Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – Terry – Carr
Matteau – McCarron – Friberg
Farnham – Audette – Scherbak
Broll – Gregoire – Ranger[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Hanley – Redmond
Lernout – Johnston
Didier – Samuelsson[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Julien Brouillette, Anthony Camara, Markus Eisenschmid, Philip Samuelsson, Yannick Veilleux, Mark MacMillan
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
In the blink of an eye, the IceCaps and Bears were back at center in the Giant Center on Sunday afternoon for an early afternoon matinee rematch after the St. John’s team suffered a 5-2 defeat to Hershey the previous night.
There were more than a few lineup changes for the IceCaps, including Charlie Lindgren taking over in goal. The first period started to go downhill quickly when the Bears got up 2-0 after just six minutes. But the St. John’s defense and Lindgren clamped down and kept Hershey out of the net for the remainder of the period.
A bit of controversy surrounded a waived-off IceCaps goal in the first period, which looked to be a good goal but was denied by the officials due to goaltender contact. Unfortunately, the referees did not opt to review the video playback of the goal and play continued.
Speed and puck handling seemed to improve a bit for the IceCaps, but at times they were still no match for their opponent. The visitors battled hard and did their best to slow down the pace of play, but turnovers and some poorly timed penalties didn’t help matters.
One bright spot that seemed to ramp up the IceCaps energy came with just over a minute remaining in the second period with Josiah Didier potted his first AHL goal to put St. John’s on the board and within one goal.
The Bears returned to their two-goal lead just a few minutes into the final frame when Chris Bourque netted a power play goal off a St. John’s too-many-men penalty. Chris Terry brought his team back within one once more, late in the game, but the IceCaps couldn’t mount a full comeback.
Now the Pennsylvania road trip continues this week with a return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to take on the Penguins, followed by a back-to-back in Allentown against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
▲ Brett Lernout, Josiah Didier, Charlie Lindgren
▼ Alexandre Ranger, Stefan Matteau, Nikita Scherbak