Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – Scherbak – Andrighetto
Lessio – McCarron – Holloway
Bournival – De la Rose – Dumont
MacMillan – Eisenschmid – Friberg [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Hanley – Lernout
Ellis – Dietz
Bennett – Johnston[/one_half_last]
Scratches: John Scott, Josiah Didier, Jeremy Gregoire, Victor Bartley (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
The Portland Pirates certainly can boast that they have the IceCaps’ number. They closed out the season series with a sweep against St. John’s. And each game seemed to unfold with a high number of goals against the IceCaps.
The visitors came out a little stronger than they had been on Wednesday night, but still without the right formula to solve goaltender Mike McKenna. To make matters worse, Markus Eisenschmid took a big hit early in the first period and went off the ice accompanied by the trainer. He did not return to the game.
Bud Holloway returned to the lineup after missing a couple of weeks with injury. He made his mark in the second period by potting a power play goal to tie the game.
But in the third period, yet again, the Pirates ramped things up and Rocco Grimaldi scored a pair of goals along with one by Rob Schremp. Mark MacMillan snuck one past McKenna with just two seconds left in the game but it was too little too late.
The IceCaps head right to Hartford for a Saturday night matchup against the Wolf Pack to finish out the road trip. Morgan Ellis and Michael McCarron will then head to Syracuse to take part in the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic.
▲ Bud Holloway