Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Lessio – Hudon – Holloway
Bournival – McCarron – Dumont
MacMillan – De La Rose – Fournier
McNally – Eisenschmid – Gregoire [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Bennett – Dietz
Ellis – Didier
Hanley – Lernout[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Ryan Johnston (back surgery)
As the road trip continued for the St. John’s IceCaps, they found themselves taking the ice in another NHL rink – this time in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center. The Rochester Americans got things started with a lot of energy, especially after the IceCaps gave them a few early power play opportunities.
The Americans converted one of those man advantages in the first period and went into the intermission with a one-goal lead.
The second period kicked off with a quick goal by Gabriel Dumont just 21 seconds in, but Rochester got it right back just over a minute later. Jacob de la Rose and Lucas Lessio were some of the strongest players on the puck tonight, checking well and skating hard. Dustin Tokarski was shaky at times, but settled in as the game wore on. Late in the period, Charles Hudon found the back of the net on a power play to even the score at 2-2.
St. John’s came out in the third looking a little slow and disorganized, but neither team could get a puck past the opposing goaltender. The overtime period was fast and frenzied, with Tokarski making some key saves to keep the IceCaps in it. However once the shootout came around, Tokarski was unable to stop any of the three Amerks shooters.
Mike McCarron left the game early in the third period after taking an apparent stick to the face and did not return to the bench. The IceCaps return to the ice on Thursday night when they take on the Senators in Binghamton, NY.
▲ Jacob de la Rose, Lucas Lessio
▼ Mac Bennett