ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Ben Chiarot doesn't expect much offence out of his team.
So it wasn't a surprise for the defenceman that the IceCaps won -- he just didn't expect it to be so easy.
"We don't usually score that many goals, our games are usually tight-checking games," said Chiarot. "To get five is good. It's nice."
Chiarot scored and Eddie Pasquale made 24 saves as St. John's beat the Hershey Bears 5-1 in American Hockey League action on Friday.
Ben Chiarot, John Albert, Jason Jaffray, Austen Brassard and JC Lipon scored for the IceCaps (2-2-1). For Albert, Brassard and Jaffray, the goals marked their first of the season.
Hershey forward Jeff Taffe scored for the Bears (0-2-1), while David Leggio made 35 saves.
It was actually the second time this season St. John's scored five goals after they did it in a 5-1 win over Providence on Oct. 5.
"We are happy to get the two points and get some success," said IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge. "We know they will be coming hard tomorrow, so we have to enjoy it for two minutes and then shift gears and get ready for tomorrow."
McCambridge was happy with the team's offensive output, as well as their penalty-killing prowess in holding the Bears to just one power-play goal on six opportunities.
"Offensively, we were pretty creative and for the most part we were able to not get too buried and not lose too much momentum when killing off penalties," he said.
Taffe opened the scoring with a wraparound power-play goal, sliding the puck under a sprawling Pasquale at the 12:31 mark of the first period.
The IceCaps tied the game 28 seconds into the second, when a cross-crease pass found Lipon who hit a one timer on the doorstep into a wide-open net on the power play.
At the 8:59 into the third, Chiarot put the home team in the lead on a shot through traffic, getting a deflection from a Hershey player on the way.
"(Eric) O'Dell won the puck back from the faceoff and when I looked up I saw their guy was coming out pretty hard, so I just tried to get the puck by him," said Chiarot. "Their D-man tried to stop it and it deflected off his stick and went up and over their goalie's shoulder. It was a bit of a lucky break, but we will take it."
Jaffray doubled the lead for the IceCaps with a slapshot coming in over the blue-line at 10:13 in the third period.
IceCaps forward Carl Klingberg then carried the puck over the blue-line, beating a defender wide and playing a pass across the crease for a wide-open Albert to finish.
Brassard added more salt to the wound, breaking in the zone and beating Leggio high glove with 1:06 left in the game.