ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The St. John's IceCaps scored twice in a 41-second span early in the third period to put their 5-2 victory against the Norfolk Admirals beyond a doubt in Friday night American Hockey League playoff action.
The IceCaps also clinched the best of-seven playoff series 4-2 to earn a spot in the AHL's Eastern Conference final.
Jerome Samson, Kyle MacKinnon, Eric O'Dell, Andrew Gordon and Ben Chiarot scored for the IceCaps.
Andre Petersson and Steve Eminger replied for the Admirals.
The IceCaps took the lead 5:29 into the game when Adam Lowry shot on net and Samson fired home the rebound from the slot into a practically empty net.
Petersson tied the game for Norfolk when he buried a strong wrist shot off the crossbar and in at the 7:13 mark of the first period on the power play.
IceCaps goalie Michael Hutchinson saved a breakaway 9:45 into the first period to keep the game tied, and then 45 seconds later bailed out St. John's on another breakaway.
O'Dell found a loose puck off a rebound when skating to the right side of the net and scored on a quick wrister for the IceCaps with 9:39 left in the second period.
The Admirals capitalized when Chris Wagner fanned on a shot which ended up trickling across the slot to an incoming Eminger, who scored an easy tap-in at the right post at the 14:22 mark of the second period.
St. John's took back the lead when MacKinnon knocked in a loose puck in the crease after defencemen Brenden Kichton carried it to the net from the point at the 17:03 mark of the second period.
The IceCaps ran rampant to start the third, as Gordon caught the Admirals napping 3:27 into the period, scoring on a heads-up play with a quick wrist shot from along the goal-line to beat an out-of-position Brad Thiessen.
St. John's added another 41 seconds later when Chiarot found a hole in traffic and the goalie to score a well-placed wrist shot from the side boards.
Hutchinson stopped 26 for the IceCaps, while Admirals goalie Brad Thiessen saved 34.