ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Devan Dubnyk stopped all four shots he faced in the shootout and made 25 saves in regulation as the Hamilton Bulldogs edged the St. John's IceCaps 4-3 in American Hockey League action Wednesday.
The goalie played with an aggressive style in the shootout, coming out to cut the angles down early, and set the tone by poke-checking the puck away from IceCaps forward Jerome Samson on the first attempt of the night.
"It's the way I play," Dubnyk said. "Some guys are different. For me, I like to get out and I feel I can move side-to-side well enough that if I get out and really give them absolutely nothing to shoot at then I'll be patient and force them to try and go around me."
Dubnyk said that although the Bulldogs are virtually eliminated from the playoff race, the team still looks forward to winning games at this point in the season.
"We talked about continuing the fight," he said. "We did a good job pushing to the end and we scored a huge goal in the third period. We were really close last night but we had a few letdowns that cost us towards the end of the game so it was really important to come out and do that tonight."
IceCaps defenseman Jordan Hill notched two assists on the night.
"It's nice to help out offensively, but I know that's not my game," Hill said. "I just try to move the puck to the forwards and let them do the work."
Hill said St. John's expected this sort of push back from Hamilton after beating them Tuesday night.
"They're a good team," he said. "Obviously it's late in the season and we're trying to get every point we can here, scratching and clawing towards the playoffs. We didn't get the job done tonight."
The IceCaps guaranteed themselves a playoff spot after winning Tuesday's game.
Andrighetto scored the shootout winner on a quick forehand-to-backhand move before slipping the puck in behind IceCaps netminder Tyler Beskorowany. Gabriel Dumont also scored in the shootout for the Bulldogs.
John Albert, Kyle MacKinnon and Adam Lowry scored in regulation for the St. John's IceCaps (43-22-7).
Greg Pateryn, Mike Blunden and Drew Schiestel answered for the Bulldogs (32-34-7).
The IceCaps scored first, 1:59 into the game, when Albert ripped a wrist shot from the left faceoff dot to score high glove side.
The Bulldogs equalized on a Pateryn slapshot, through a sprawled-out Beskorowany on the powerplay at the 13:41 mark of the first period.
MacKinnon gave the IceCaps a 2-1 lead when he surprised the Bulldogs and ripped a quick wristshot high glove with 4:25 left in the first.
Lowry backhanded home a rebound on the doorstep for St. John's at the 17:39 mark of the second period to make it a 3-1 game.
Seventeen seconds later, Schiestl pulled the Bulldogs within one from the slot with a wrist shot high glove.
Blunden tipped home a puck while going to the net at the 12:54 mark of the third period, to tie the game.
Beskorowany made 37 saves, and saved two of four shots in the shootout.