Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Scherbak – Dumont – Holloway
McNally – Yogan – Friberg
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire
Scott – Miceli – Ranger [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Hanley – Johnston
Bennett – Ellis
Didier – Lernout[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Shane Bakker, Travis Brown, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
With their roster slowly and steadily getting called up to the Montreal Canadiens, and after a dismal game on Wednesday night, one might think that playing against the top-rated Hershey Bears might not bode well for the IceCaps. But tonight St. John’s came out to win, backstopped by a very confident Eddie Pasquale.
Despite going down 1-0 to the Bears in the first period thanks to a rocket from Jakub Vrana, the IceCaps stayed up on their skates and put the pressure on Hershey every step of the way. Pasquale made a number of critical saves and tracked the puck constantly.
Max Friberg evened the score in the second period, with assists from Brandon McNally and Andrew Yogan. That puts Yogan’s current point-streak at five games, ever since signing his PTO with St. John’s.
Then in the third period, Bud Holloway gave his team the go-ahead goal on the power play and Hershey could not recover.
Ryan Johnston took a hard hit into the boards and had to be helped off the ice; he did not return. Sylvain Lefebvre also had to head down the tunnel a few moments later when the Bears tried to clear the zone and the puck went into the St. John’s bench, hitting Lefebvre. He returned to the bench within minutes.
Charles Hudon and Darren Deitz were the latest callups to Montreal, on emergency status due to injuries in Montreal.
The Hershey Bears come into Mile One Centre again on Sunday afternoon for a matinee against the IceCaps.
▲ Eddie Pasquale, Andrew Yogan, Bud Holloway, Max Friberg, John Scott