Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – Scherbak – Holloway
De la Rose – Dumont – McCarron
Bozon – MacMillan – Friberg
Bakker – Miceli – Ranger [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Bartley – Ellis
Hanley – Lernout
Johnston – Dietz
Scratches: John Scott, Jeremy Gregoire, Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Michael Bournival, Brendan McNally, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
A very different-looking IceCaps team took the ice in St. John’s on Saturday night. Different not only because Michael McCarron was moved to right wing, Jacob de la Rose to the left wing, and Nikita Scherbak still at center, but also because the team came out with a surge of energy and intensity not recently seen.
McCarron was obviously simmering as he took a boarding penalty just over 30 seconds into the game. Newcomer Shane Bakker then dropped the gloves and put a definitive stamp on his debut with the club. De la Rose had something to prove as well, and scored the opening goal assisted by Gabriel Dumont and McCarron.
Less than a minute before the end of the period, the Comets tied things up on a power play. The second period was played very tightly, with no goals added to the scoreboard, but plenty of penalties on both sides.
That carried over into the third period until Dumont potted a goal of his own, allowing the IceCaps to regain their one-goal lead. Through a series of penalties, the home team struggled to maintain control of the game but the Comets managed to tie things up once again as the final minutes of the game wound down. It took just five seconds in overtime for Brendan Gaunce to seal the win for Utica.
The IceCaps return to the ice Tuesday night to take on the Syracuse Crunch when they visit St. John’s.
▲ Eddie Pasquale, Jacob de la Rose, Gabriel Dumont
▼ Victor Bartley