Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Matteau – McCarron – de la Rose
Andrighetto – Audette – Scherbak
Farnham – Eisenschmid – Friberg
Broll – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Barberio – Samuelsson
Lernout – Racine
Parisi – Johnston/one_half_last]
Scratches: Connor Crisp, Josiah Didier, Julien Brouillette, Yannick Veilleux
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
The end of this road trip didn’t exactly turn out the way the IceCaps would have liked. After winning three straight games, one of which was against their rival in Toronto, St. John’s suffered a setback before heading home to Newfoundland.
Despite having played the past two nights, the IceCaps came out playing with strength but looking a bit sluggish. Their sticks also seemed to be a bit sleepy as the team could only muster shots in the single digits in each period, getting outshot 40-19 in total.
The Marlies came out quickly and played aggressively. To their credit, the IceCaps held their opponent off with a relatively evenly-played game over the first two periods. Charlie Lindgren was outstanding in between the pipes yet again, making some very big saves to keep the score at 0-0.
But then things came unraveled in the third period. Tensions and frustrations started to boil over and discipline went out the window. Roughing penalties and 10-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalties were far too common, allowing emotion to take over determination after the Marlies started getting pucks past Lindgren.
At the final horn, Toronto had scored three times (including an empty-netter that left the St. John’s team looking like they had completely run out of gas) and the IceCaps found themselves on the wrong end of a shutout.
Philip Samuelsson blocked a shot up high in the first period that left him very woozy and dazed; he had to be helped off the ice and into the dressing room by one of the St. John’s trainers. He returned to the bench a few minutes later looking much better and continued to play for the remainder of the game.
The IceCaps now head back to St. John’s for a home stand which begins on Friday when they welcome the Providence Bruins to Mile One Center.
▲ Charlie Lindgren, Max Friberg, Markus Eisenschmid
▼ Jonathan Racine, Tom Parisi, Ryan Johnston