continued The Crunch was fortunate to have won this battle, but the players attributed their success to hard work and positive outlook,never to quit when the chips are down.
On special teams, Syracuse stood out, killing off five out of six penalties, but badly lost battle in the trenches at the face off position from the right circle.
In this game, Tarki stopped 18 shots and Pasquale made 36 saves for St. John’s. Marc Bell and John Mitchell scored,neutralizing the IceCaps' two-goal effort by Aaron Gagnon in the third period.
Now the series will shift gears to the Mile One Center in Newfoundland, where the remaining games will be played. The Ice Caps will have a major home-ice advantage as they have sold out all 38 regular-season games in their building.
The Ice Caps wasted no time in game two, scoring 47 seconds into the first period. A pair of behind-the-back passes. led to a rebound shot from Patrice Cormier hammering the puck past Tarki, giving St. John's a 1-0 lead.
Syracuse cleaned up those mistakes and defensive breakdowns, while Tarki protected the goal. The Crunch’s offense reciprocated when Bell tallied in the equalizer tying the score at 1.
Syracuse played at a higher level on the offensive side in the second period and built a 3-1 advantage courtesy of Mat Clark who buried a shot underneath the leg of Pasquale.
Shortly thereafter, it was John Mitchell who fired a scorching shot that Pasquale deflected into the net, sending the Crunch fans into a frenzy of singing, dancing and towel-waiving.
However, this battle was far from settled, thanks to Gagnon, who tied the score 3-3 just 48 seconds into the third period.
As the period progressed, Syracuse persevered, avoiding costly turnovers. Tarki bailed out his team with diving and glove saves, and the series went north dead even.