and Bracken Kearns also scored.
St. John's (21-24-3) dropped back-to-back games to the Sharks after coming up with back-to-back wins at home for the first time this season against the Binghamton Senators last weekend.
The game, which featured a total of 125 penalty minutes, got off to a rough start with a fight four seconds into the game and another at the 1:16 mark.
"I don't mind it," said Sawada, who fought twice in the game. "They definitely have some guys that are running around, but I felt when we had to, we stood up for ourselves. That's what we have to do against teams like that."
Pasquale had a great first period, including a few clutch saves to keep the game level midway through the period in which the Sharks outshot the IceCaps 14-6.
The Sharks kept pressing in the second and finally scored at 10:28 when Tarasov put a nice feed from Kennedy past Pasquale.
The IceCaps took back-to-back penalties with just over two minutes left in the second, giving the Sharks a lengthy five-on-three power play.
The penalties would prove to be costly, as the Sharks would hammer home two goals in less than a minute.
Kearns scored at 19:03 off a point shot through traffic that found its way through everybody.
McCarthy added to the IceCaps' misery when he banged home a rebound over Pasquale at 19:34. He then had his second goal of the game when he tipped a shot into the IceCaps' goal at 10:46 of the third period.
"We've got to make sure we're keeping ourselves in the mix for the playoffs," IceCaps coach Keith McCambridge said. "There's hockey ahead of us, we've got to make sure we're getting points and being able to keep within striking distance. These are two really tough losses, but there is still a lot of hockey to be played this season."
Worcester was 2 for 4 on the power play and St. John's was 0 for 5.