Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Carr
Bozon – Dumont – Gregoire
McNally – MacMillan – Fournier
Blain – Miceli[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Barberio – Ellis
Tinordi – Didier
Hanley – Lernout
Scratches: Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Ryan Johnston (back surgery)
Coming into this game, the IceCaps had settled their last five consecutive games in overtime or a shootout. This game in Rochester would follow that trend, adding a sixth game of extra minutes to the St. John’s streak.
It was the first of another six-game roadtrip for the IceCaps and the first period made them look tired and sluggish. They spent most of the period pinned in their own end, only tallying five shots on goal. Discipline became a factor once again as penalties started early. Jarred Tinordi, sent down from Montreal for a conditioning stint, had two penalties on the night.
After the first intermission, the IceCaps found themselves down by a goal but seemed to find some energy. They turned the tables on the Americans, skating faster, getting shots on net, and drawing penalties. Morgan Ellis tied things up and then the first line of Daniel Carr, Michael McCarron, and Charles Hudon turned on the jets. They were strong in the crease, putting pressure on Rochester’s goaltender, and were rewarded with a power play goal for Carr and an even-strength goal for McCarron.
The IceCaps held onto their one goal lead for the remainder of the game, despite some close calls shut down by Zach Fucale. It was a late goal by defenseman Colby Robak , however, that tied the game with 16 seconds remaining and eventually forcing overtime.
Extra time was pretty evenly played, with both goaltenders making some big saves. Hudon had a bad turnover which led to a two-man rush against him during which he broke his stick trying to defend the play.
No St. John’s shooters were able to score in the shootout, and just one goal by Jason Akeson for Rochester was all it took to finish this one.
▲ Daniel Carr, Mike McCarron, Mark Barberio
▼ Gabriel Dumont