ALBANY, N.Y. -- Defenceman Ben Chiarot scored on a shot from the right point with 23.1 seconds remaining in regulation time, lifting the St. John's IceCaps to a 2-1 victory over the Albany Devils on Friday in American Hockey League playoff action.
The IceCaps, who lead the best-of-five series 1-0, got on the board 4:29 into the game with both teams down one skater. Jerome Samson, who played three AHL seasons in Albany, stole the puck behind the net and fed Eric O'Dell, who beat Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid between his pads.
Joe Whitney tied the score for Albany on a power play at 2:13 of the second period. He received a pass from defenceman Jon Merrill and ripped a wrist shot from the slot area past the stick of IceCaps goaltender Michael Hutchinson.
Hutchinson made 25 saves for St. John's while Kinkaid turned away 30-of-32 shots for Albany.
The series resumes Saturday night in Albany before moving to St. John's for the final three games.