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Albert scores twice, Hutchinson makes 31 saves, as IceCaps topple Sharks

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - John Albert led the way on Saturday as his club made up for a poor start with a strong finish.

After falling behind early, Albert scored two goals to propel the St. John's IceCaps to a 5-2 win over the visiting Worcester Sharks in American Hockey League action.

"It was just good to get the two points for the team, I think," Albert said. "We had a slow start but we came out in the second and third period and turned it on a little bit."

"Well, it's not the start we wanted for sure," added St. John's head coach Keith McCambridge. "We go down the ice and get a chance and then it goes back down to our end and goes in the back of our net. As the game wore on I thought we got better and better. I thought the back-half of the second and the third periods were solid for us."

Kael Mouillierat, Adam Lowry and Jerome Samson also scored for the IceCaps (28-17-3), who are 8-2-0 in their last 10 contests.

Konrad Abeltshauser and Rylan Schwartz replied for the Sharks (22-19-4).

Abeltshauser opened the scoring with a wrist shot from the point through traffic 35 seconds into the game.

Mouillierat tied the game for the IceCaps, scoring a one-time wrister high-blocker side with 5:53 left in the first period.

Sixteen seconds later, Albert took advantage of a loose puck in front of the net and gave the IceCaps the lead with a quick wrist shot.

"You have to put (being down) behind you," said Albert. "You can't look too much into it. We battled back."

At the 14:06 mark of the second, Samson made it 3-1 IceCaps when he finished a cross-crease pass from Kyle MacKinnon.

Schwartz pulled the Sharks within a goal 12:12 into the second period with a high wrist shot on the end of a toe drag.

Albert scored on a penalty shot 2:22 into the third period, as he chose to rip a quick and hard wrist shot from the slot past Worcester netminder Harri Sateri.

"I really wasn't expecting to get the penalty shot, but I'll take advantage of it," Albert said. "I like to shoot on those chances, I don't really like to deke because you never know how the ice is going to be."

The IceCaps went up 5-2 when Lowry found a loose puck off a rebound in front of the net and tapped it home 8:40 into the third.

IceCaps goalie Michael Hutchinson made 31 saves for the win while Sateri stopped 22 shots for the Sharks.

St. John's went 0-for-3 on the power play. Worcester failed to score on two chances with the man advantage.

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