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IceCaps Hockey Report Interviews St. John’s Forward Andrew Yogan

by Amy Johnson, Video Editor/Producer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

Andrew Yogan (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

SYRACUSE, NY. — The Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps recently returned from a six-game road trip through upstate New York and Toronto. You can read full reports for each game here.

The IceCaps Hockey Report | All Habs Hockey Magazine team was onsite in Utica, Syracuse and Toronto to take in the action against the Comets, Crunch and Marlies.

Following the game against the Syracuse Crunch, IceCaps forward Andrew Yogan kindly spent a few minutes with our video producer, Amy Johnson.

The interview is below.

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IceCaps Hockey Report Interviews Canadiens Prospect Jeremy Gregoire [VIDEO]

by Amy Johnson, Video Editor/Producer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

Jeremy Gregoire (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

SYRACUSE, NY. — The Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps recently returned from a six-game road trip through upstate New York and Toronto. You can read full reports for each game here.

The IceCaps Hockey Report | All Habs Hockey Magazine team was onsite in Utica, Syracuse and Toronto to take in the action against the Comets, Crunch and Marlies.

Following the game against the Syracuse Crunch, IceCaps forward Jeremy Gregoire kindly spent a few minutes with our video producer, Amy Johnson.

The interview is below.

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Zach Fucale Earns IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year Award

Fucale Named IceCaps’ IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year
ROOKIE NETMINDER REWARDED FOR COMMUNITY SPIRIT

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

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (March 31, 2016) – The St. John’s IceCaps are proud to announce that goaltender Zach Fucale has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the St. John’s community during the 2015-16 season.

This past season, Fucale has been a community leader for the IceCaps organization.  He has given up countless hours of his personal time to attend team-related events and ensure fans have the opportunity to get an autograph, a picture or a few special moments with him.  Fucale has been a favourite at these events with his signature positive, upbeat attitude when interacting with young people and their parents.

Throughout the season, Fucale has been a team leader in community appearances – taking on this role as a rookie – making his accomplishments and dedication even more impressive.  While continuing to grow as a player and learning to be a professional, the 20-year-old has not lost sight of the importance of giving back.

Education is a pillar of the IceCaps’ community outreach. Fucale has visited schools assisting with reading programs, talking about the importance of respecting others and allowing the children to learn more about his life.  When Fucale walks into a school he shows a genuine interest in what the students are doing, their work and their interests.

The IceCaps provide fans with different game-night experiences throughout the season.  When a fan is close to the players, on the bench for warm-up or something similar, Fucale will always take a moment to say hello, provide a high five to a young child or give away a stick or puck.  These may be small gestures, but create life-long memories for young people and their families.  These moments cement relationships with fans and assist in building a connection between IceCaps players and our community.

Fucale embodies everything that the IceCaps organization is about.   He is an ambassador for the team, the city of St. John’s and the entire province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Zach Fucale is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2015-16 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League at a later date.

Courtesy of the AHL, here is the complete list of the league’s IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year awards:

Dan Kelly, Albany Devils (3rd-time winner)
Matthew Ford, Bakersfield Condors (2nd)
Zack Stortini, Binghamton Senators (2nd)
Matt Carkner, Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6th)
Kyle Hagel, Charlotte Checkers (6th)
Pat Cannone, Chicago Wolves (1st)
Tom McCollum, Grand Rapids Griffins (3rd)
Chris Summers, Hartford Wolf Pack (1st)
Nathan Walker, Hershey Bears (1st)
Kurtis Gabriel, Iowa Wild (1st)
Ryan Craig, Lake Erie Monsters (2nd)
Davis Drewiske, Lehigh Valley Phantoms (3rd)
Josh Morrissey, Manitoba Moose (1st)
Jimmy Oligny, Milwaukee Admirals (1st)
Sean Backman, Ontario Reign (1st)
Shane Harper, Portland Pirates (2nd)
Brandon DeFazio, Providence Bruins (4th)
Patrick Kaleta, Rochester Americans (2nd)
Michael Leighton, Rockford IceHogs (1st)
Zach Fucale, St. John’s IceCaps (1st)
Ben Street, San Antonio Rampage (1st)
Joe Piskula, San Diego Gulls (1st)
Ryan Carpenter, San Jose Barracuda (1st)
Domenic Monardo, Springfield Falcons (1st)
Bryce Van Brabant, Stockton Heat (1st)
Mike Angelidis, Syracuse Crunch (1st)
Derek Hulak, Texas Stars (2nd)
Andrew Campbell, Toronto Marlies (4th)
Carter Bancks, Utica Comets (2nd)
Will O’Neill, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2nd)

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ROSTER MOVE | Goaltender Ben Scrivens Reassigned to St. John’s

Scrivens sent to IceCaps
NETMINDER BEN SCRIVENS JOINS TEAM IN ST. JOHN’S

(Photo courtesy The Edmonton Journal)
(Photo courtesy The Edmonton Journal)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

The Montreal Canadiens today reassigned goaltender Ben Scrivens to the IceCaps.

https://twitter.com/ben_scrivens/status/715581204137910272?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The 29-year-old Spruce Grove, AB native posted a 3.07 goals against average and a .906 save percentage in 15 games with the Canadiens and recorded a 3.47 goals against average and .893 save percentage in 10 contests with the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors.

The Canadiens acquired Scrivens from the Edmonton Oilers in a late December trade for forward Zack Kassian.

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#AskAnIceCap | Nikita Scherbak Answers Your Questions [with AUDIO]

by Taylor McIlwaine , Digital Media Producer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

Nikita Scherbak (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)
Nikita Scherbak (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

 

TORONTO, ON — Promising Montreal Canadiens prospect, Nikita Scherbak has some ideas about who he would put in his NHL starting lineup, and they might surprise you!

Nikita All Of the light
(Photo by Taylor McIlwaine | Rocket Sports Media)

For the St. John’s IceCaps, the 2016 Easter long weekend was spent rounding off a 14-day road trip, their last of the regular season. The team came to Toronto to face off against the Marlies in two games of good ol’ fashioned rivalry hockey. While they lost both games in the big city, 20-year-old Nikita Scherbak continued to show promising strides in his career, showing off some of that signature stick work and posting an assist.

The first round draft pick continues to clock big time minutes with the IceCaps, showcasing impressive puck handling and sly pivots, all the while, improving on his defensive play. His potential keeps growing in tandem with his determination and passion to be a top NHL forward.

After taking to Twitter and Facebook to collect some of your questions, I caught up with the Moscow-native in Toronto to get you some answers, and they definitely did not disappoint.

On Saturday afternoon, you played at the ACC and on Monday night you went to an NBA game at the ACC. How did you like watching the Raptors? Did you have good seats? — Jason (Markham, ON.) via Facebook

Scherbak: I was excited, really,  I like basketball a lot! It’s one of my favourite sports, because my mom used to play. So, about seats…[laughs] it wasn’t really good seats, I mean, it was on top, in the 300s. So, the guys made jokes on me in the morning, saying I watched from the CN tower, but I mean, that was my first experience, so I was really excited, and I [got the chance] to see Durant and Westbrook, they [are some] of my favourite players in the NBA, so it was really nice.

Scherbak: My music, actually, I put my music. Last couple of games, the boys give me a chance […] I don’t like, I’m not a big fan of country, so I like more techno and rap so yeah we’re listening to rap and techno before we go on the ice.

Describe the atmosphere of the dressing room: after a win and after a loss.

Scherbak: Well, it’s always tough, I mean, like when you lose the game and no one [is] happy, right? Because, obviously you’re trying, you put effort and something doesn’t go well so a bit more quiet after games. We try and just, I don’t know, try and forget right away that game, what happened on the ice.

And, obviously, when we win the game we’re all happy and we’re all smiling and it’s fun, you know, it’s fun to win!

What is your favorite thing to do when you are on the bus/plane? Play cards? Listen to music? Read? Sleep? — Amanda (Seattle, WA.) via Facebook

Scherbak: That’s a tough one, I don’t know. Try and get sleep maybe, but usually I can’t sleep on the bus or plane. I can’t sleep when I am sitting down so I try to play games on my iPhone or iPad or wherever. Watch a movie on the plane and listening to music.

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Scherbak: A lot! I miss junior, I miss my junior career a lot, because it was so much fun. All the guys and the fans too, you know, it was crazy, especially in Everett. We had a good team, good year and uh, the crowd was good at those games so I was excited to play there, especially games against Seattle, it was sold out so it was awesome, I miss it a lot!

Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty recently joked that, “(Mike) McCarron probably has never shaved in his life.” When asked McCarron said that he shaves every three weeks. So Bobby, from Montreal, had to know..

https://twitter.com/montrealdesign/status/713176160541261824

Scherbak: I’m not a huge beard guy [laughs], so I don’t know, probably like same, yeah three weeks, maybe a month. I am not mustache guy, or not crazy beard guy so yeah, around three weeks too.

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Scherbak: That’s a really tough one. I don’t know, if I were to be coach, I would, well first of all, I would take [Carey] Price in net, for sure, that’s 100 per cent. On defense, I would put Erik Karlsson and let’s say, Drew Doughty and forward would be [Sidney] Crosby, Jamie Benn and, uh, let’s take a Russian… let’s take [Pavel] Datsyuk!

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Scherbak: I’ll be honest, it doesn’t…it’s a tough one. I played a lot on the wing, basically all my career and this year, I start centre and I like it alot. I don’t know, I think I rather play centre now, like after a couple games playing centre, I would like to play centre.

Scherbak: Oh, I don’t know that’s tough. I mean all guys talented, to play on this team, in this league, you have to be talented and you have to be, you have to work hard. […] Obviously, the older guys, but maybe most talented, I would say Charles Hudon. I really like how he plays and the way, the skill he has, so I really like him.

Scherbak: Everything! I dont know, my parents, my friends. Just the atmosphere and my culture and just the city. I mean, I am born there, and I [haven’t] been there in a long time so I’m really excited to go back. [I miss] my parents a lot, I didn’t see them for awhile.

Scherbak:  [Laughs] Probably, no, I like to jump, jumping, maybe over something, on something. I don’t know, maybe bench press [laughs]. Let’s say bench press, I am not good at that any way, so…

What is your plan/schedule for the off-season? Randy (Waterloo, Ontario) via Facebook

Scherbak: So I will go home, back [to] Moscow, right away, I think, and we’ll see from that. I need to make a new Visa and stuff so we’ll see. Ill go home first and I’ll decide after that. Go and hang out with my parents a lot, try and see all of my friends, which is a lot of friends, I didn’t see them for 3 years and maybe go for a vacation somewhere, we will see, we will figure [it out]!

Thank you for sending us your questions! Missed out? Be sure to follow along with us on social media @IceCapsReport@AllHabs and @TaylorOliviaMc so it never happens again. Meanwhile, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for the promising career of Nikita Scherbak!

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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

Audio from interviews conducted by Taylor McIlwaine for IceCaps Hockey Report | Rocket Sports Media.

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IceCaps Weekly Wrap | A Roller Coaster Road Trip [VIDEO]

(Photo by Rabita Naqvi | Rocket Sports Media)
(Photo by Rabita Naqvi | Rocket Sports Media)

ST. JOHN’s, NL — Every Tuesday, IceCaps Hockey Report’s lead contributor, Amy Johnson, reviews the most recent action involving prospects of the Montreal Canadiens and what to expect from the St. John’s IceCaps in the week ahead.

Watch and share!

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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

Audio from interviews conducted by Taylor McIlwaine for IceCaps Hockey Report | Rocket Sports Media.

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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

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
 

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IceCaps Hockey Report Interviews Canadiens Prospect Brandon McNally [VIDEO]

by Amy Johnson, Video Editor/Producer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

Brandon McNally (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

SYRACUSE, NY. — The Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps are currently on a six-game road trip through upstate New York and Toronto. The IceCaps had an exciting overtime win in Utica before dropping two games in Syracuse. You can read full reports for each game here.

The IceCaps Hockey Report | All Habs Hockey Magazine team was onsite in Utica and Syracuse to take in the action against the Comets and the Crunch.

Following the game against the Crunch, IceCaps forward Brandon McNally kindly spent a few minutes with our video producer, Amy Johnson.

The interview is below.