Newspaper article The Canadian Press

St. John's IceCaps Romp to 5-1 Win against Norfolk Admirals for 3-1 Series Lead

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

St. John's IceCaps Romp to 5-1 Win against Norfolk Admirals for 3-1 Series Lead

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IceCaps beat Admirals to take 3-1 series lead

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NORFOLK, Va. - St. John's can sit back and relax for a while if it can win Game 5 of its American Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday in Norfolk.

The IceCaps got first-period goals by Carl Klingberg and Jason Jaffray in coasting to a 5-1 win Monday over the Admirals and hold a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven semifinal series.

St. John's added goals from Jerome Samson and Eric O'Dell in the second period and another by O'Dell in the third, moving into position to win the series Tuesday and advance to the Eastern final while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Providence decide the other finalist.

That series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 set for Wednesday.

"We talked about having a killer instinct at the start of the playoffs," said Jaffray, the St. John's captain. "If you get a chance to finish off a team, you've got to jump all over them. We've got a chance (Tuesday).

"As much as we enjoy playing in front of our home fans at Mile One Centre, any chance to send a team packing is a huge opportunity."

St. John's, which finished fourth in the East during the regular season, is the highest-seeded team left in the conference after all three division winners-- Manchester, Binghamton and Springfield-- were ousted in the opening round.

The IceCaps' goals Monday looked familiar.

Klingberg set up shop in front of the Admiral net, screening goalie Brad Thiessen in position to tip in a shot from the blue line by Josh Morrissey to earn a 1-0 lead with only 4:11 played in the opening period. The play replicated one that earned St. John's two goals only two nights earlier in Game 3.

Jaffray's goal came when he was at the net to tip in a shot by Morrissey with 14:39 played.

"You've got to make it tough on any goalie you play against," Jaffray said. "Any scouting report is going to say get traffic, put rebounds upstairs and get the dirty goals. …

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