Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
Friberg – Scherbak – Dumont
Bozon – MacMillan – McNally
Scott – Miceli – Gregoire [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Ellis – Dietz
Hanley – Lernout
Didier – Johnston[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Alexandre Ranger, Shane Bakker, Travis Brown, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
It’s a story IceCaps fans are quite familiar with at this point: St. John’s gives up a goal early in the first period, then another. They take too many penalties, the power play can’t convert, and they finally turn on the jets in the third period when it’s too late to make a comeback. And it’s a story we have to tell again after tonight’s game.
It only took two and a half minutes for the opposition to score on the IceCaps this time. Soon after, John Scott got into his first full fight as an IceCap and things went downhill from there. Mark MacMillan got called for a high-sticking double minor at the end of the first period, giving the Comets about three minutes of power play time to open the second period.
Former Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust earned two points on the evening for two consecutive assists. Jeremy Gregoire also dropped the gloves, as did Charles Hudon – with Malcolm Subban.
A few minutes into the third period, Bud Holloway found the back of the net on the power play. Nikita Scherbak and Morgan Ellis assisted on the goal. The IceCaps scrambled and pressured the Comets throughout the rest of the third but goaltender Richard Bachman stood tall and didn’t allow any more pucks to get through.
Captain Gabriel Dumont returned to the IceCaps lineup for this game. Mac Bennett was recalled from the Brampton Beast before the game, while Ellis and Michael McCarron were called up to the Montreal Canadiens immediately following the game.
The Icecaps finish up their road trip with a rematch in Syracuse with the Crunch Saturday night.
▲ Morgan Ellis, Michael McCarron, Max Friberg, Bud Holloway
▼ Angelo Miceli, John Scott, Zach Fucale