Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Friberg – Dumont – Holloway
Hudon – Ward – Scherbak
McNally – MacMillan – Gregoire
Bozon – Yogan – Ranger[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Joyaux – Ellis
Didier – Lernout
Scott – Johnston[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Shane Bakker, Mac Bennett, Angelo Miceli, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)
IceCaps fans watching tonight’s game may have thought they were experiencing deja vu. Charles Hudon scored first for St. John’s again, assisted by Nikita Scherbak, tying the game early in the first period at 1-1.
In the second period, the IceCaps once again opened up the scoring with two goals by Brandon McNally, and a goal by Morgan Ellis. Cory Ward added two more assists to his season tally. Penalties came and went, but the penalty killing unit stood tall and denied every Rochester attempt to put pucks through Eddie Pasquale.
Then, in the final frame, Max Friberg put the IceCaps up 5-1 – just like they started the period on Wednesday night. And just like the previous game, that’s when the Americans started to mount a comeback, scoring two quick goals. But Pasquale stood his ground, despite being peppered with 28 shots in the 3rd period, and the IceCaps took this one decisively 5-3.
It was a valiant team win by a group of hockey players who have faced some devastating losses over the last week of the season. The win should give them a much-needed boost of confidence going into Saturday’s afternoon matinee against the Toronto Marlies at the Air Canada Centre.
▲ Morgan Ellis, Mark MacMillan, Cory Ward, Eddie Pasquale, Brandon McNally, Max Friberg
▼ John Scott, Tim Bozon, Alexandre Ranger