Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – Scherbak – Holloway
Friberg – McCarron – Dumont
McNally – MacMillan – Bozon
Scott – Miceli – Ranger [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Bartley – Ellis
Hanley – Lernout
Johnston – Dietz[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Mac Bennett, Shane Bakker, Jeremy Gregoire, Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
After winning back-to-back games against the Syracuse Crunch earlier in the week, the IceCaps hit home ice on Saturday night to take on the Toronto Marlies and continue their win streak.
The Marlies struck early, popping in an awkward goal past Zach Fucale just three minutes after the opening faceoff. But the penalty bug hit the St. John’s team early, and they would rack up three minor penalties in the opening period alone.
Bud Holloway was the key player on the ice for the home team on this night. Time and again he set up fellow linemates with perfect passes, earning two assists – one on Max Friberg’s goal and one on Charles Hudon’s goal – before potting an empty-netter of his own at the end of the game to seal a victory for the IceCaps.
Michael McCarron is also getting back to the points game, earning two assists of his own during this game and providing strong skill on faceoffs. Fucale stood tall after that first goal and seemed to gain confidence as the game wore on. Gabriel Dumont disappeared from the bench early in the third period and did not return. It was John Scott’s first game back in the lineup after participating in the NHL All-Star game and taking some personal time for the birth of his twins.
The IceCaps welcome the Marlies back to Mile One Centre tomorrow for a rematch before heading out on their next road trip.
▲ Bud Holloway, Zach Fucale, Michael McCarron
▼ Mark MacMillan