Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Scherbak
Friberg – De la Rose – Dumont
Addison – Audette – Holloway
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Parisi – Didier
Bourque – Ellis
Bennett – Thrower[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Ben Scrivens, Brandon McNally, Angelo Miceli, Alexandre Ranger, Eddie Pasquale, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)
Here was the night the IceCaps and their fans had been waiting for. A strong team win, despite knowing that the playoffs are now out of reach.
Jeremy Gregoire was the first one to get on the scoreboard against the Utica Comets, assisted by Jeremiah Addison who notched his first pro point with the helper. Addison made his debut in this game in addition to Daniel Audette and Simon Bourque.
Bourque would also get his first pro point on an assist to Jacob de la Rose’s power play goal in the third period, which would put the IceCaps ahead of the Comets 2-1. Utica peppered netminder Zach Fucale all night long, outshooting St. John’s 49-27 when all was said and done. Fucale looked strong and focused in net.
After Taylor Fedun scored the equalizer late in the third, earning his team a spot in the AHL playoffs, it was time for an extra period. Morgan Ellis came up big for the IceCaps with a rocket one-timer from the top of the circle to give them a much-needed win.
The IceCaps finish out their season series against Utica tomorrow with a matinee game at Mile One Centre.
▲ Zach Fucale, Jacob de la Rose, Jeremiah Addison, Jeremy Gregoire, Max Friberg, Morgan Ellis