Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]McNally – Dumont – Friberg
Bozon – Yogan – Scherbak
Hudon – MacMillan – Holloway
Scott – Ward – Gregoire[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Didier – Lernout
Joyaux – Ellis
Brown – Johnston[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Shane Bakker, Mac Bennett, Joel Hanley, Alexandre Ranger, Angelo Miceli, Dalton Thrower, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)
The IceCaps meant business at the start of this game. After a close game the previous night which was physical, at times nasty, and closely played, the St. John’s team looked renewed as they blazed down the ice. They were forechecking hard, skating well, passing cleanly – and got rewarded with a quick goal by Charles Hudon, assisted by Bud Holloway and Mark MacMillan.
Emotions were still running high and it wasn’t long before Jeremy Gregoire dropped the gloves with Jake Dotchin. Minutes later a massive scrum started after Josiah Didier took on his own fighting bout and many of his teammates joined in with the nearest Crunch players. Brett Lernout earned a game misconduct for his part in the scrap.
By the end of the first period, the IceCaps started to lose energy – and the lead. Syracuse scored two consecutive goals in the opening frame and were outshooting the visiting team once again.
Then the game turned truly ugly in the second period when Syracuse scored four more goals, with only one more goal by Hudon coming for the IceCaps. It was not Zach Fucale’s best night and he did not return in the third period.
Eddie Pasquale kept the Crunch from adding to their tally in the third period, but St. John’s played mostly a dump-and-chase game for the final 20 minutes and couldn’t mount any sort of offensive pressure or scoring. It was deflating back-to-back loss, making the playoff run that much harder to reach.
Joel Hanley was recalled by Montreal on emergency status earlier in the day, putting Travis Brown back in the lineup. The IceCaps continue their road trip on Wednesday night with a game in Rochester against the Amerks.
▲ Morgan Ellis, Josiah Didier, Jeremy Gregoire, Charles Hudon, Bud Holloway
▼ Zach Fucale, Gabriel Dumont