Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
Bozon – Dumont – Gregoire
McNally – MacMillan – Fournier
Pither – Miceli – Dietz[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Tinordi – Ellis
Hanley – Didier
Bennett – Lernout[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Dalton Thrower, 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, looking to continue their win streak, started off tonight’s game in Albany with seven shots on goal in the first period. It would be the highest number of shots on goal for St. John’s in any period for the rest of the game. After a fairly uneventful opening 10 minutes, Michael McCarron got called for a boarding penalty which led to a quick power play goal by the Devils.
20 seconds later, Gabriel Dumont responded with a goal of his own to even the score, assisted by Joel Hanley and Stefan Fournier. Not long after that, Jeremy Gregoire and Corey Tropp dropped the gloves for a spirited fight.
But it was a hard hit to the head on Jeremy Gregoire in the second period that sent Dan Kelly to the dressing room for the night with a match penalty. Gregoire eventually made his way off the ice under his own power, albeit very bloodied.
The Devils peppered Dustin Tokarski all night long. Tokarski, down from the Habs on a conditioning stint, responded well after shaking off some the rust from not playing in Montreal yet this season. He had some key saves during the game and especially in overtime.
Outshot 38-18 by the Albany Devils, the IceCaps couldn’t get out of their own zone long enough to get the game winner before Paul Thompson found an opening short side to end the game. Also down for a conditioning stint is Jarred Tinordi, who played exceptionally well throughout the game.
The IceCaps have now earned points in nine straight games.
▲ Charles Hudon, Jarred Tinordi, Gabriel Dumont, Dustin Tokarski