Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Eric Neilson, Jacob de la Rose (undisclosed), Mac Bennett, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed) Injured reserve: Ryan Johnston (back surgery)
If the previous night’s game against the Albany Devils was exciting, this night’s game greatly surpassed it. Michael McCarron got things rolling just 30 seconds after puck drop with his 11th goal of the season, assisted by Bud Holloway. Next up it was Angelo Miceli with his third tally of the season, quickly followed by another McCarron goal – this one on the power play. Scott Wedgewood, giving up three goals on six shots, took a seat on the bench as Yann Danis was tapped to replace him in net.
Frustration for the Devils started to boil over, with Thompson dropping the gloves with Didier, and scrums popping up at every stoppage. The second period saw a complete change on the ice as Albany came out strong, outshooting the IceCaps 18-7 and getting one goal back.
Then the power play unit came up big for St. John’s once again as Joel Hanley potted one, and McCarron topped off the night with a third goal to complete his second hat trick of the season.
Eddie Pasquale stood tall in net during this game, giving up only one goal on 46 shots. Lucas Lessio made his IceCaps debut, after being acquired from Arizona in exchange for Christian Thomas. Lessio found himself on the top line with McCarron and Bud Holloway.
The IceCaps now have some time off for a holiday break, after which they’ll head out on their next road trip beginning in Toronto on Boxing Day.
▲ Michael McCarron, Eddie Pasquale, Lucas Lessio, Michael Bournival