Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – Scherbak – Holloway
McNally – McCarron – Friberg
Scott – MacMillan – Rankin
Bakker – Miceli – Bozon [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Bartley – Ellis
Hanley – Lernout
Johnston – Dietz[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Jeremy Gregoire, Alexandre Ranger, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Gabriel Dumont (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
After an exciting shootout win on Wednesday night, the IceCaps came in to Binghamton to face a struggling Senators team. The first period was filled with energy, some tensions, some scrums, and a lot of scoring chances – but no goals. The teams each took one minor penalty, but neither power play unit could convert.
The second period proved to be the frame where all of the night’s scoring would take place. The Senators got on the board first when Zach Fucale got caught out on a rebound and found the puck sailing up over his head. About six minutes later Michael McCarron drove hard through the Sens zone, dipped down below the net and smoothly fed a pass up ice to Brandon McNally who fired a shot into the net from the high slot.
After a bad turnover led to a Senators breakaway goal later in the period, offensive play seemed to grind to a halt. The IceCaps stayed out of the penalty box, but their power play units just couldn’t connect and the pucks weren’t getting through. The IceCaps battled hard through to the last second, but couldn’t find an equalizer.
Tonight’s game marked the debut of newcomer Evan Rankin. Charles Hudon went into the boards awkwardly in the second period and seemed to be favoring his ankle afterward.
The Icecaps face off against the Senators again tomorrow night.
▲ Brandon McNally, Morgan Ellis, Michael McCarron, Zach Fucale, Max Friberg
▼ Nikita Scherbak