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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

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
 

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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

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
 

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