Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Matteau – Audette – Friberg
Farnham – de la Rose – Gregoire
Broll – Eisenschmid – Veilleux
Crisp – MacMillan – MacLean[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Brouillette – Hanley
Parisi – Lernout
Racine – Johnston[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Josiah Didier, Mathieu Gagnon, Charles Hudon (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
After taking a short break to celebrate the holidays with their families and friends, the IceCaps returned to the ice on Boxing Day for a matinee matchup in Toronto against their rival, the Marlies.
Although the IceCaps came out aggressively on offense, their shots on goal dropped off dramatically not long into the opening period. Charlie Lindgren and Antoine Bibeau kept the puck out of both nets, and the Marlies outshot the St. John’s team 10-3 in the first 20 minutes.
In the second period, Daniel Audette opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Jacob de la Rose and Max Friberg. Jeremy Gregoire extended the lead with a solid takeaway in the slot to score a shorthanded goal on Bibeau.
The Marlies managed to get on the board early in the third period, when Kerby Rychel banged the puck past Lindgren after he had made an initial save during a Toronto power play. But the IceCaps held their opponents off for the remainder of the period and grabbed two points to kick off this leg of their holiday road trip.
In a pre-game radio interview with IceCaps broadcaster Brian Rogers, Sylvain Lefebvre mentioned that Nikita Scherbak was “days away” from returning to the lineup, but Charles Hudon will need a few weeks before he’s back.
The IceCaps continue their holiday road trip this week by traveling to Utica, NY for two games against the Comets.
▲ Max Friberg, Jeremy Gregoire, Charlie Lindgren