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RECAP | Wolf Pack – IceCaps: Ending the Season on a High Note

Saturday April 16, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-1

WOLF PACK
Hartford

(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Scherbak
Friberg – De la Rose – Dumont
Addison – Audette – Holloway
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Hanley – Dietz
Johnston – Ellis
Bourque – Didier[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, John Scott, Travis Brown, Cory Ward, Tom Parisi, Ben Scrivens, Brandon McNally, Angelo Miceli, Alexandre Ranger, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

For the final game of the season, the IceCaps did not disappoint their fans.  After a quickly played first period which again did not see any goals or penalties, the Wolf Pack struck first in the second period.

After that, it was Jacob de la Rose who stormed into the second frame with a beautiful shot from the high slot to tie the game.  Both goaltenders, Eddie Pasquale and Mackenzie Skapski, were lights out stopping shot after shot from either team.

In the third period Tim Bozon got the go-ahead goal and the IceCaps kept the Wolf Pack at bay for the rest of the game.  It was a tremendous way for the team to end their season as they saluted their St. John’s fans from center ice.

Prior to the game, awards were given out by the team to some of its players.  Michael McCarron was named Rookie of the Year, Zach Fucale was named Community Man of the Year, Josiah Dider was awarded the Hardest Working Player, Morgan Ellis won Top Defenceman, and captain Gabriel Dumont earned the MVP award for the season.

 

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Tim Bozon, Morgan Ellis, Michael McCarron, Charles Hudon, Daniel Audette, Max Friberg, Jacob de la Rose

 Statistics 
ICECAPS WOLF PACK
 35 Shots 36
0 for 1 Power Play 0 for 2
4 Penalty Minutes 2
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (32-33-8-3) 0 1 0 1
 Wolf Pack (41-32-3-0) 0 1 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  de la Rose (7), Bozon (5)
  • HFD:  Tambellini (17)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 13-10-3
  • HFD: Skapski (L) 4-7-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  2. Mackenzie Skapski  HFD
  3. Mark MacMillan  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview

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RECAP | Wolf Pack – IceCaps: Holloway Matches Personal Best, Sets New Record

Friday April 15, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-4

WOLF PACK
Hartford

(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Scherbak
Friberg – De la Rose – Dumont
Addison – Audette – Holloway
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Hanley – Dietz
Johnston – Ellis
Bourque – Didier[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, John Scott, Travis Brown, Cory Ward, Tom Parisi, Ben Scrivens, Brandon McNally, Angelo Miceli, Alexandre Ranger, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

It’s been a week since the IceCaps had back-to-back win momentum against the Utica Comets and they seemed to lose a lot of energy during that time.

Tonight’s game was lackluster, at best.  No energy, no penalties until the third period, and not a lot in the way of shots.

Hartford, still in the hunt for a playoff position, tallied goal after goal and found themselves up 3-0 in the final frame.  A power play goal by Michael McCarron put the IceCaps on the board with Bud Holloway and Morgan Ellis assisting on the goal.  With that helper, Holloway tied his personal best for points in a season (61) and set a new team record for most assists in a season (42).

Zach Fucale had some tremendous saves in net, but the Wolf Pack kept coming and St. John’s just couldn’t muster anything close to a comeback.

The IceCaps close out their season on Saturday with one more game against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Bud Holloway, Zach Fucale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS WOLF PACK
 22 Shots 27
1 for 2 Power Play 0 for 1
4 Penalty Minutes 6
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (31-33-8-3) 0 0 1 1
 Wolf Pack (41-31-3-0) 1 1 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  McCarron (17)
  • HFD:  Megna (15), Summers (3), Jensen (19), Nehring (22)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 16-19-4
  • HFD: Skapski (W) 4-6-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Jayson Megna  HFD
  2. Chris Summers  HFD
  3. Bud Holloway  STJ

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RECAP | Comets – IceCaps: A Team Locked In

Sunday April 10, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

7-1

COMETS
Utica

(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Scherbak
Friberg – De la Rose – Dumont
Addison – Audette – Holloway
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Hanley – Dietz
Johnston – Ellis
Parisi – Didier[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, John Scott, Travis Brown, Cory Ward, Simon Bourque, Ben Scrivens, Brandon McNally, Angelo Miceli, Alexandre Ranger, Eddie Pasquale, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

It wasn’t a fluke. Last night’s OT win wasn’t just a flash in the pan for the IceCaps, as they took to their home ice this afternoon with another energetic and determined 60 minutes of play.

Jacob de la Rose stood out yet again, potting the first goal just over a minute into the game.  He was soon followed by Morgan Ellis scoring his 16th of the season, with an assist by Bud Holloway.

Next it was Mike McCarron’s turn, handling a pass right out of the penalty box and skating it in for a backhander into the net. He was assisted by Holloway, who set a new single-season points record for the franchise with 60 points, and Tom Parisi who earned his first pro point.

The second period brought more of the onslaught.  Tim Bozon wristed one past the goaltender right off the bat, and then Nikita Scherbak found mesh after a series of clean passes from McCarron and Charles Hudon.

The Comets managed to get on the board, but the IceCaps and Eddie Pasquale kept them out of the net for the rest of the period – despite Utica coming at the net hard and peppering Pasquale with shot attempts.

In the third period, the ice continued to tilt in favor of the IceCaps as Hudon potted two goals of his own.  The second one came after McCarron dropped the gloves with Joseph LaBate and earned himself his first AHL Gordie Howe hat trick.

(Photo courtesy of the St. John's IceCaps)
(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

The St. John’s team seemed to get a bit undisciplined late in the third, giving up a series of penalties that allowed plenty of man-advantage time for the Comets, but Pasquale kept the Utica skaters at bay for an outstanding finish to the weekend.

The IceCaps close out their season by hosting the Hartford Wolfpack on Friday and Saturday nights at Mile One Centre.

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Michael McCarron, Morgan Ellis, Bud Holloway, Tom Parisi, Nikita Scherbak, Charles Hudon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 39 Shots 31
0 for 4 Power Play 0 for 6
21 Penalty Minutes 17
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (31-32-8-3) 3 2 2 7
 Comets (36-25-8-4) 0 1 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  de la Rose (6), Ellis (16), McCarron (16), Bozon (4), Scherbak (7), Hudon (27), Hudon (28)
  • UTI: Valk (2)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 12-10-3
  • UTI: Bachman(L) 16-12-5
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Ryan Johnston  STJ
  2. Charles Hudon  STJ
  3. Michael McCarron  STJ

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RECAP | Comets – IceCaps: The Boys Are Back

Saturday April 9, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

3-2

COMETS
Utica

(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Scherbak
Friberg – De la Rose – Dumont
Addison – Audette – Holloway
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Parisi – Didier
Bourque – Ellis
Bennett – Thrower[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Ben Scrivens, Brandon McNally, Angelo Miceli, Alexandre Ranger, Eddie Pasquale, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

Here was the night the IceCaps and their fans had been waiting for.  A strong team win, despite knowing that the playoffs are now out of reach.

Jeremy Gregoire was the first one to get on the scoreboard against the Utica Comets, assisted by Jeremiah Addison who notched his first pro point with the helper.  Addison made his debut in this game in addition to Daniel Audette and Simon Bourque.

Bourque would also get his first pro point on an assist to Jacob de la Rose’s power play goal in the third period, which would put the IceCaps ahead of the Comets 2-1.  Utica peppered netminder Zach Fucale all night long, outshooting St. John’s 49-27 when all was said and done.  Fucale looked strong and focused in net.

After Taylor Fedun scored the equalizer late in the third, earning his team a spot in the AHL playoffs, it was time for an extra period.  Morgan Ellis came up big for the IceCaps with a rocket one-timer from the top of the circle to give them a much-needed win.

The IceCaps finish out their season series against Utica tomorrow with a matinee game at Mile One Centre.

▲     Zach Fucale, Jacob de la Rose, Jeremiah Addison, Jeremy Gregoire, Max Friberg, Morgan Ellis

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 27 Shots 49
1 for 5 Power Play 1 for 5
12 Penalty Minutes 12
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (30-32-8-3) 0 1 1 1 3
 Comets (36-24-8-4) 0 0 2 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Gregoire (6), de la Rose (5), Ellis (15)
  • UTI:  Hamilton (8), Fedun (8)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 16-18-4
  • UTI: Cannata (L) 19-12-6
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Zach Fucale  STJ
  2. Morgan Ellis  STJ
  3. Jeremy Gregoire  STJ

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RECAP | Phantoms – IceCaps: Disappointing Debut for Scrivens

Saturday April 2, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

0-4

PHANTOMS
Lehigh Valley

(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Scherbak – Dumont – Holloway
Bozon – Miceli – Friberg
McNally – MacMillan – Gregoire
Yogan – Ward – Ranger[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Parisi – Didier
Scott – Ellis
Bennett – Johnston[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Scrivens
Fucale

Scratches: Shane Bakker, Charles Hudon, Christopher Joyaux, Eddie Pasquale, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

There’s not much more to say about this game other than that it was a complete meltdown for the IceCaps.  Ben Scrivens made his St. John’s debut in net and it was not a good night for him or the team in front of him.

The IceCaps found themselves down 3-0 in the first period, and yet again their power play unit couldn’t convert any of the five man advantages opportunities they were given.  Jay Rosehill got a match penalty for a dangerous hit to the head on Josiah Didier which sent Didier violently into the glass.  He got right up, however, and continued play.

The rest of the game was more of the same with Martin Ouellette having another outstanding game, for being essentially the Phantoms’ third-string goaltender.  Cole Bardreau scored a soft shorthanded goal in the third period to put the IceCaps away for good.

The IceCaps continue their homestand next weekend when the Utica Comets come to town.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Josiah Didier, Bud Holloway

▼     Ben Scrivens

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PHANTOMS
 31 Shots 22
0 for 5 Power Play 0 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 18
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (29-32-8-3) 0 0 0 0
 Phantoms (31-32-4-3) 3 0 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:
  • LV:  Willcox (1), Brent (8), Bardreau (12)
  • STJ: Scrivens (L) 2-7-1
  • LV: Ouellette (W) 4-3-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Martin Ouellette  LV
  2. Colin McDonald  LV
  3. Cole Bardreau  LV

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RECAP | Phantoms – IceCaps: An Unwelcome Homecoming

Friday April 1, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-4

PHANTOMS
Lehigh Valley

(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Friber – Dumont – Holloway
Hudon – MacMillan – Scherbak
McNally – Ward – Gregoire
Scott – Yogan – Bozon[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Didier – Ellis
Parisi – Johnston
Bennett – Joyaux[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Shane Bakker, Alexandre Ranger, Ben Scrivens, Angelo Miceli, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

The last road trip of the season didn’t go well for the IceCaps. They probably were relieved to get back to St. John’s this week and take to their own home ice for the remainder of the year.  Their first visitors? The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, whom they hadn’t faced since October in Allentown.  The Phantoms didn’t make the IceCaps homecoming too sweet, however.

The first period looked good, with both teams getting a fairly even amount of shots, and no penalties.  Goaltenders Zach Fucale and Martin Ouellette looked strong in net and turned aside more than a few good shot attempts.

Charles Hudon was the recipient of a cross-check that sent him awkwardly into the boards and he had to be helped off the ice by a trainer and a teammate, looking woozy and unsteady.  He did not return to the bench.

In the second period, Taylor Leier put a puck past Fucale in the first minute and things went downhill from there for the home team.  Tim Bozon managed to get the IceCaps on the board, thanks to a helper by Cory Ward, but the Phantoms kept coming and finding ways to get the puck into the net.

The IceCaps only took two penalties in the game, but allowed a power play goal, while the Phantoms took six penalties and blanked the St. John’s power play units.  A late period empty netter by Lehigh Valley put the IceCaps away for good.

Brett Lernout was missing from the lineup as he was called up to the Montreal Canadiens on emergency status due to Nathan Beaulieu sustaining a thumb injury.  Ben Scrivens cleared waivers and arrived in St. John’s earlier in the afternoon, but did not dress for this matchup.

The series continues tomorrow night as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms return to Mile One for the fourth and final game between these two teams.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Andrew Yogan, Zach Fucale, Tom Parisi, Cory Ward

▼     Chris Joyaux, John Scott

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PHANTOMS
 28 Shots 32
0 for 6 Power Play 1 for 1
4 Penalty Minutes 14
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (29-31-8-3) 0 1 0 1
 Phantoms (30-32-4-3) 0 2 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ: Bozon (3)
  • LV:  Leier (19), Comrie (6), Hagg (3), Swavely (1)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 15-18-4
  • LV: Ouellette (W) 3-3-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Martin Ouellette  LV
  2. Taylor Leier  LV
  3. Bud Holloway  STJ

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RECAP | IceCaps – Marlies: A Bitter Defeat [with AUDIO]

Saturday March 29, 2016 
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

0-4

MARLIES
Toronto

Photo by Rabita Naqvi | Rocket Sports Media

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Friber – Dumont – Holloway
Hudon – MacMillan – Scherbak
McNally – Ward – Gregoire
Scott – Yogan – Bozon[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Didier – Lernout
Joyaux – Ellis
Parisi – Johnston[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Shane Bakker, Alexandre Ranger, Mac Bennett, Angelo Miceli, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

It was the last game of a long road trip – the final road trip of the regular season.  And it will likely leave the IceCaps with a bitter taste in their mouth on a long flight back to St. John’s.

Not many positives can be taken from this game.  The first period looked hopeful with no penalties taken, shots even at six each.  Newcomer Tom Parisi had some decent shifts, and players put some good shots on Antoine Bibeau.

But then in the second period, the revolving door to the penalty box began – as did the goals against.  The IceCaps took eight trips to the box in total, and the Marlies managed to score on three of those man-advantage opportunities.  John Scott took a four-minute penalty for spearing which kicked off the power play goals for Toronto.

Gabriel Dumont left the ice for a bit in the second period after getting hit from behind and going awkwardly into the glass.  He would reappear in the third period.  Eddie Pasquale did the best he could on a night where he wasn’t getting much support, but the Marlies kept peppering him with pucks.

The IceCaps now have a quick turnaround as they fly back to St. John’s and get ready for a back-to-back series this weekend against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

▼     John Scott, Tim Bozon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 21 Shots 34
0 for 6 Power Play 3 for 8
16 Penalty Minutes 35
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (29-30-8-3) 0 0 0 0
 Marlies (48-15-5-0) 0 2 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:
  • TOR:  Lindberg (11), Gauthier (6), Carrick (14), Leipsic (20)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 11-10-3
  • TOR: Bibeau (W) 24-8-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Antoine Bibeau  TOR
  2. Sam Carrick  TOR
  3. Colin Smith  TOR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

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RECAP | IceCaps – Marlies: Tired Team Fades [with AUDIO]

Saturday March 26, 2016 
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

3-5

MARLIES
Toronto

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]McNally – Dumont – Friberg
Hudon – Scherbak – Holloway
Yogan – MacMillan – Gregoire
Bozon – Ward – Ranger[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Didier – Lernout
Joyaux – Ellis
Scott – Johnston[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Shane Bakker, Mac Bennett, Angelo Miceli, Travis Brown, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

After riding a high from last night’s hard-fought team win, the IceCaps then rode a bus across the border to Toronto, Ontario and arrived in the early morning hours at their hotel only to wake up early and hit the ice for an afternoon matinee.  They faced a rested, refreshed Marlies team at the Air Canada Centre and their fatigue showed.

Brett Lernout actually got things started on a positive note with his second goal of the season, assisted by Nikita Scherbak and Charles Hudon. And then St. John’s reverted to slow, sloppy, tired play and unsteady goaltending and found themselves down 3-1 by the end of the first period.

Adding insult to injury, the IceCaps then began taking penalty after penalty in the second frame. Thankfully the penalty killers stood strong yet again and denied the Marlies on every man advantage.  Bud Holloway got his team one goal closer to a comeback by banking in a wide open rebound.  He was assisted by Gabriel Dumont and Brandon McNally.

Hudon then scored his 26th goal of the season about halfway through the third period to bring St. John’s to within one goal of the Marlies.  But Brendan Leipsic deflated any hope the IceCaps had with a late-period goal against Zach Fucale to seal a victory for Toronto.

The IceCaps have some rest and practice to look forward to over the next couple of days before they visit Ricoh Coliseum on Tuesday for their last tilt against the Marlies for this season.

▲     Brett Lernout, Charles Hudon, Nikita Scherbak, Bud Holloway, Max Friberg, Josiah Didier

▼     Zach Fucale, John Scott, Ryan Johnston

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 19 Shots 40
0 for 1 Power Play 0 for 5
10 Penalty Minutes 2
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (29-29-8-3) 1 1 1 3
 Marlies (47-15-5-0) 3 1 1 5
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Lernout (2), Holloway (19), Hudon (26)
  • TOR:  Smith (19), Brennan (24), Leivo (15), Leivo (16), Leipsic (19)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 15-17-4
  • TOR: Bibeau (W) 23-8-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. TJ Brennan  TOR
  2. Josh Leivo  TOR
  3. Charles Hudon  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Christopher Joyaux

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RECAP | IceCaps – Americans: Strong Victory Rights the Ship

Friday March 25, 2016 
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

5-3

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo courtesy of the Rochester Americans)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Friberg – Dumont – Holloway
Hudon – Ward – Scherbak
McNally – MacMillan – Gregoire
Bozon – Yogan – Ranger[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Joyaux – Ellis
Didier – Lernout
Scott – Johnston[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Shane Bakker, Mac Bennett, Angelo Miceli, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

IceCaps fans watching tonight’s game may have thought they were experiencing deja vu. Charles Hudon scored first for St. John’s again, assisted by Nikita Scherbak, tying the game early in the first period at 1-1.

In the second period, the IceCaps once again opened up the scoring with two goals by Brandon McNally, and a goal by Morgan Ellis.  Cory Ward added two more assists to his season tally.  Penalties came and went, but the penalty killing unit stood tall and denied every Rochester attempt to put pucks through Eddie Pasquale.

Then, in the final frame, Max Friberg put the IceCaps up 5-1 – just like they started the period on Wednesday night.  And just like the previous game, that’s when the Americans started to mount a comeback, scoring two quick goals.  But Pasquale stood his ground, despite being peppered with 28 shots in the 3rd period, and the IceCaps took this one decisively 5-3.

It was a valiant team win by a group of hockey players who have faced some devastating losses over the last week of the season.  The win should give them a much-needed boost of confidence going into Saturday’s afternoon matinee against the Toronto Marlies at the Air Canada Centre.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Mark MacMillan, Cory Ward, Eddie Pasquale, Brandon McNally, Max Friberg

▼     John Scott, Tim Bozon, Alexandre Ranger

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 32 Shots 46
0 for 4 Power Play 0 for 5
12 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (29-28-8-3) 1 3 1 5
 Americans (32-30-2-1) 1 0 2 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (25), McNally (6), Ellis (14), McNally (7), Friberg (12)
  • RCH:  Nevings (4), Catenacci (12), O’Dell (23)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 11-9-3
  • RCH: Ullmark (L) 10-11-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Brandon McNally  STJ
  2. Max Friberg  STJ
  3. Mark MacMillan  STJ

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RECAP | IceCaps – Americans: Commanding Lead Turns Into Total Collapse

Wednesday March 23, 2016 
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

5-6

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo courtesy of the Rochester Americans)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Friberg – Dumont – Holloway
Hudon – Ward – Scherbak
McNally – MacMillan – Gregoire
Bozon – Yogan – Ranger[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Didier – Lernout
Joyaux – Ellis
Brown – Johnston[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Shane Bakker, Mac Bennett, Angelo Miceli, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

Devastating. That’s the word that best sums up how this game ended.  A complete collapse in the third period took what was a thrilling, energetic game from the IceCaps and turned it into an astounding loss.

Charles Hudon bagged two goals back to back in the first and second periods, and got the IceCaps started with determination.  St. John’s opened up the scoring in the second period, with goals being tallied by Jeremy Gregoire and Gabriel Dumont.  Dan Catenacci got one back for Rochester, but the IceCaps began the third period enjoying a 4-1 lead.

Just four minutes into the third, the IceCaps extended their lead to 5-1 when Morgan Ellis had a goal awarded after review.

It all started to come unraveled with 11:06 left.  The Amerks Matt Donovan scored a power-play goal with Gabriel Dumont in the box for tripping. Puck after puck found its way past Eddie Pasquale and, with less than five minutes remaining in the game, the IceCaps found themselves tied 5-5 with the Americans.

It was a terrible breakdown, and the icing on the cake was a goal by Chad Ruhwedel with four seconds left in regulation which proved to be the winner. The Amerks scored five unanswered goals in an eleven minute span in the third period to gut the IceCaps.

The loss pretty much determines that St. John’s won’t make the playoffs this year, but they still have plenty of hockey to play – especially on this road trip.  They face the Rochester Americans once again on Friday night before heading to Toronto for two games against the league-leading Marlies.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Charles Hudon, Jeremy Gregoire

▼     Eddie Pasquale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 25 Shots 34
0 for 2 Power Play 1 for 5
19 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (28-28-8-3) 1 3 1 5
 Americans (32-29-2-1) 0 1 5 6
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (23), Hudon (24), Gregoire (5), Dumont (19), Ellis (13)
  • RCH:  Catenacci (10), Donovan (8), Dupuis (6), D’Amigo (12), Catenacci (11), Ruhwedel (10)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 10-9-3
  • RCH: Makarov (W) 7-7-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Chad Ruhwedel  RCH
  2. Dan Catenacci  RCH
  3. Matt Donovan  RCH

 Video highlights
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