Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – Terry – Carr
Matteau – de la Rose – Friberg
Scherbak – Audette – Farnham
Veilleux – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Hanley – Lernout
Lowe – Johnston
Brouillette – Didier[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Tom Parisi, David Broll, Anthony Camara, Markus Eisenschmid, Zach Redmond (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
Coming off an emotionally-charged regulation victory on Saturday evening, the IceCaps took to the Mile One Centre ice yet again on Sunday to see if they could down the Hershey Bears once again to continue their push towards the playoffs.
In the opening frame, Charles Hudon and Daniel Carr worked together on more than one occasion to create some decisive scoring chances but the puck wouldn’t go through Phoenix Copley who returned to the net for the Bears.
Chris Terry also rang the puck off the post once or twice, but it was Hershey who would light the lamp first. Yet again, Ryan Johnston turned over the puck and the Bears were there to capitalize on his mistake. The IceCaps couldn’t find the back of the net on either of their power play opportunities in the period and headed to intermission trailing the Bears 1-0.
The second period brought a couple of penalties, but nothing on the offensive side. Riley Barber and Bobby Farnham both sat at the same time for some 4-on-4 hockey, but neither team could solve the opposition’s goaltender. Charlie Lindgren was minding the crease for the IceCaps once again. After 40 minutes of play the score remained at 1-0 in Hershey’s favor.
Just a few minutes into the final period, Jakub Vrana wired a shot top shelf over Lindgren’s glove to give the Bears a 2-0 lead. Late in the period Liam O’Brien boarded Josiah Didier, giving the IceCaps a much-needed man advantage. Terry finally found mesh on the power play and brought his team within one goal, but St. John’s couldn’t mount a full comeback against the Bears.
The IceCaps will now spend this upcoming week practicing and preparing for a two-game series against the Binghamton Senators who come to town on Friday and Saturday.
▲ Keegan Lowe, Charles Hudon, Daniel Carr, Chris Terry, Max Friberg, Jeremy Gregoire
▼ Ryan Johnston, Nikita Scherbak