Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
McNally – Scherbak – Friberg
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire
Scott – Miceli – Rankin [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Ellis – Dietz
Hanley – Lernout
Didier – Johnston[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Alexandre Ranger, Shane Bakker, Travis Brown, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Gabriel Dumont (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
After a few days of travel and practice, the IceCaps came into Albany tonight looking for a win after dropping their last two to Binghamton. Charles Hudon was back in the lineup after missing one game due to injury.
But less than five minutes into the game it felt like deja vu all over again as the Devils got on the board first. By the midway point of the second period they held a 3-0 lead over the IceCaps, and the visiting team was looking unorganized and frustrated.
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre must have lit a fire under the team in the second intermission as they came out blazing in the third period, with Hudon getting St. John’s on the board just over a minute into the frame. Thirty seconds later it was Tim Bozon’s turn to put a puck past Yann Danis – his first goal of the season.
The IceCaps continued to pressure throughout the third, but in the final minute allowed Albany to get an empty net goal. With just three seconds remaining Bozon got the IceCaps within one goal, but again it was too late for the full comeback and St. John’s dropped their third consecutive game.
Victor Bartley was called up to the Montreal Canadiens the day before this game, which then led to Travis Brown getting called up to the IceCaps from the Brampton Beast. Brown did not play in this game, however.
The Icecaps continue their road trip by heading to Utica for a game against the Comets on Saturday night.
▲ Tim Bozon, Charles Hudon, Brett Lernout, Max Friberg
▼ John Scott