Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Matteau – McCarron – de la Rose
Andrighetto – Audette – Scherbak
Farnham – Eisenschmid – Friberg
Broll – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Barberio – Lernout
Johnston – Brouillette
Didier – Samuelsson[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Jonathan Racine, Connor Crisp, Yannick Veilleux, Tom Parisi
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
It’s been a pretty spectacular week for the St. John’s IceCaps. After dropping the first two games of the road trip, they’ve now won three games in a row – two of which were against pretty formidable teams and goaltenders.
In the first of a back-to-back with rivals the Toronto Marlies, the IceCaps once again gave up the first goal and again on the power play. But the team focused on discipline quickly and the penalty killers were very effective for the remainder of the game.
Trailing 1-0 after the first period, the St. John’s team came out with energy and motivation in the second. Markus Eisenschmid scored his third of the season to tie the game at 1-1. Antoine Bibeau was making some very good saves, as was Yann Danis in between the pipes for the visiting team, but captain Max Friberg gave his team the go-ahead goal near the end of the second frame. From there, the Marlies pushed back hard, but Danis was unbreakable in the crease. He had a highlight reel glove save in the final minute.
Sven Andrighetto was back in the lineup after being sent down by the Canadiens earlier in the day and was furious when he was penalized for embellishment on a tripping call late in the game. Despite battling through a four-on-four as a result, the IceCaps managed to keep the Marlies out of the back of the net and took this one 2-1.
The team has one more game in this road trip on Sunday for a matinee against the Marlies.
▲ Max Friberg, Yann Danis, Sven Andrighetto, Jacob de la Rose
▼ Bobby Farnham