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IceCaps Weekly Wrap | Team Effort for a Playoff Push

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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.

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IceCaps Weekly Wrap | Scherbak Shines [Video]

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

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.

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ROSTER MOVE | Canadiens Reassign Morgan Ellis to St. John’s

Morgan Ellis reassigned to the IceCaps
Sunday, 03.6.2016 / 1:00 PM ET

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Montreal Canadiens Press Release

The Canadiens reassigned defenseman Morgan Ellis to the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps on Sunday.

Called up on February 26, Ellis played three games with the Habs over the past week out West, serving two penalty minutes.

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RECAP | Devils – IceCaps: Five Fights For the Win

Friday March 4, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

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Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

[one_half_last]Dietz – Lernout
Hanley – Johnston
Brown – Didier[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

It had been almost a week since the last time the IceCaps took the ice for a game.  After finally grabbing a win in Syracuse at the end of a disappointing road trip, the team had a few days to rest and practice before welcoming the Albany Devils to the Mile One Centre.

The first period was rather sluggish, with St. John’s only getting four shots on goal.  Only one penalty, against Gabriel Dumont, was called in the opening frame – a quiet 20 minutes to be sure.

The second period, however, was the polar opposite.  Charles Hudon scored his 19th goal of the season during a power play, assisted by Dumont and Nikita Scherbak.  The goals came fast and furious after that, with Alexander Ranger and Brandon McNally both scoring within another minute or so.

Then things got pretty intense.  Five fights were recorded in the period, with Mark MacMillan and John Scott both getting thrown out with game misconducts.  Scherbak was the victim of a dirty hit from behind which tossed him toward the visiting bench and into the stanchion.  Scott took exception and landed a flurry of solid left jabs onto the face and head of Ben Thomson.

The Devils managed to get one goal on the board in the third period, but the IceCaps didn’t let them get any farther in the scoring race.  It was a solid team win to kick off this home stand as they try to make a push toward the playoffs down the stretch.

The Icecaps face the Albany Devils again on Saturday night for the second game of the back-to-back and the final game in the season series.

▲     Bud Holloway, Eddie Pasquale, Charles Hudon, John Scott, Darren Dietz

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 27 Shots 27
1 for 2 Power Play 1 for 5
69 Penalty Minutes 45
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (25-23-7-3) 0 3 0 3
 Devils (33-15-8-0) 0 0 1 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (19), Ranger (2), McNally (3)
  • ALB:  Pietila (7)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 8-6-3
  • ALB: Danis (L) 25-9-5
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Gabriel Dumont  STJ
  2. Andrew Yogan  STJ
  3. Eddie Pasquale  STJ

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ROSTER UPDATE | IceCaps Sign Forward Andrew Yogan to PTO

IceCaps sign Yogan to PTO
FORWARD ANDREW YOGAN JOINS ST. JOHN’S

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (March 3, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed left-winger Andrew Yogan to a 25-game Professional Tryout contract (PTO).

The 24-year-old has scored 40 points in 32 games with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones this season, after previous stints in 2015-16 with the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch (two goals in four games) and Iowa Wild (four points in 16 games).

The six-foot-three, 205-pound native of Coral Springs, FL was drafted in the fourth round, 100th overall, by the New York Rangers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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AHL Announces Suspension for Stefan Matteau

AHL ANNOUNCES SUSPENSION

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American Hockey League Media Release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The American Hockey League today announced that former Albany Devils left wing Stefan Matteau has been suspended for two (2) games as a consequence of an illegal check to the head of an opponent in a game at Bridgeport on Feb. 28.

Matteau was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline).

Matteau, who was acquired by the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens on Monday, will miss the next two games for which he is active on an AHL club roster.

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ROSTER MOVE: IceCaps Recall Defenceman Travis Brown from Beast

IceCaps Recall Travis Brown from Brampton
DEFENCEMAN BROWN CALLED UP FROM ECHL

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 23, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have recalled defenceman Travis Brown from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The 21-year-old rookie has scored seven goals and 20 points in 51 games with the Beast this season.

Chosen originally by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 149th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Brown signed a one-year, two-way American Hockey League contract with the IceCaps in August.

The six-foot-two, 200-pound blueliner split the previous four seasons between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

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ROSTER MOVE: Canadiens Recall Defenceman Victor Bartley

Bartley recalled to Montreal
VICTOR BARTLEY HEADS TO HABS

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

MONTREAL, QC — The Montreal Canadiens have recalled defenceman Victor Bartley from the IceCaps.

Acquired by the Canadiens last month – along with John Scott – in a trade involving both the Nashville Predators and Arizona Coyotes, Bartley has scored two goals and four points in 10 games with St. John’s.

The six-foot, 215-pounder was never drafted but signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators in 2011. The 27-year-old Ottawa native has played 112 NHL games, all with the Predators.

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ROSTER MOVE | IceCaps Reassign Mac Bennett to Beast

Bennett reassigned to Brampton
DEFENCEMAN MAC BENNETT HEADS TO ECHL AFFILIATE

Mac Bennett (Photo by  Vincent Ethier)
Mac Bennett (Photo by Vincent Ethier)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 18, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned defenceman Mac Bennett from the IceCaps to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The sophomore pro from Narragansett, RI has skated in 29 games with the IceCaps this season, registering a goal and three points, along with 28 penalty minutes. Bennett spent the entire 2014-15 season with the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.

The six-foot, 189-pound, Michigan University alumnus was drafted in the third round (79th overall) by the Canadiens in 2009.

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ROSTER MOVE | IceCaps Sign RW Evan Rankin to PTO

IceCaps Sign Rankin to PTO
EVAN RANKIN JOINS ST. JOHN’S ON THE ROAD

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 18, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed right-winger Evan Rankin to a 25-game Professional Tryout contract (PTO).

Rankin, a six-foot-one, 185-pounder has scored 14 points in 15 games with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, after registering seven points in 24 games to start the season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL).

An alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, the Portage. MI native has previous AHL experience with the Manitoba Moose, Grand Rapids Griffins, Rochester Americans and Syracuse Crunch.