Forward lines and defense pairings:
Andrighetto – Terry – Friberg
Hudon – Audette – Scherbak
Matteau – de la Rose – Eisenschmid
Farnham – MacMillan – Broll
Barberio – Lernout
Hanley – Johnston
Scratches: Connor Crisp, Jeremy Gregoire, Tom Parisi, Josiah Didier, Charlie Lindgren, Michael McCarron (suspension)
With their first win of the season under their belt, the IceCaps took to the ice in Springfield, Massachusetts for Thunderbirds inaugural home opener. St. John’s didn’t let the T-birds get too comfortable, however, as Charles Hudon opened the scoring on a power play just over six minutes into the game.
Then, with about five minutes left in the first period, Yann Danis came way out of the crease – into one of the faceoff circles – seemingly in an attempt to redirect a puck coming down the boards. He mishandle the puck and essentially passed it right to Dryden Hunt who didn’t waste time wristing it directly into the gaping net over Danis’ shoulder. This game marked the debut for Danis in an IceCaps jersey.
The power play strength continued for the IceCaps as Chris Terry potted another goal on the man advantage in the first period, making his season total four goals after just one week of play. Mark Barberio assisted on both of the opening goals.
The second period began with the same kind of energy as Hudon added yet another power play goal to the stat sheet for the evening, this time assisted by Sven Andrighetto and Terry. After that, play evened out at both ends, with Springfield getting some decent chances on Danis.
Things turned completely around in the third period though, with Springfield dominating much of the play. Even though Andrighetto netted a goal of his own, the Thunderbirds managed to get three pucks into the St. John’s net to tie the game. In the extra minutes, the IceCaps couldn’t even get a shot on goal and it didn’t take long for Mackenzie Weegar to clinch the win for the home team.
The IceCaps finish out their first road trip of the season tomorrow with an early evening game against the Hartford Wolf Pack.
▲ Mark Barberio, Sven Andrighetto, Charles Hudon, Chris Terry, Nikita Scherbak
▼ Yann Danis, Jonathan Racine, Joel Hanley