Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – Terry – Scherbak
Matteau – de la Rose – Carr
Farnham – Audette – Friberg
Veilleux – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Hanley – Lernout
Lowe – Parisi
Brouillette – Johnston[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Josiah Didier, David Broll, Anthony Camara, Zach Redmond (DTD), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
The IceCaps started their Friday night tilt against the Rochester Americans in a familiar fashion: getting behind in the shot count and allowing the first goal against. Charlie Lindgren made an initial big stop, but the rebound wasn’t cleared by a defender and the Amerks got on the board early.
Keegan Lowe continued to prove his worth by demonstrating strong skill on the blue line. When an opponent came flying through the neutral zone on a breakaway, Lowe held his ground and batted the shot out of the air cleanly. Despite starting to get pucks on net, a few of which were quite close to going in, the IceCaps headed to the first intermission trailing 1-0.
The second period, however, was a completely different story. It was all St. John’s, as they outshot Rochester 15-5 in the frame and managed to score three goals to take the lead.
It all began when Jeremy Gregoire and Justin Vaive dropped the gloves in a ferocious fight just over three minutes into the frame. Not long after that, Lowe rifled a puck towards Linus Ullmark, who unknowingly let it trickle through to sit in the blue paint. Jacob de la Rose was there to grab the puck behind Ullmark and tap it across the goal line.
Rochester registered another goal a short time later, but the IceCaps responded well. Max Friberg grabbed a gigantic rebound off of Ullmark and fired the puck into the net just after killing off a penalty taken by Charles Hudon.
Then, with 35.5 seconds remaining in the period, Bobby Farnham dug the puck out from behind the Rochester net and tucked it into the Rochester net to give his team its first lead of the game.
Try as they might, the Amerks couldn’t get past a locked-in Lindgren in the third period, and the IceCaps kept the pressure on their opponents in the offensive zone to secure a much-needed win.
The IceCaps will complete their March road trip with what’s sure to be a physical matchup against the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday night.
▲ Max Friberg, Bobby Farnham, Jacob de la Rose, Charlie Lindgren, Keegan Lowe
▼ Tom Parisi, Ryan Johnston