Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Lessio – McCarron – Scherbak
Hudon – Eisenschmid – Andrighetto
Bournival – Dumont – Friberg
Scott – MacMillan – Gregoire [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Hanley – Lernout
Ellis – Dietz
Johnston – Didier[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Mac Bennett, Victor Bartley (day-to-day), Bud Holloway (day-to-day)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (indefinite)
After a disappointing overtime loss on Wednesday night in Bridgeport, the IceCaps headed into tonight’s game against the Albany Devils looking a little less-than-enthusiastic. Just over four minutes into the game, the Devils got on the board and outshot the visitors 9-0 in the first half of the game. It looked like it could be a long night for the IceCaps.
But towards the start of the second period, St. John’s found their focus when Morgan Ellis sent a slapshot past Yann Danis to even the score. 20 seconds later Jim O’Brien potted his second of the night, but it only took Nikita Scherbak another 20 seconds to brings things back to 2-2 on his second goal of the season.
Finding themselves on a 5-on-3, the IceCaps continued to pressure the Devils and Charles Hudon found the mesh off a shot from the faceoff circle to give his team their first lead of the game. Sven Andrighetto and Ryan Johnston assisted on the goal.
In the third period Andrighetto added to his point tally with a fortunate puck deflection off his skate to give the IceCaps a 4-2 lead which they were able to maintain until the final horn.
Discipline was key for this game, and for once it was because the IceCaps stayed out of the penalty box. Hudon seemed to hit his head or face in the third period and headed off to the dressing room after taking a while to get up off the ice.
The IceCaps have a rematch with the Albany Devils on Saturday afternoon for a matinee game.
▲ Nikita Scherbak, Charles Hudon, Morgan Ellis, Sven Andrighetto
▼ John Scott