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Gordon hat trick sends IceCaps to round two

Andrew Gordon‘s hat trick led the offense and Michael Hutchinson‘s 39 saves made it stand up as the St. John’s IceCaps eliminated the Albany Devils with a 4-1 win in Game 4 on Friday night at Mile One Centre.

Gordon notched his first three goals of the series for his second career postseason hat trick.

Just 3:47 into the game, Jason Jaffray found a loose puck in the crease and shoveled it over to Gordon, who buried it to give the IceCaps a 1-0 lead for the fourth straight game.

With St. John’s shorthanded at 7:58 of the second period, Patrice Cormier won an offensive-zone faceoff to Gordon, who collected a rebound of his initial shot and fired it home to make it 2-0.

Jon Merrill cut the deficit in half at 9:17 of the second with a long drive from the right point that beat Hutchinson, but Gordon batted a loose puck out of mid-air at the side of the net to make it 3-1, and John Albert provided the final margin with a goal at 17:15 of the second period.

After going 17-5-1 (2.30, .923) in the regular season, Hutchinson finished the series with six goals allowed on 124 shots, good for a 1.51 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage in four games.

Albany went 0-for-6 on the power play in Game 4; St. John’s was 1-for-4.

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Series “D” (best-of-5)
4-St. John’s IceCaps vs. 5-Albany Devils
Game 1 – Fri., Apr. 25 – St. John’s 2, ALBANY 1
Game 2 – Sat., Apr. 26 – ALBANY 4, St. John’s 2
Game 3 – Wed., Apr. 30 – ST. JOHN’S 1, Albany 0
Game 4 – Fri., May 2 – ST. JOHN’S 4, Albany 1