Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Andrighetto
Lessio – Scherbak – Holloway
de la Rose – Dumont – Friberg
MacMillan – Gregoire [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Hanley – Lernout
Ellis – Dietz
Bennett – Johnston
Scratches: Michael Bournival, John Scott, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Victor Bartley (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
The slide continues for the St. John’s IceCaps. Coach Sylvain Lefebvre moved his lines around again, pushing Michael McCarron back to the first line, dropping Nikita Scherbak down to the second line. Gabriel Dumont moved back to center on the third line, putting Jacob de la Rose on the left wing. Lefebvre also chose to roll seven defensemen tonight.
The new look still failed to produce results. It only took about five minutes for the Wolf Pack to put the first goal on the scoreboard. Despite the first period continuing fairly quietly, things started to break down in the second frame. Josiah Didier took a couple of penalties, including a fighting major, and McCarron took consecutive penalties for cross-checking and unsportsmanlike conduct. Hartford tallied two more goals during the period, one of which came on the power play from McCarron’s second penalty.
Charles Hudon gave the IceCaps some hope by potting a wrister to start the third period, but the comeback hill was too steep to climb. This was the third consecutive loss for the IceCaps, who now head back to St. John’s for some rest and preparation for their next opponent.
In the meantime, McCarron and Morgan Ellis head to Syracuse to take part in the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday.
The IceCaps return to Mile One Centre on Friday night when they welcome the Utica Comets for a back-to-back series.
▲ Charles Hudon, Max Friberg
▼ Michael McCarron