Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – Terry – Scherbak
Matteau – Audette – Friberg
Veilleux – Farnham – Gregoire
Broll – MacMillan – Camara[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Hanley – Redmond
Brouillette – Lernout
Samuelsson – Johnston[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Josiah Didier, Tom Parisi, Markus Eisenschmid, Alexandre Ranger
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
After a disappointing series against the Hershey Bears, the IceCaps looked to get back on the winning track Wednesday night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. They had defeated this team just a few days prior, and despite the Penguins sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference the IceCaps were able to take two points from them again on this night.
The first period was rather careful and sluggish, with no penalties taken or goals scored on either side of the ice. Play was sloppy at times and the IceCaps couldn’t muster continuous pressure in the offensive zone.
The second period, however, was a much different story. Charles Hudon got the scoring started for St. John’s with an unassisted goal on a breakaway. Less than a minute later, Chris Terry banged home a puck as he and Nikita Scherbak got in close on a couple of rebounds. Zach Redmond potted his first goal of the season on a late-period power play with a perfectly-aimed wrister from the slot, and then Yannick Veilleux took a cross-crease pass from Max Friberg and notched a shorthanded goal.
Obviously frustrated by the way the game was going, the Penguins came out fired up in the third period. The IceCaps were pinned in their own zone often, but an outstanding performance by Charlie Lindgren in net kept the pucks at bay. A few major scrums broke out, but the Penguins couldn’t find their way through Lindgren all night.
The IceCaps will wrap up their six-game road trip with a back-to-back series against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this weekend.
▲ Charlie Lindgren, Chris Terry, Max Friberg, Charles Hudon
▼ Anthony Camara, Daniel Audette, Stefan Matteau