Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Lessio – Hudon – Holloway
Bournival – McCarron – Dumont
MacMillan – de la Rose – Fournier
McNally – Eisenschmid – Gregoire [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Ellis – Dietz
Hanley – Lernout
Bennett – Didier[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Max Friberg, Eric Neilson, Dalton Thrower, Tim Bozon (undisclosed), Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Ryan Johnston (back surgery)
After returning to St. John’s from a five-game road trip, the IceCaps had most of the week to prepare for the start of their next home stand with the Portland Pirates coming into town. But the team that skated onto the Mile One Centre ice Friday night looked like they were tired. Play moved slowly for St. John’s and they consistently looked unorganized and sloppy.
The Pirates pressed hard in the opening period, getting 20 shots on Zach Fucale with just six shots coming back their way from St. John’s. Fucale mostly held his own throughout the night, receiving little to no support from the team in front of him.
The IceCaps allowed members of the Pirates to have banner nights: Brent Regner tallied three assists, while Rob Schremp racked up a goal and two assists.
Bud Holloway potted the only goal for the home team on a power play in the second period, assisted by Morgan Ellis and Lucas Lessio.
In roster news, Dustin Tokarski was traded to Anaheim in exchange for Swedish forward Max Friberg. Friberg is expected to play in St. John’s Saturday night, when the IceCaps take on Portland once again to finish out the back-to-back series.
▲ Zach Fucale, Markus Eisenchmid
▼ Joel Hanley