Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Friber – Dumont – Holloway
Hudon – MacMillan – Scherbak
McNally – Ward – Gregoire
Scott – Yogan – Bozon[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Didier – Ellis
Parisi – Johnston
Bennett – Joyaux[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Shane Bakker, Alexandre Ranger, Ben Scrivens, Angelo Miceli, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)
The last road trip of the season didn’t go well for the IceCaps. They probably were relieved to get back to St. John’s this week and take to their own home ice for the remainder of the year. Their first visitors? The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, whom they hadn’t faced since October in Allentown. The Phantoms didn’t make the IceCaps homecoming too sweet, however.
The first period looked good, with both teams getting a fairly even amount of shots, and no penalties. Goaltenders Zach Fucale and Martin Ouellette looked strong in net and turned aside more than a few good shot attempts.
Charles Hudon was the recipient of a cross-check that sent him awkwardly into the boards and he had to be helped off the ice by a trainer and a teammate, looking woozy and unsteady. He did not return to the bench.
In the second period, Taylor Leier put a puck past Fucale in the first minute and things went downhill from there for the home team. Tim Bozon managed to get the IceCaps on the board, thanks to a helper by Cory Ward, but the Phantoms kept coming and finding ways to get the puck into the net.
The IceCaps only took two penalties in the game, but allowed a power play goal, while the Phantoms took six penalties and blanked the St. John’s power play units. A late period empty netter by Lehigh Valley put the IceCaps away for good.
Brett Lernout was missing from the lineup as he was called up to the Montreal Canadiens on emergency status due to Nathan Beaulieu sustaining a thumb injury. Ben Scrivens cleared waivers and arrived in St. John’s earlier in the afternoon, but did not dress for this matchup.
The series continues tomorrow night as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms return to Mile One for the fourth and final game between these two teams.
▲ Morgan Ellis, Andrew Yogan, Zach Fucale, Tom Parisi, Cory Ward
▼ Chris Joyaux, John Scott