Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – Scherbak – Holloway
McNally – McCarron – Friberg
Bozon – MacMillan – Bakker
Scott – Miceli [/one_half]
[one_half_last]Bartley – Ellis
Hanley – Lernout
Johnston – Dietz
Scratches: Mac Bennett, Jeremy Gregoire, Alexandre Ranger, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Gabriel Dumont (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
After defeating the Syracuse Crunch twice last week, including the game in which Zach Fucale earned his first professional shutout, the IceCaps looked to repeat history when they came into the War Memorial Arena tonight.
The first period was buzzing with activity, as the Crunch got on the board just under two minutes into the game. Immediately following their goal, Shane Bakker dropped the gloves with Brian Hart. Soon afterwards Syracuse took the first penalty of the night and the IceCaps tied the game on the ensuing power play, thanks to a goal by John Scott.
The Crunch managed to get a go-ahead goal before the end of the frame, and the score stalled at 2-1 through the second period as well. The IceCaps power play units got plenty of ice time as the Crunch continued to take penalties, and another fight broke out – this time between Brett Lernout and Mike Angelidis.
Finally, with just over two minutes left in regulation, Mike McCarron tallied another power play goal to tie the game. The teams exchanged penalties during the overtime period, but both goaltenders stood strong and forced a shootout. It took five rounds before a goal was scored, and it was McCarron again to win the game for St. John’s.
The Icecaps continue their road trip by heading to Binghamton for a back-to-back series Friday and Saturday night.
▲ Michael McCarron, Zach Fucale, Brett Lernout, Max Friberg
▼ Nikita Scherbak, Tim Bozon