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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

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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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 Post-game interview
 

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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

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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 – Crunch: More of the Rough Stuff [with Audio]

Sunday March 20, 2016 
Oncenter War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-6

CRUNCH
Syracuse

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media, Inc.)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

Game Report

The IceCaps meant business at the start of this game. After a close game the previous night which was physical, at times nasty, and closely played, the St. John’s team looked renewed as they blazed down the ice.  They were forechecking hard, skating well, passing cleanly – and got rewarded with a quick goal by Charles Hudon, assisted by Bud Holloway and Mark MacMillan.

Emotions were still running high and it wasn’t long before Jeremy Gregoire dropped the gloves with Jake Dotchin.  Minutes later a massive scrum started after Josiah Didier took on his own fighting bout and many of his teammates joined in with the nearest Crunch players.  Brett Lernout earned a game misconduct for his part in the scrap.

By the end of the first period, the IceCaps started to lose energy – and the lead.  Syracuse scored two consecutive goals in the opening frame and were outshooting the visiting team once again.

Then the game turned truly ugly in the second period when Syracuse scored four more goals, with only one more goal by Hudon coming for the IceCaps.  It was not Zach Fucale’s best night and he did not return in the third period.

Eddie Pasquale kept the Crunch from adding to their tally in the third period, but St. John’s played mostly a dump-and-chase game for the final 20 minutes and couldn’t mount any sort of offensive pressure or scoring.  It was deflating back-to-back loss, making the playoff run that much harder to reach.

Joel Hanley was recalled by Montreal on emergency status earlier in the day, putting Travis Brown back in the lineup.  The IceCaps continue their road trip on Wednesday night with a game in Rochester against the Amerks.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Josiah Didier, Jeremy Gregoire, Charles Hudon, Bud Holloway

▼     Zach Fucale, Gabriel Dumont

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 24 Shots 28
1 for 4 Power Play 3 for 5
54 Penalty Minutes 42
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (28-27-8-3) 1 1 0 2
 Crunch (27-25-10-3) 2 4 0 6
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (21), Hudon (22)
  • SYR:  Gourde (11), Tambellini (24), Richard (10), Gourde (12), Drouin (6), Drouin (7)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 15-16-4
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (W) 11-10-6
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Jonathan Drouin  SYR
  2. Tanner Richard  SYR
  3. Yanni Gourde  SYR

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

Post-game interview with Jeremy Gregoire

Post-game interview with Andrew Yogan

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RECAP | IceCaps – Crunch: A Vital Need for Consistency

Saturday March 19, 2016 
Oncenter War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-3

CRUNCH
Syracuse

Photo credit – Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Shane Bakker, Travis Brown, Dalton Thrower, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (concussion), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

Some players will say that the games they’re playing right now are like being in the playoffs. In many post-game interviews we’ve heard the phrase, “We’re playing for our lives.”  Every point matters at this time of year, and tonight the IceCaps played against a Crunch team who is chasing St. John’s for that final playoff position.

It was a rough and physical game from the start. Both teams played with a lot of intensity and determination.  But the IceCaps struggled all night to get out of their own end. Syracuse maintained control of much of the game, especially in the second period.

Gabriel Dumont did get his team on the board first, assisted by Brett Lernout and Josiah Didier.  But the opening frame also gave fans a massive fight between Shane Bakker and David Broll.  Bakker didn’t return to the game, injuring a finger in the brawl.

The IceCaps then started taking too many penalties, and although the Crunch didn’t convert any power play opportunities, it kept St. John’s on their heels.  The players also seemed to get frustrated with a number of missed penalty calls against Syracuse.

Eddie Pasquale stood tall in net, facing 39 shots total.  Brandon McNally got one back for his team midway through the third period, but the IceCaps just couldn’t get the puck into the net one more time for the equalizer.  Both benches met at one end of the ice in a massive trash-talking mass after the final horn, providing a likely preview of Sunday’s tilt.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Morgan Ellis, Josiah Didier, Max Friberg, Jeremy Gregoire, Shane Bakker

▼     Tim Bozon, Christopher Joyaux

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 23 Shots 39
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 4
30 Penalty Minutes 28
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (28-26-8-3) 1 0 1 2
 Crunch (26-25-10-3) 1 2 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (18), McNally (5)
  • SYR:  Martindale (1), Martindale (2), Tambellini (23)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 10-8-3
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (W) 10-10-6
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Jeff Tambellini  SYR
  2. Ryan Martindale  SYR
  3. Anthony DeAngelo  SYR

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

Post-game interview with Josiah Didier

Post-game interview with Brandon McNally

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RECAP | IceCaps – Comets: Friberg Rifles OT Winner [with AUDIO]

Friday March 18, 2016 
Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-1

COMETS
Utica

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

Game Report

In the first game of the final road trip of their regular season, the IceCaps took the ice in Utica for an energetic matchup against the Comets.  Both teams are jockeying for a playoff position, giving the atmosphere a bit more intensity.

Jeremy Gregoire got things started the right way with a quick goal after a few minutes into the first frame.  He was assisted by Mark MacMillan and Brandon McNally.  Many close calls at both ends, but Zach Fucale and Joe Cannata were on top of things in their respective creases.

The second period started off with some tense scrums after the whistles, but soon settled down into a fast-paced rhythm. Penalties started to rack up on both sides of the ice, as did hits.  The IceCaps sustained a good amount of offensive pressure, but couldn’t get the puck through Cannata.

The third period was all Comets. Midway through the frame, Carter Bancks walked off the side boards and snapped it past Zach Fucale.  With the score tied, Utica did not let up. With six minutes left in the third, the Comets were outshooting the IceCaps 14-1.

Fucale played a strong positional game and limited rebounds. He also had help in front of him with some excellent shot-blocking particularly by Max Friberg.

In the overtime period, it was time for Friberg to show off his offensive skills. Taking a pass from Morgan Ellis, Friberg came down the right side and snapped a rocket past Comets goalie Joe Cannata to give the IceCaps the win.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Max Friberg, Andrew Yogan, Zach Fucale, Jeremy Gregoire, Brett Lernout, Josiah Didier

▼     Alexander Ranger, Ryan Johnston, Tim Bozon, Christopher Joyaux

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 21 Shots 31
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 4
10 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (28-25-8-3) 1 0 0 1 2
 Comets (31-21-6-3) 0 0 1 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Gregoire (4), Friberg (11)
  • UTI:  Bancks (10)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 15-15-4
  • UTI: Cannata (L) 17-10-4
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Max Friberg  STJ
  2. Zach Fucale  STJ
  3. Carter Bancks UTI

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

Post-game interview with Max Friberg

 

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RECAP | IceCaps – Crunch: Shootout Success in Syracuse

Wednesday February 17, 2016 
Oncenter War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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3-2

CRUNCH
Crunch

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Mac Bennett, Jeremy Gregoire, Alexandre Ranger, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Gabriel Dumont (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

After defeating the Syracuse Crunch twice last week, including the game in which Zach Fucale earned his first professional shutout, the IceCaps looked to repeat history when they came into the War Memorial Arena tonight.

The first period was buzzing with activity, as the Crunch got on the board just under two minutes into the game.  Immediately following their goal, Shane Bakker dropped the gloves with Brian Hart.  Soon afterwards Syracuse took the first penalty of the night and the IceCaps tied the game on the ensuing power play, thanks to a goal by John Scott.

The Crunch managed to get a go-ahead goal before the end of the frame, and the score stalled at 2-1 through the second period as well.  The IceCaps power play units got plenty of ice time as the Crunch continued to take penalties, and another fight broke out – this time between Brett Lernout and Mike Angelidis.

Finally, with just over two minutes left in regulation, Mike McCarron tallied another power play goal to tie the game.  The teams exchanged penalties during the overtime period, but both goaltenders stood strong and forced a shootout.  It took five rounds before a goal was scored, and it was McCarron again to win the game for St. John’s.

The Icecaps continue their road trip by heading to Binghamton for a back-to-back series Friday and Saturday night.

▲     Michael McCarron, Zach Fucale, Brett Lernout, Max Friberg

▼     Nikita Scherbak, Tim Bozon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 32 Shots 29
2 for 8 Power Play 0 for 4
18 Penalty Minutes 26
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (23-19-7-3) 1 0 1 0 1 3
 Crunch (19- 21-9-2) 2 0 0 0 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Scott (1), McCarron (15) Game-deciding goal: McCarron
  • SYR:  Walcott (2), DeAngelo (5)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 14-11-3
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (L) 8-9-6
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Michael McCarron  STJ
  2. Anthony DeAngelo  SYR
  3. John Scott  STJ

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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

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-3

AMERICANS
Rochester

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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

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RECAP | IceCaps vs. Senators: Feisty Sens Surprise Tired ‘Caps

Saturday December 5, 2015 
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-4

SENATORS
Binghamton

Charles Hudon (Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
McNally – Dumont – Fournier
Miceli – MacMillan – Gregoire
Pither – Neilson [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Tokarski
Pasquale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Tim Bozon, Michael Bournival (concussion), Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

Sometimes the games that you are ‘supposed’ to win are the hardest to play.

Fans of the Montreal Canadiens organization divided their attention between the IceCaps and the Habs on Saturday night. The Canadiens were in North Carolina to face the last place team in the Eastern conference of the NHL. They came out on the wrong end of a 3-2 final in Raleigh.

St. John’s was in Binghamton to wrap up their road trip against the Senators, winners of just five games coming into this night. Marc MacMillan opened the scoring just four minutes into the game.  Matt Puempel replied quickly for the Senators.

The Sens started the game with a bit of a chip on their shoulders and were ornery throughout. Just over eight minutes in Jeremy Gregoire tangled with Max McCormick. It was an extended tilt with a flurry of blows. The IceCaps bench took note of McCormick getting in an extra punch to the head while Gregoire was on the ice.

Just two minutes later Mike McCarron put down Nick Tuzzolino with a single solid punch. Tuzzolino left the ice for repairs in the dressing room. The fight was over so quickly that the two were given minors for roughing.

The IceCaps failed to develop any momentum after their first goal. Similarly the one-sided fight did nothing to spark the lethargic offense. And the Senators, who haven’t been in many games this season, seized the chance for a rare win.

The backbreaker for the IceCaps was a Senators goal by Ryan Dzingel with just 85 seconds left in the second period.

The IceCaps are really feeling the impact of injuries and call-ups at this point of the season. They have become a one line offense of Mike McCarron, Charles Hudon and Bud Holloway. While having great season in their own right, McCarron and Hudon play different games and have shown little chemistry playing together.

The IceCaps will return to St. John’s on Sunday with a four game home-stand on the schedule starting on Friday against the Rochester Americans..

▲     Mark MacMillan, Brett Lernout, Jarred Tinordi, Darren Dietz, Mike McCarron

▼     Mark Barberio, Gabriel Dumont, Angelo Miceli

 Statistics 
ICECAPS SENATORS
 28 Shots 30
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 2
26 Penalty Minutes 28
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-6-4-2) 1 0 0 1
 Senators (6-13-2-0) 1 1 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  MacMillan (2)
  • BNG:  Puempel (6), Dzingel (6), McCormick (5), Puempel (7)
  • STJ: Tokarski (L) 3-2-1-0
  • BNG: O’Connor (W) 6-5-2-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Matt O’Connor  STJ
  2. Ryan Dzingel   STJ
  3. Max McCormick  UTI

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “We know what kind of team that they have. In this building they like to play aggressive.”
  • “I’m really proud of what my guys accomplished on this trip.”
  • “We came up short tonight but the winning goal at the end of the second period hurt us, big time, because we were playing good up until that point.”
  • “The last four or five games we have played with seven defencemen so the forwards are tired right now especially guys like Dumont, McCarron, Hudon. I’ve played those guys a lot.”
  • “It’s good to see our guys producing and bringing something to the big club.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Dustin Tokarski

Audio from interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for IceCaps Hockey Report | Rocket Sports Media.

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Recap – IceCaps vs Bears: Character Win, IceCaps Head Home [AUDIO]

Saturday November 7, 2015 
Giant Center, Hershey, PA.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

4-3

BEARS
Hershey

Gabriel Dumont (JustSports Photography)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Carr – McCarron – Holloway
Hudon – De la Rose – Andrighetto
McNally – Dumont – Thomas
Gregoire – Eisenschmid – Neilson[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Pateryn
Ellis – Dietz
Bennett – Lernout[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Ryan Johnston (hernia), Joel Hanley, Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Connor Crisp, Tim Bozon (shoulder), Dalton Thrower, Stefan Fournier
Injured reserve:

Game Report

St. John’s came into this game needing a win. They had lost four of the five previous games on this six-day road trip through Pennsylvania. Despite playing well for the majority of games, the IceCaps were having difficulty mustering a consistent effort for 60 minutes.

Saturday night’s game didn’t start well.

Just over two minutes in, Bears centre Carter Camper carried the puck into the St. John’s zone then found the trailer, Stanislev Galiev, who wristed a shot past Zach Fucale.

A short time later, Gabriel Dumont took the first of his two minor penalties. The early goal and a power-play provided momentum for Hershey who led 9-3 in shots before the halfway mark of the period.

Hershey centre Sean Collins out-muscled Sven Andrighetto for the puck chipping it ahead to send Galiev on a breakaway. The former Saint John Sea Dogs forward put it high over Fucale for his second goal of the period. Hershey led 2-0.

Just over a minute later, with Erik Neilson off for boarding, IceCaps penalty-killer Mile McCarron grabbed the puck in his own zone and skated an end-to-end rush. McCarron went around the Bears defenseman and fired a shot past goaltender Justin Peters.

The puck went in and out quickly seeming to bulge the twine on the inside of the post. McCarron celebrated with his arms outstretched but play continued. With just a single referee in the game, Pierre Lambert wasn’t in an ideal position to make the call but signaled no goal.

Hershey carried the puck into the IceCaps zone. Collins redirected Camper’s shot past Fucale and it was 3-0.

At the stoppage, coach Sylvain Lefebvre requested a review. Referee Lambert informed the IceCaps that there was technical problem with the video equipment. There would be no review.

The officials were aware of the problem. The system failure required a reboot and the referee decided to proceed with the game rather than cause a stop in play. With the extended delay during the discussions, the system was rebooted but too late to review the McCarron goal.

The decision by the referee caused a two goal swing. Rather than a 2-1 game, it was 3-0 with 5:07 remaining in the first period.

Shots on goal were 16-9 for the Bears after one period of play. The IceCaps regrouped in the intermission.

Zach Fucale made a big glove just moments into the second period. St. John’s came out a very determined bunch. Brett Lernout scored his first goal as a pro with a blast from the point to put the IceCaps on the board.

At 13:38 of the second, Morgan Ellis’ point shot beat Peters top-shelf and it was a one-goal game. Assists went to McCarron and Daniel Carr.

Shots on goal in the second period were 15-11 for the IceCaps.

St. John’s continued their pace in the third period holding a shot advantage. With 2:56 left, Daniel Carr willed the puck into the net banging a Peter’s rebound across the line following a shot from Mac Bennett. The IceCaps had tied it 3-3.

After an exciting, scoreless 3-on-3 overtime, the teams went on to a shootout. Gabriel Dumont got the game-deciding goal and Fucale made a final save on Collins for the victory.

It truly was a character win for the IceCaps.

The team will fly out of Philadelphia on Sunday heading back to St. John’s. The IceCaps will have a few days of practice to prepare for a four-game homestand starting with two-game series against the Toronto Marlies next weekend.

▲     Daniel Carr, Mike McCarron, Brett Lernout, Zach Fucale, Morgan Ellis

▼      Mark Barberio, Sven Andrighetto, Charles Hudon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS BEARS
 38 Shots 38
0 for 2 Power Play 0 for 3
10 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (7-3-1-1) 0 2 1 0 1 4
 Bears (4-3-o-1) 3 0 0 0 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Lernout (1), Ellis (2), Carr (5)
  • HER:  Galiev (2), Galiev (3), Collins (2)
  • STJ: Fucale (W)  5-2-0
  • HER: Peters (L)  3-1-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Stanislav Galiev  HER
  2. Carter Camper  HER
  3. Daniel Carr  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “I’m really proud of my team, the adversity that we faced in the first period. It was a two goal swing there with that goal disallowed. It was kinda a weird thing and I’m proud of the way they reacted. To come up with the win like that at the end of the road trip, to me it was the TSN turning point.”
  • “Sometimes when a team is struggling a little bit, we had one win in the last four games, sometimes you need a spark somewhere, you need a turning point and I think that was it.”
  • “The one that that we mentioned is that we can’t let that get to us. We have to use that to motivate ourselves and get back in the game.”
  • “I didn’t watch (the 3-on-3 overtime.) I just sent the players out and I didn’t want to watch. Sometimes you get caught out there for a long shift and even though we had a 2-on-1 the two guys looked liked they were in wheelchairs, they were so tired.”
  • “All-in-all, the effort that the guys gave out was something to be proud of.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Eric Neilson

Audio from interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for IceCaps Hockey Report | Rocket Sports Media.

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IceCaps Hockey Report Interviews Canadiens Prospect Brett Lernout [VIDEO]

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

Brett Lernout (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

ALLENTOWN, PA. — The Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps are currently on a six-game road trip through Pennsylvania. The IceCaps split their two-game series with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and dropped a game on the weekend to the Hershey Bears. You can read full reports for each game here.

The IceCaps Hockey Report | All Habs Hockey Magazine team was onsite in Wilkes-Barre as the IceCaps practiced ahead of their games on Wednesday and Friday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Following practice, IceCaps defenceman Brett Lernout kindly spent a few minutes with our video producer, Amy Johnson.

The interview is below.

(Our apologies to Brett for the camera frame at the beginning of the interview. He’s rather tall!)