Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Hudon – Terry – Carr
Farnham – McCarron – Matteau
Scherbak – Audette – Friberg
Camara – MacMillan – Veilleux[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Hanley – Redmond
Brouillette – Johnston
Parisi – Lernout[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Alexandre Ranger, Josiah Didier, David Broll, Markus Eisenschmid, Philip Samuelsson, Jeremy Gregoire
Injured Reserve: Martin Reway
After a disappointing home stand in January, the IceCaps took to the road for their annual Pennsylvania road trip where they’ll face off against the Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and, on this night, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The Penguins sit at the top of the Eastern Conference, and for good reason. They’re a solid team with dangerous offensive and defensive abilities. St. John’s knew they needed to come out strong and they did just that with Ryan Johnston potting a goal just over a minute into the game.
Not long after that, however, the Penguins tied the score and the IceCaps had to get back to work. Then Derrick Pouliot sent a puck flying past Lindgren to take a 2-1 lead. The remainder of the period, and much of the second period, was a back-and-forth battle. Both goaltenders weren’t giving much of the net away, and puck didn’t stay in one particular zone for very long.
Daniel Carr, in his first game back after being sent down along with Zach Redmond from Montreal, got the equalizer for the IceCaps late in the second period and that’s when this game really started to heat up. Physicality ramped up and post-whistle scrums became a common occurrance. Despite a number of penalties in the last two periods, the IceCaps penalty killers came up strong and allowed only one power play goal.
Mike McCarron had a clutch go-ahead goal in the third period and that seemed to open the floodgates for St. John’s. Carr potted his second goal of the night, this time on the power play, and former Penguins favorite Bobby Farnham sealed the night with an empty-netter.
St. John’s continues their Pennsylvania road trip on Saturday with the first game of a back-to-back against the Hershey Bears.
▲ Max Friberg, Michael McCarron, Mark MacMillan, Daniel Carr