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Mouillierat and Jaffray score in shootout to lift IceCaps over Bruins

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ST JOHNS, N.L. - The St. John's IceCaps redeemed themselves on Wednesday, just one night after falling to the Providence Bruins.

Kael Mouillierat and Jason Jaffray both scored in the shootout as St. John's edged Providence 4-3 in American Hockey League action.

Mouillierat scored with a forehand-to-backhand deke, and Jaffray showed patience with a toe-drag before scoring top shelf.

"I liked our response tonight," said IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge. "I liked the fact that our game didn't drop off. When you lose the way we did last night, giving up the shorthanded goal in a 1-1 game, we didn't want to fall back to square one. We wanted to build on the six-game winning streak we had put together (before Tuesday's loss)."

Paul Postma had a goal and an assist for the IceCaps (27-17-3) while Adam Lowry and Andrew Gordon added a goal apiece.

Postma, who was sent to St. John's for a conditioning stint after recovering from a blood clot in his calf, is expected to return to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

"It feels really good (to score) and I'm just trying to play simple hockey," Postma said. "Consistently, I'm getting better. Tonight I felt pretty good and my legs were under me and I skated all right."

"I enjoyed my time here and took advantage of it. I had a lot of fun."

McCambridge feels Postma is in the right place both mentally and physically to return to the NHL after playing four games with the IceCaps.

"I thought this was his best game out of the whole time we had him," McCambridge said. "He should feel good about where he is before he goes up there."

Nick Johnson, Tyler Randell and Alexander Khokhlachev replied for the Bruins (24-18-7).

The Bruins opened the scoring through Johnson, who buried a one-time slap shot from the face-off dot 8:18 into the first period during 4-on-4 play.

Lowry tied it for the IceCaps, tipping home a Blair Riley slap shot from the point with 1:51 left in the first.

Just 3:44 into the second period, Postma found space in the slot and ripped a wrist-shot hard and low, which deflected off Gordon.

Khokhlachev tied it for the Bruins, beating IceCaps goalie Eddie Pasquale five-hole with a wrist shot from a wide angle at 14:16 of the second.

Postma gave the IceCaps a 3-2 lead with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban misplayed with his glove with 1:08 remaining in the second.

At 6:32 of the third period, St. John's turned the puck over on its blue line while on the power play and Randell scored backhand, low blocker on a partial breakaway.

Pasquale made 30 saves for St. John's. Subban stopped 29 shots for Providence.

The IceCaps went 1 for 6 on the power play while the Bruins failed to score on four chances with the man advantage.

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