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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

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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

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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

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RECAP | IceCaps – Americans: Shootout Loss Stings

Wednesday December 30, 2015 
First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-3

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo courtesy of Rochester Americans)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Lessio – Hudon – Holloway
Bournival – McCarron – Dumont
MacMillan – De La Rose – Fournier
McNally – Eisenschmid – Gregoire [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bennett – Dietz
Ellis – Didier
Hanley – Lernout[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Tokarski
Fucale

Scratches: Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

As the road trip continued for the St. John’s IceCaps, they found themselves taking the ice in another NHL rink – this time in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center.  The Rochester Americans got things started with a lot of energy, especially after the IceCaps gave them a few early power play opportunities.

The Americans converted one of those man advantages in the first period and went into the intermission with a one-goal lead.

The second period kicked off with a quick goal by Gabriel Dumont just 21 seconds in, but Rochester got it right back just over a minute later.  Jacob de la Rose and Lucas Lessio were some of the strongest players on the puck tonight, checking well and skating hard.  Dustin Tokarski was shaky at times, but settled in as the game wore on.  Late in the period, Charles Hudon found the back of the net on a power play to even the score at 2-2.

St. John’s came out in the third looking a little slow and disorganized, but neither team could get a puck past the opposing goaltender.  The overtime period was fast and frenzied, with Tokarski making some key saves to keep the IceCaps in it.  However once the shootout came around, Tokarski was unable to stop any of the three Amerks shooters.

Mike McCarron left the game early in the third period after taking an apparent stick to the face and did not return to the bench.  The IceCaps return to the ice on Thursday night when they take on the Senators in Binghamton, NY.

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Lucas Lessio

▼     Mac Bennett

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 27 Shots 30
1 for 4 Power Play 1 for 5
12 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (15-8-5-3) 0 2 0 0 0 2
 Americans (15-14-1-1) 1 1 0 0 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (8), Hudon (11)
  • RCH:  Leduc (4), Austin (2), Bailey (Game-deciding goal)
  • STJ: Tokarski (L) 2-3-4
  • RCH: Lieuwen (W) 8-6-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Nathan Lieuwen  RCH
  2. Gabriel Dumont   STJ
  3. Justin Bailey  RCH

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available

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RECAP | Americans – IceCaps: Another Early Lead Disappears in OT Loss

Saturday December 12, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-3

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Miceli – McCarron – Holloway
Bournival – De La Rose – Dumont
McNally – MacMillan – Gregoire
Bozon – Pither – Fournier [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Dietz
Ellis – Didier
Hanley – Lernout[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

After a disappointing loss to the Rochester Americans last night, the IceCaps looked to right the ship when they faced the Amerks again tonight.  Shots on goal were kept on more of an even keel this night, until the third period when the IceCaps seemed to run out of gas.

The opening frame was played quietly in terms of offense, but the penalty box was active during the first 20 minutes yet again.  Mark Barberio, Angelo Miceli, and Brett Lernout all found themselves serving minors.

Captain Gabriel Dumont got the home team on the board first, assisted by Jeremy Gregoire and Jacob de la Rose.  That’s points in two consecutive games for JDLR after returning from injury.  The Amerks and IceCaps then traded a couple of goals, with Stefan Fournier scoring for St. John’s.

The third period was all Rochester.  The IceCaps were pinned in their own zone for minutes at a time, eventually resulting in a game-tying goal by Tim Schaller which would end up forcing overtime.  The top line of Miceli, Mike McCarron, and Bud Holloway started the 3-on-3 OT, but Jason Akeson sniped the puck past Pasquale just over a minute into the extra minutes.

The IceCaps return to the ice on Tuesday night when the Albany Devils come to St. John’s for a back-to-back series.

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Brett Lernout, Eddie Pasquale, Stefan Fournier

▼     Angelo Miceli, Tim Bozon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 28 Shots 35
0 for 4 Power Play 0 for 5
10 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-8-4-2) 0 1 1 0 2
 Americans (12-11-1-1) 0 2 0 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (6), Fournier (4)
  • RCH:  Leduc (3), Schaller (2), Akeson (5)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 3-1-2
  • RCH: Lieuwen (W) 7-4-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Jason Akeson  RCH
  2. Tim Schaller   RCH
  3. Eddie Pasquale  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available

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Recap – IceCaps vs Americans: Extra Minutes Required for Sixth Straight Game

Friday November 27, 2015 
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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3-4

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo by Micheline Veluvolu)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Carr
Bozon – Dumont – Gregoire
McNally – MacMillan – Fournier
Blain – Miceli[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Ellis
Tinordi – Didier
Hanley – Lernout
Bennett[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

Coming into this game, the IceCaps had settled their last five consecutive games in overtime or a shootout.  This game in Rochester would follow that trend, adding a sixth game of extra minutes to the St. John’s streak.

It was the first of another six-game roadtrip for the IceCaps and the first period made them look tired and sluggish.  They spent most of the period pinned in their own end, only tallying five shots on goal.  Discipline became a factor once again as penalties started early.  Jarred Tinordi, sent down from Montreal for a conditioning stint, had two penalties on the night.

After the first intermission, the IceCaps found themselves down by a goal but seemed to find some energy. They turned the tables on the Americans, skating faster, getting shots on net, and drawing penalties.  Morgan Ellis tied things up and then the first line of Daniel Carr, Michael McCarron, and Charles Hudon turned on the jets.  They were strong in the crease, putting pressure on Rochester’s goaltender, and were rewarded with a power play goal for Carr and an even-strength goal for McCarron.

The IceCaps held onto their one goal lead for the remainder of the game, despite some close calls shut down by Zach Fucale.  It was a late goal by defenseman Colby Robak , however, that tied the game with 16 seconds remaining and eventually forcing overtime.

Extra time was pretty evenly played, with both goaltenders making some big saves. Hudon had a bad turnover which led to a two-man rush against him during which he broke his stick trying to defend the play.

No St. John’s shooters were able to score in the shootout, and just one goal by Jason Akeson for Rochester was all it took to finish this one.

▲     Daniel Carr, Mike McCarron, Mark Barberio

▼     Gabriel Dumont

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 31 Shots 35
1 for 5 Power Play 1 for 6
12 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (9-5-3-2) 0 3 0 0 0 3
 Americans (9-5-1-1) 1 1 1 0 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Ellis (5), Carr (6), McCarron (9)
  • RCH:  Baptiste (3), Ruhwedel (2), Robak (3) Game-deciding goal: Akeson
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 6-3-1
  • RCH: Makarov 3-4-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Andrey Makarov   RCH
  2. Mark Barberio   STJ
  3. Chad Ruhwedel   RCH

 Video highlights
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Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • not available for this game

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