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RECAP | Marlies – IceCaps: Another Tally for the Win Column

Saturday February 13, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

3-1

MARLIES
Toronto

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Mac Bennett, Shane Bakker, Jeremy Gregoire, Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

After winning back-to-back games against the Syracuse Crunch earlier in the week, the IceCaps hit home ice on Saturday night to take on the Toronto Marlies and continue their win streak.

The Marlies struck early, popping in an awkward goal past Zach Fucale just three minutes after the opening faceoff.  But the penalty bug hit the St. John’s team early, and they would rack up three minor penalties in the opening period alone.

Bud Holloway was the key player on the ice for the home team on this night. Time and again he set up fellow linemates with perfect passes, earning two assists – one on Max Friberg’s goal and one on Charles Hudon’s goal – before potting an empty-netter of his own at the end of the game to seal a victory for the IceCaps.

Michael McCarron is also getting back to the points game, earning two assists of his own during this game and providing strong skill on faceoffs.  Fucale stood tall after that first goal and seemed to gain confidence as the game wore on.  Gabriel Dumont disappeared from the bench early in the third period and did not return.  It was John Scott’s first game back in the lineup after participating in the NHL All-Star game and taking some personal time for the birth of his twins.

The IceCaps welcome the Marlies back to Mile One Centre tomorrow for a rematch before heading out on their next road trip.

▲     Bud Holloway, Zach Fucale, Michael McCarron

▼     Mark MacMillan

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 22 Shots 33
1 for 2 Power Play 0 for 5
10 Penalty Minutes 4
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (22-18-7-3) 0 1 2 3
 Marlies (37-9-4-0) 1 0 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Friberg (8), Hudon (16), Holloway (14)
  • TOR:  Campbell (9)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 13-11-3
  • TOR: Bibeau (L) 17-5-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Bud Holloway  STJ
  2. Zach Fucale  STJ
  3. Nikita Soshnikov  TOR

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RECAP | Crunch – IceCaps: Not Just a Win, A Shutout

Tuesday February 9, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

4-0

CRUNCH
Syracuse

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Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

Game Report

The IceCaps needed a win. They came into tonight’s game having lost their last five consecutive matchups, and only having won three of their last 14 games.  Something needed to change before desperation set in.

It didn’t bode well when St. John’s took a high sticking penalty just 30 seconds into the opening frame. Syracuse, fortunately, didn’t convert their power play opportunity.  Nikita Scherbak potted his fourth of the season to open the scoring, a power play tally assisted by Gabriel Dumont and Bud Holloway.

Zach Fucale had a strong game throughout the night, making a couple of highlight reel saves to keep the Crunch at bay.  In the second period, Michael McCarron snapped his 17-game goalless streak with a power play goal of his own, assisted by Morgan Ellis and Holloway.

Discipline was key for the IceCaps, as they maintained their composure and only took three penalties total.  Despite the fact that it took almost 17 minutes for the IceCaps to get a shot on goal in the third period, Ellis would make it count and blasted one in from the faceoff circle. Dumont potted an empty-netter to shut the door completely at the end of regulation.  It marked Fucale’s first professional shutout.

The IceCaps face the Crunch once again on Tuesday night at Mile One Centre.

▲     Bud Holloway, Zach Fucale, Nikita Scherbak, Morgan Ellis, Michael McCarron

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 21 Shots 39
2 for 3 Power Play 0 for 2
6 Penalty Minutes 6
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (20-18-7-3) 1 1 2 4
 Crunch (19-20-8-1) 0 0 0 0
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Scherbak (4), McCarron (14), Ellis (11), Dumont (14)
  • SYR:
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 11-11-3
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (L) 8-9-4
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Zach Fucale   STJ
  2. Gabriel Dumont   STJ
  3. Bud Holloway   STJ

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RECAP | Comets – IceCaps: Road Woes Continue at Home

Friday February 5, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-5

COMETS
Utica

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

Game Report

After enjoying some time off for the AHL All-Star break, the IceCaps found themselves back on home ice Friday night ready to get back to hockey and finding their way into the win column.  The Utica Comets came to town, however, looking to upset those plans.

Despite General Manager Marc Bergevin being on hand to watch his farm team, the IceCaps fell flat right out of the gate.  Within the first five minutes of the game, Zach Fucale allowed three goals on just four shots. Two of them were exceptionally soft, and the third was a defensive breakdown leaving Hunter Shinkaruk all alone in front of the net.  That earned Fucale a spot on the bench as Eddie Pasquale came in to relieve him.

Bud Holloway gave the home team some hope late in the period when he potted a power play goal, with assists from Charles Hudon and Morgan Ellis.  The good feelings didn’t last long, however, when Carter Bancks scored to give the Comets their three-goal lead back.

Utica continued its offensive assault in the third period, and although Jacob de la Rose netted his third goal of the year late in the period, the final score once again reflected a comeback mountain too steep to climb.

Victor Bartley returned to the lineup tonight after suffering an injury in his first game with St. John’s a couple of weeks ago.  In addition, Alexandre Ranger debuted for the IceCaps tonight after being signed to a PTO by the team this week.  The IceCaps return to the ice Saturday night for a rematch with the Utica Comets.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Bud Holloway, Morgan Ellis

▼     Gabriel Dumont, Zach Fucale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 42 Shots 32
2 for 9 Power Play 0 for 4
23 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (19-18-6-3) 1 0 1 2
 Comets (21-17-3-3) 3 1 1 5
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Holloway (13), de la Rose (3)
  • UTI:  Hamilton (5), LaBate (4), Shinkaruk (18), Bancks (7), Hamilton (6)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 10-11-3
  • UTI: Bachman (W) 9-7-3
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Richard Bachman   UTI
  2. Wacey Hamilton   UTI
  3. Carter Bancks  UTI

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Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

 

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RECAP | IceCaps – Pirates: Suffering a Season Sweep

Friday January 29, 2016 
Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, ME

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-4

PORTLAND
Pirates

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – Scherbak – Andrighetto
Lessio – McCarron – Holloway
Bournival – De la Rose – Dumont
MacMillan – Eisenschmid – Friberg [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: John Scott, Josiah Didier, Jeremy Gregoire, Victor Bartley (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

The Portland Pirates certainly can boast that they have the IceCaps’ number.  They closed out the season series with a sweep against St. John’s. And each game seemed to unfold with a high number of goals against the IceCaps.

The visitors came out a little stronger than they had been on Wednesday night, but still without the right formula to solve goaltender Mike McKenna.  To make matters worse, Markus Eisenschmid took a big hit early in the first period and went off the ice accompanied by the trainer. He did not return to the game.

Bud Holloway returned to the lineup after missing a couple of weeks with injury. He made his mark in the second period by potting a power play goal to tie the game.

But in the third period, yet again, the Pirates ramped things up and Rocco Grimaldi scored a pair of goals along with one by Rob Schremp.  Mark MacMillan snuck one past McKenna with just two seconds left in the game but it was too little too late.

The IceCaps head right to Hartford for a Saturday night matchup against the Wolf Pack to finish out the road trip. Morgan Ellis and Michael McCarron will then head to Syracuse to take part in the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic.

▲     Bud Holloway

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PIRATES
 29 Shots 35
1 for 5 Power Play 1 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (19-16-6-3) 0 1 0 1
 Pirates (26-15-1-0) 1 0 3 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Holloway (12)
  • POR:  Gaunce (2), Grimaldi (8), Schremp (17), Grimaldi (9)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 6-4-2
  • POR: McKenna (W) 21-8-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Rocco Grimaldi   POR
  2. Mike McKenna  POR
  3. Rob Schremp  POR

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RECAP | Pirates – IceCaps: Tough Start to Home Stand

Friday January 8, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-5

PORTLAND
Pirates

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Max Friberg, Eric Neilson, Dalton Thrower, Tim Bozon (undisclosed), Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

After returning to St. John’s from a five-game road trip, the IceCaps had most of the week to prepare for the start of their next home stand with the Portland Pirates coming into town.  But the team that skated onto the Mile One Centre ice Friday night looked like they were tired.  Play moved slowly for St. John’s and they consistently looked unorganized and sloppy.

The Pirates pressed hard in the opening period, getting 20 shots on Zach Fucale with just six shots coming back their way from St. John’s.  Fucale mostly held his own throughout the night, receiving little to no support from the team in front of him.

The IceCaps allowed members of the Pirates to have banner nights: Brent Regner tallied three assists, while Rob Schremp racked up a goal and two assists.

Bud Holloway potted the only goal for the home team on a power play in the second period, assisted by Morgan Ellis and Lucas Lessio.

In roster news, Dustin Tokarski was traded to Anaheim in exchange for Swedish forward Max Friberg.  Friberg is expected to play in St. John’s Saturday night, when the IceCaps take on Portland once again to finish out the back-to-back series.

▲     Zach Fucale, Markus Eisenchmid

▼     Joel Hanley

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 30 Shots 38
1 for 3 Power Play 2 for 4
18 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (16-10-5-3) 0 1 0 1
 Pirates (19-13-1-0) 2 1 2 5
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Holloway (9)
  • POR:  McFarland (12), Schremp (14), McKegg (6), Brickley (2), Olson (6)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 8-6-2
  • POR: McKenna (W) 15-7-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Rob Schremp   POR
  2. Brent Regner   POR
  3. Greg McKegg  POR

 Video highlights
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RECAP | IceCaps – Marlies: Pressure Pays Off

Sunday December 27, 2015 
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

5-4

MARLIES
Toronto

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

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:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

The IceCaps got right back to work this afternoon with another matinee matchup against the Toronto Marlies.  After spending the first few minutes of the game with both teams testing each other out, action started to pick up when the IceCaps drew the game’s first power play.  Pasquale’s best save of the period came with just under 7 minutes left in the period as Viktor Loov curled around in the zone, found some empty space and wired a shot but Pasquale flashed the leather. Just over a minute and a half later, Zach Hyman opened the scoring for the Marlies as he tapped in a loose puck at the goal mouth. As the period wound down, Bournival scored a power play goal to tie the game, his first of the season, with assists from Gabriel Dumont and Darren Dietz.

The IceCaps started the second period by killing off the remainder of a Mac Bennett penalty he took at the end of the first period.  After the Marlies went up by a goal once again, the IceCaps really started to pick up the physical play.

With 12 minutes left in the second period, the IceCaps only had 2 shots on goal and the Marlies had made it 3-1 on a goal from Justin Holl off the ensuing faceoff. Under a minute later, Charles Hudon fed Bud Holloway who sent a beautiful saucer pass over to Joel Hanley who pushed the puck past Ray Emery.

Early in the final frame, Bud Holloway tied things up at 3-3.  The IceCaps came out this period far more engaged, looking like the momentum they had at the end of the previous period had carried over. Jacob de la Rose potted his second goal of the season to give the IceCaps their first lead of the game.

The Marlies applied pressure throughout the third, looking to even things up on the scoreboard but Eddie Pasquale and the St. John’s defense were clicking.  After a Toronto timeout with just under two minutes remaining, the Marlies tied things up off a point shot from Rinat Valiev.  The IceCaps didn’t give up and 50 seconds later Gabriel Dumont managed to squeak a shot through Emery to make it 5-4 for the visiting team and seal the comeback victory.

Earlier in the day Tim Bozon, Angelo Miceli, and Dalton Thrower were sent down to the Brampton Beast.  During the game, the news came out that Mark Barberio had been recalled to the Montreal Canadiens. The IceCaps continue their road trip on Wednesday night with a game against the Rochester Amerks to be played in Buffalo’s First Niagara Center.

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Lucas Lessio, Gabriel Dumont, Bud Holloway, Michael Bournival, Michael McCarron

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 31 Shots 26
1 for 2 Power Play 0 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 4
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (15-8-5-2) 1 1 3 5
 Marlies (24-6-2-0) 1 2 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Bournival (1), Hanley (3), Holloway (8), De La Rose (2), Dumont (7)
  • TOR:  Hyman (6), Leipsic (8), Holl (2), Valiev (3)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 5-1-2
  • TOR: Emery (L) 2-2-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Gabriel Dumont  STJ
  2. Brendan Leipsic  TOR
  3. Bud Holloway  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “(Need to improve) the execution, reads, the better choice of plays. Sometimes tonight we forced plays a little too much.”
  • “We skated yesterday. You know the first period I thought we came out pretty good, then the second period we seemed to be flat.”

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RECAP | IceCaps – Marlies: Sweeping Toronto With Style

Sunday November 29, 2015 
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

5-1

MARLIES
Toronto

(Photo by Graig Abel)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Darren Dietz, Mark Barberio (undisclosed), 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

The IceCaps and Marlies got off to a really eventful first period in the second game of their back-to-back.  Zach Hyman took an early penalty for closing his hand on the puck, allowing Morgan Ellis to give his team a 1-0 lead on the power play.  Penalties ran high in this game, and about halfway through the first period the IceCaps found themselves with a 5-on-3.  Daniel Carr fanned on an open net, but then took the puck around behind and slotted it past Bibeau to extend the lead.

Frustrations started showing for the Marlies as Rich Clune started throwing punches at Gabriel Dumont, for which Brett Lernout stepped in to defend. Clune and Lernout each earned a minor penalty and a ten minute misconduct, while Clune also picked up an extra five for fighting.  Charles Hudon fired a shot at Bibeau during a subsequent 4-on-4, which Bud Holloway buried on the rebound.

The third period started with the IceCaps on another 5-on-3, the 5 on 3 which didn’t last long as Hudon sniped home his 10th of the season. Mark MacMillan ripped one over Bibeau’s shoulder to nab his first goal and give St. John’s a 5-1 lead. Shortly after MacMillan’s goal, Rich Clune and Dalton Thrower dropped the gloves in a very spirted tilt that ended in a draw.

Zach Fucale’s 37 saves backstopped the IceCaps to a huge 5-1 win over the Marlies at Ricoh today for a weekend sweep of Toronto.

Game notes by Chris Hatzitolios

▲     Daniel Carr, Charles Hudon, Morgan Ellis, Mark MacMillan, Bud Holloway

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 30 Shots 38
3 for 9 Power Play 1 for 5
29 Penalty Minutes 48
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (11-5-3-2) 3 0 2 5
 Marlies (15-5-1-0) 0 1 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Ellis (6), Carr (8), Holloway (6), Hudon (10), MacMillan (1)
  • TOR:  Brennan (8)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 7-2-2
  • TOR: Bibeau (L) 6-3-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Bud Holloway   STJ
  2. Morgan Ellis   STJ
  3. Charles Hudon   STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “We didn’t spend too much time in our zone, there was maybe one or two shifts where we spent a little too much time there.”
  • “I’m really hapy, I’m thrilled, when you start the weekend like this with 3 in 3, if you can take that many points, I mean, you will take them for sure.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Gabriel Dumont

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IceCaps Hockey Report Interviews Habs Prospect Bud Holloway [VIDEO]

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

Bud Holloway (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

WILKES-BARRE, PA. — IceCaps Hockey Report, sister publication to All Habs Hockey Magazine, had an opportunity to interview St. John’s IceCaps leading scorer Bud Holloway. The interview was conducted during a six-game road trip to Pennsylvania. You can read full reports for each game here.

The interview is below.

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Recap – Marlies vs IceCaps: IceCaps Score 8, Fall to Marlies in OT

Saturday November 14, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

8-9

MARLIES
Toronto

Mike McCarron (Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Carr – McCarron – Thomas
Andrighetto – Hudon – Holloway
McNally – Dumont – Gregoire
MacMillan – Miceli – Fournier[/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

Game Report

Looking at the game sheet, you would be excused if you came to the conclusion that the AHL was testing new, larger nets at Mile One on Saturday night. Both starting goaltenders, Zach Fucale and Toronto’s Antoine Bibeau gave up eight goals. In Fucale’s case, three-quarters of the goals allowed could be categorized as soft or very soft.

After allowing his eighth goal, fourth of the third period, Fucale was lifted in favour of Eddie Pasquale. In a quirk of the scoring rules, despite making seven of eight stops, Pasquale was charged with the loss.

The IceCaps scored five goals in the second period and had an 8-4 lead with 19 minutes left in the third period. But the Marlies showed resilience, taking advantage of some shaky goaltending.

On the positive side was the night of Mike McCarron. The rookie centre set an IceCaps franchise record with two goals and three assists for five points. Defenceman Morgan Ellis has a solid game with two goals and an assist on four shots.

In 16 games, the IceCaps have now given up 59 goals which is tops in the league. Allowing 3.69 goals per game is not a recipe for success.

 

The IceCaps will have the week to work on team defense before a two-game series against the Syracuse Crunch at Mile One Centre.

▲     Michael McCarron, Morgan Ellis, Bud Holloway, Charles Hudon

▼     Zach Fucale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 37 Shots 39
1 for 4 Power Play 2 for 5
10 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (8-5-2-1) 1 5 2 0 8
 Marlies (11-3-1-0) 3 1 4 1 9
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (6), McCarron (7), Ellis (3), Thomas (7), Ellis (4), Holloway (5), McCarron (8), Hudon (7)
  • TOR:  Brennan (6), Arcobello (5), Soshnikov (5), Hyman (2), Arcobello (6), Leivo (4), Leivo (5), Carrick (2)
  • STJ: Fucale (L)  6-2-0, Pasquale
  •  TOR: Bibeau, Sparks (W)  6-2-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Michael McCarron  STJ
  2. Josh Leivo  TOR
  3. Sam Carrick  TOR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available for this game.

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Recap – Marlies vs IceCaps: Thomas Wins It in Overtime

Friday November 13, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

3-2

MARLIES
Toronto

Christian Thomas (Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Carr – McCarron – Holloway
Hudon – Dumont – Andrighetto
Scherbak – Eisenschmid – Thomas
McNally – Gregoire – Fournier[/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed injury), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

It was the first game for the IceCaps following their six-game road trip that ended last Saturday in Hershey with an exciting comeback win. The week had been spent practicing to prepare for the homestand as well as attend to some of the problems that cropped up while in Pennsylvania. The opponents were the arch-rival Toronto Marlies for the first of 12 games this season.

St. John’s was welcoming Nikita Scherbak back to the lineup after he missed the entire rad trip with a lower-body injury. Unfortunately for the rookie forward, the return would be short-lived. With seven minutes left in the first period, the Marlies’ Viktor Loov delivered a solid shoulder check into the chest of Scherbak as he was coming out of the IceCaps zone. Scherbak missed the rest of the first period, took one shift in the second and wasn’t seen on the ice after that.

The first period ended with no scoring after an entertaining period. It was a great playoff-like atmosphere at the Mile One Centre with an equal mix of Marlies – IceCaps fans. A “Go Leafs Go” chant was loudly heard throughout the night.

St. John’s also lost the service of Markus Eisenschmid as he was on the wrong end of a big hit.  The short bench led to some line juggling as the game went on.

Perhaps suffering a little in the second period from being down to three lines, the Marlies dominated outshooting the IceCaps 16-7. Yet it was St John’s who got the only goal of the second period to take a 1-0 lead. Charles Hudon stretched out to redirect a Bud Holloway shot.  Hudon looked to the rafters after picking up his fifth goal of the season indicative of his relief following a less than stellar performance on the road trip.

The IceCaps dodged a bullet when Nikita Soshnikov blew past Hudon and Mark Barberio only to be thwarted by the pad of Fucale. St. John’s then took a 2-0 lead on a great individual effort from Darren Dietz.

Zach Fucale had a solid game particularly in the second frame making 16 saves but a mistake in the third with 11:13 remaining put the Leafs on the board. Casey Bailey scored into the wide open cage as Fucale had taken himself out of the play, overplaying the puck and sliding well beyond the crease behind the goal line.

The goal gave a boost to the Marlies who ramped up the pressure in the period. Christian Thomas took a bad offensive zone penalty for tripping. It took just 18 seconds for Mark Arcobello to score on the power-play going high glove hand on Fucale. The two teams did not add to their totals ending the third period in a 2-2 tie.

In overtime, Thomas atoned for his costly penalty by rifling a shot from the faceoff dot blocker side on Garret Sparks. Fucale picked up an assist as he banked a pass off the boards to Thomas.

It was the second straight win for the IceCaps in extra time. After giving up a two-goal third period lead, it was also another character test passed successfully for the young team.

The same teams play again on Saturday at Mile One to complete the two-game series.

▲     Zach Fucale, Morgan Ellis, Bud Holloway, Sven Andrighetto, Darren Dietz

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 29 Shots 38
1 for 2 Power Play 1 for 3
13 Penalty Minutes 11
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (8-5-1-1) 0 1 1 1 3
 Marlies (10-3-1-0) 0 0 2 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (5), Dietz (3), Thomas (6)
  • TOR:  Bailey (2), Arcobello (4)
  • STJ: Fucale (W)  6-2-0
  •  TOR: Sparks (L)  5-2-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Zachary Fucale  STJ
  2. Christian Thomas  STJ
  3. Victor Loov  TOR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “It was geography. It was playing them 36 times in three years, and that’s not counting the times they played each other before I was there. It’s because they’re division rivals, big-club rivals.”

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