Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Andrighetto – Terry – Carr
Hudon – McCarron – Scherbak
Matteau – Audette – Farnham
Broll – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Barberio – Hanley
Lernout – Samuelsson
Parisi – Didier[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Connor Crisp, Ryan Johnston, Markus Eisenschmid, Jonathan Racine, Max Friberg (DTD), Jacob de la Rose (upper body injury)
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
If you’ve read all of our game recaps for these first few games of the new hockey season, you’ll probably have noticed a pattern: the IceCaps allow an early-game goal, struggle to get shots on goal, and have to try to claw their way back to a win. This game started no differently.
Americans forward Evan Rodrigues, who scored two goals against the IceCaps in the previous game, left the game about a minute after opening faceoff when he took a puck to the face and had to be helped off the ice. He returned in the second period and later earned two assists on the night.
Despite St. John’s getting an early man-advantage opportunity, it was Rochester who scored first – a shorthanded goal in the final seconds of the IceCaps power play. Head coach Sylvain Lefebvre didn’t waste any time shuffling lines a bit in an attempt to get the offense going. Then Daniel Audette got the crowd on its feet when he potted his first professional goal, after earning his first pro point the night before with an assist on a Sven Andrighetto goal.
The second period brought more of the same, with the Amerks scoring on a carry-over power play just over a minute into the frame. They found the back of the net on another man advantage towards the end of the period. Nikita Scherbak tallied his third goal of the season when he skated the puck up the boards and sailed it past Americans goaltender John Muse from the slot, but Rochester had the answer to that goal less than a minute later.
Energy seemed to increase for the home team in the third period, but the offense just could not find an answer to Muse in the Rochester net. The team outshot the Americans, and had more power play opportunities than their opponent, but could not get the puck into the back of the net.
The IceCaps have a few days off before continuing their home stand on Tuesday night when the Utica Comets come to Newfoundland.
▲ Josiah Didier, Nikita Scherbak, Brett Lernout, Daniel Audette
▼ David Broll, Philip Samuelsson