Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Carr
Bozon – Dumont – Gregoire
McNally – MacMillan – Fournier
Blain – Miceli[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Thrower – Ellis
Tinordi – Didier
Hanley – Lernout
Scratches: Darren Dietz, Mark Barberio (undisclosed), Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Ryan Johnston (back surgery)
The St. John’s IceCaps had a strong start to this game, with Charles Hudon streaking down the left wing past the Marlies’ defenseman to rip a shot high on Antoine Bibeau. The Marlies goalie made a strong glove save, and not too long after that, stood tall once again when Gabriel Dumont got close.
Just over two minutes into the game Josiah Didier took an interference penalty, which was successfully killed off. As the period rolled on, Didier became more engaged, playing well defensively and jumping in on the rush. On a hooking penalty by Brendan Leipsic, Stefan Fournier took advantage of a William Nylander turnover and roofed a shot over Bibeau’s shoulder to give the IceCaps a 1-o lead.
Penalties came back to haunt the IceCaps once again. Mac Bennett got called for high sticking and the Marlies took advantage as Leipsic roofed a shot over Eddie Pasquale to tie the game.
Late in the second period, Dumont pulled a nice toe drag around Stuart Percy and shot the puck from a tight angle on Bibeau to give his team a 2-1 lead. The lead lasted just over a minute as Sam Carrick passed it back to Andrew Campbell at the blueline, whose shot was tipped in the high slot by Matt Frattin. Stefan Fournier gave his team a 3-2 lead before the period expired.
Hudon ripped a slapshot home just 52 seconds into the third period while on the power play. With Pasquale standing tall in the St. John’s net, the goal scoring continued to open up for the visiting team. Carr made a fantastic backhand feed to Hudon, and finally, with 25 seconds left on the clock, Michael McCarron passed to Dumont who got the puck to Carr for an empty net goal, sealing a fairly dominant 6-2 win over the Marlies.
Game notes by Chris Hatzitolios
▲ Daniel Carr, Mike McCarron, Charles Hudon, Gabriel Dumont, Eddie Pasquale