ALBANY, NY – Nick Lappin scored the game-winning, power-play goal with one minute remaining in regulation to give the Albany Devils a 4-3 win against the St. John’s IceCaps in their final meeting of the season. The Devils picked up two big points and improves their overall record to 37-30-2-3. The IceCaps move to 33-29-8-2.
Shane Harper opened up the game’s scoring at 10:12 of the first period with his eighth goal of the season and his first as a member of the Devils. Steven Santini received a pass from Seth Helgeson as he entered the offensive zone and connected with Harper for a tip-in in front of the net. The assist was Santini’s first in 16 games as an Albany Devil after playing 37 games in the NHL.
Lappin netted a goal at 1:38 of the second period to give Albany a 2-0 lead. John Quenneville handled a rebounded Josh Jacobs slapshot and fed Lappin who had a wide open net for his twelfth goal of the year and fourth point in two games.
Chris Terry and Zach Redmond scored two St. John’s power-play goals at 11:49 and 17:54, respectively of the second period to cut the lead to 3-2. Defenseman Keegan Lowe tied the game at three at 5:26 of the third period with a slapshot from the point.
The Devils travel to Syracuse Saturday for a 7 pm matchup with the Crunch at the Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter.