Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]Bozon – Audette – Eisenschmid
Farnham – MacMillan – Gregoire
Broll – Momesso – Veillux
Crisp – DeSimone – Corderre-Gagnon[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Samuelsson – Blain
Parisi – Thrower
Baker – Didier[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Jacob de la Rose, Charles Hudon, Stefan Matteau, Nikita Scherbak, Chris Terry, Max Friberg, Ryan Johnston, Mark Barberio, Joel Hanley, Brett Lernout
Just 24 hours after dropping the puck on the 2016 preseason, the IceCaps took the ice again in the second game of the three-game series called the Coleman’s Cup against the Marlies. This game moved down the road to Corner Brook Civic Centre, about an hour’s drive northeast of last night’s venue in Stephenville, Newfoundland.
The opening period had much more energy, with Tim Bozon, Daniel Audette, and Markus Eisenschmid assigned to the top line. Zach Fucale looked sharp early on, as he turned away more than a few quality chances by Toronto.
Connor Crisp then scored the first IceCaps goal of the series, on a feed from Philip DeSimone and Bobby Farnham. Crisp missed most of last season due to a concussion sustained early in the year.
Roughing penalties seemed to be abundantly available on this night, as that minor infraction was called multiple times on both sides of the ice. The power play finally came to fruition in the second period for the Marlies, who put three pucks past Fucale in a span of less than four minutes.
The IceCaps managed to settle things down in the third period and go on the offensive. Bozon scored on a power play, followed by Mark MacMillan and Crisp to tie the game late and force overtime. Bozon would tally one goal and one assist on the night and Crisp would come away with two goals and an assist.
In extra minutes, MacMillan came down the ice with a strong chance to put the game away, but the Marlies took it the other way and tallied the game winner for the second night in a row.
The Coleman’s Cup series continues Sunday afternoon with the final preseason tilt against the Marlies, this time at the Community Centre in Gander.
▲ Connor Crisp, Tim Bozon, Markus Eisenschmid, Mark MacMillan