Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – Terry – Scherbak
Matteau – de la Rose – Carr
Veilleux – Audette – Friberg
Broll – Farnham – Camara[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Hanley – Redmond
Lowe – Johnston
Parisi – Lernout[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Josiah Didier, Mark MacMillan, Julien Brouillette, Jeremy Gregoire, Alexandre Ranger, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
The first period of the rematch at Ricoh Coliseum between the IceCaps and Marlies was a complete turnaround for the St. John’s team. They came out with a lot of energy and pressure on the Marlies who, after ten minutes of play, weren’t giving the visitors much room. But then a series of turnovers by Toronto turned into gold for the IceCaps as Nikita Scherbak deked around Antoine Bibeau to pot his 13th goal of the season, and not long after that Jacob de la Rose wristed a puck into the net to put the IceCaps up 2-0.
Chris Terry got smacked with a double minor for high-sticking towards the end of the period, which meant the struggling IceCaps penalty killers had to go to work for an extended period of time. With about a minute left in the period, Joel Hanley also was called for high-sticking, gifting the Marlies with a 5-on-3 advantage.
The PK units managed to neutralize the Marlies on the lengthy man advantage, however, and continued the second period with a few power play opportunities. Terry made up for his double minor by firing home a puck from his knees at the point on one of those power plays to give the IceCaps a 3-0 lead. The remainder of the period was evenly played between the two teams, although St. John’s did have a couple of additional power play opportunities.
In the third period, play tightened up quite a bit as the IceCaps fought to hold their lead and the Marlies battled to try to change momentum. Yann Danis had a number of solid saves throughout the game and came up clutch at many key moments. In an interesting strategy, the Marlies coach decided to pull Bibeau from the net with more than eight minutes remaining in the game. Aside from moments when the netminder needed to return to the crease, most of the remaining minutes were played with an empty net in Toronto’s end.
The shutout marked the first for Danis this season, and the second shutout for the team this weekend. The IceCaps now have a few days of rest and practice before they take the ice on Wednesday in Syracuse to faceoff against the Crunch.
▲ Nikita Scherbak, Jacob de la Rose, Yann Danis, Daniel Carr, Brett Lernout, Keegan Lowe