Scratches: Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Jeremy Gregoire, Bud Holloway (day-to-day) Injured reserve: Connor Crisp – undisclosed (indefinite)
It would have been understandable if the IceCaps began the game a little lethargically. It was the first game of a six-game road trip ahead of the All-Star break. The team had bused in from Boston following their flight from St. John’s. And there was a distinct lack of energy in a building where the fans numbered in the hundreds, not thousands.
But to their credit, the IceCaps came out of the gate skating. That said, it was a little like a first date: plenty of enthusiasm but not really in sync. Given all the recent changes to the roster, it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise.
The lack of chemistry showed as linemates made poor decisions in their passing choices and shot selection.
Two players made their IceCaps debuts: defenceman Victor Bartley and the now infamous John Scott, both part of the Jarred Tinordi trade. Bartley was reassigned from the parent club on Wednesday after watching from the press box. Scott was only too happy to get back on the ice after taking a barrage of questions about the All-Star weekend.
Bartley looked nervous to start but otherwise moved the puck well. His first game was cut short by an injury that occurred in the second period. Scott had a couple of hits and drew a penalty in his infrequent shifts but otherwise had an unremarkable game.
As has been the case throughout the season, IceCaps were let down by goaltending and their power-play. And the St. John’s penalty-killers allowed a goal to the worst power-play in the league.
The bottom line is that the IceCaps did not get the save that they needed with 20.1 seconds remaining in overtime.
The IceCaps now hit the road for a six-game trip before the All-Star break, beginning with a tilt against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday.
▲ Max Friburg, Ryan Johnston, Gabriel Dumont, Michael Bournival, Darren Dietz
▼ Nikita Scherbak, Zach Fucale
0 for 7
1 for 5
Sound Tigers (20-19-2-1)
STJ: Friberg (7), Andrighetto (8)
BRI: Vaive (9), Rowe (1), Beck (11)
STJ: Fucale (L) 9-8-3
BRI: Berube (W) 1-1-0
AHL Three Stars
Taylor Beck BRI
Sven Andrighetto STJ
Andrew Rowe BRI
Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre
Post-game interview with John Scott
Post-game interview with Max Friburg
Audio from interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for IceCaps Hockey Report | Rocket Sports Media.
John Scott, Max Friburg, Sylvain Lefebvre Join IceCaps Hockey Report
6’8”, 250-pound defenceman brings over 200 games of professional experience
MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs have signed defenceman Joe Finley to a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2014-2015 season.
Finley spent the 2013-2014 season with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 29 regular season games with Bridgeport, the 27-year-old recorded two assists and 50 penalty minutes.
In six seasons as a pro, Finley has participated in over 200 regular season and playoff games between the National Hockey League, AHL and ECHL. In 21 career NHL regular season games with the New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres, the 6’8”, 250-pound defenceman has notched one assist and 32 penalty minutes. In 130 career AHL regular season games with the Sound Tigers, Rochester Americans and Hershey Bears, the Edina, Minnesota native has recorded 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) and 296 penalty minutes. In 43 career ECHL regular season games with the South Carolina Stingrays, he has recorded 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and 116 penalty minutes.
Before turning pro, Finley played four seasons with the University of North Dakota in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In 154 career games with UND between 2005 and 2009, he recorded 35 points (seven goals, 28 assists) and 303 penalty minutes.
Finley was originally selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round (27th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.