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RECAP | Crunch – IceCaps: Celebrating Back-to-Back Wins

Wednesday February 10, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

4-3

CRUNCH
Syracuse

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – Scherbak – Holloway
Friberg – McCarron – Dumont
McNally – MacMillan – Bozon
Bakker – Miceli – Ranger[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bartley – Ellis
Hanley – Lernout
Johnston – Dietz[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Mac Bennett, Dalton Thrower, John Scott, Jeremy Gregoire, Josiah Didier, Michael Bournival (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

The Syracuse Crunch were hungry for payback. They had failed to score a goal in the previous night’s game against the IceCaps, and the St. John’s team wanted to keep them down.  Victor Bartley got things going for the hometown fans at Mile One Centre early in the first period with his first goal of the season, coming to him on the power play.

Then things got really testy on the ice.  A six-player fight broke out, with Michael McCarron, Darren Dietz, and Gabriel Dumont all throwing off the gloves and taking a Crunch player to task.  The IceCaps managed to get a man advantage out of the scrap, and Mark MacMillan capitalized on the power play.

But before the first period could come to an end, Syracuse managed to even the score.  Zach Fucale had to stand tall throughout the second period as he faced more than twice the shots then his opponent at the other end of the ice.  Shane Bakker was ejected from the game on a match penalty for boarding, and things were not looking good for the IceCaps.

Nikita Scherbak, however, did not give up and tallied another power play goal in the third period to knot the score at three-aside.  He, Dumont, and Morgan Ellis would be selected to start the overtime period that followed.  Charles Hudon sped up the ice on a breakaway and fired the puck from the slot to put a stamp on the game and give the IceCaps another win.

Jacob de la Rose was recalled by the Montreal Canadiens prior to the game starting.  The IceCaps return to the ice on Saturday to take on the Toronto Marlies.

▲     Zach Fucale, Nikita Scherbak, Morgan Ellis

▼     Shane Bakker, Angelo Miceli

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 19 Shots 39
3 for 5 Power Play 1 for 3
39 Penalty Minutes 30
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (21-18-7-3) 2 0 1 1 4
 Crunch (19-20-9-1) 2 1 0 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Bartley (1), MacMillan (6), Scherbak (5), Hudon (15)
  • SYR: Koekkoek (4), Blujus (4), Yogan (3)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 12-11-3
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (L) 8-9-5
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Charles Hudon   STJ
  2. Zach Fucale   STJ
  3. Slater Koekkoek   SYR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
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