Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Carr
Fournier – Dumont – Holloway
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire
McNally – Miceli[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Tinordi – Ellis
Hanley – Didier
Bennett – 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 IceCaps and Marlies got off to a really eventful first period in the second game of their back-to-back. Zach Hyman took an early penalty for closing his hand on the puck, allowing Morgan Ellis to give his team a 1-0 lead on the power play. Penalties ran high in this game, and about halfway through the first period the IceCaps found themselves with a 5-on-3. Daniel Carr fanned on an open net, but then took the puck around behind and slotted it past Bibeau to extend the lead.
Frustrations started showing for the Marlies as Rich Clune started throwing punches at Gabriel Dumont, for which Brett Lernout stepped in to defend. Clune and Lernout each earned a minor penalty and a ten minute misconduct, while Clune also picked up an extra five for fighting. Charles Hudon fired a shot at Bibeau during a subsequent 4-on-4, which Bud Holloway buried on the rebound.
The third period started with the IceCaps on another 5-on-3, the 5 on 3 which didn’t last long as Hudon sniped home his 10th of the season. Mark MacMillan ripped one over Bibeau’s shoulder to nab his first goal and give St. John’s a 5-1 lead. Shortly after MacMillan’s goal, Rich Clune and Dalton Thrower dropped the gloves in a very spirted tilt that ended in a draw.
Zach Fucale’s 37 saves backstopped the IceCaps to a huge 5-1 win over the Marlies at Ricoh today for a weekend sweep of Toronto.
Game notes by Chris Hatzitolios
▲ Daniel Carr, Charles Hudon, Morgan Ellis, Mark MacMillan, Bud Holloway