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RECAP | IceCaps – Comets: A Fiesty Bout in Utica

Friday February 26, 2016 
Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-4

COMETS
Utica

(Photo courtesy Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

Game Report

It’s a story IceCaps fans are quite familiar with at this point: St. John’s gives up a goal early in the first period, then another.  They take too many penalties, the power play can’t convert, and they finally turn on the jets in the third period when it’s too late to make a comeback.  And it’s a story we have to tell again after tonight’s game.

It only took two and a half minutes for the opposition to score on the IceCaps this time.  Soon after, John Scott got into his first full fight as an IceCap and things went downhill from there.  Mark MacMillan got called for a high-sticking double minor at the end of the first period, giving the Comets about three minutes of power play time to open the second period.

Former Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust earned two points on the evening for two consecutive assists.  Jeremy Gregoire also dropped the gloves, as did Charles Hudon – with Malcolm Subban.

A few minutes into the third period, Bud Holloway found the back of the net on the power play.  Nikita Scherbak and Morgan Ellis assisted on the goal.  The IceCaps scrambled and pressured the Comets throughout the rest of the third but goaltender Richard Bachman stood tall and didn’t allow any more pucks to get through.

Captain Gabriel Dumont returned to the IceCaps lineup for this game.  Mac Bennett was recalled from the Brampton Beast before the game, while Ellis and Michael McCarron were called up to the Montreal Canadiens immediately following the game.

The Icecaps finish up their road trip with a rematch in Syracuse with the Crunch Saturday night.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Michael McCarron, Max Friberg, Bud Holloway

▼     Angelo Miceli, John Scott, Zach Fucale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 29 Shots 29
1 for 4 Power Play 0 for 4
27 Penalty Minutes 25
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (23-23-7-3) 0 0 1 1
 Comets (26-18-5-3) 1 2 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Holloway (16)
  • UTI:  Zalewski (13), Hamilton (7), Bancks (9), Higgins (3)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 14-14-3
  • UTI: Bachman (W) 11-8-4
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Richard Bachman  UTI
  2. Carter Bancks  UTI
  3. Brandon Prust  UTI

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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: Celebrating Back-to-Back Wins

Wednesday February 10, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

4-3

CRUNCH
Syracuse

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

Game Report

The Syracuse Crunch were hungry for payback. They had failed to score a goal in the previous night’s game against the IceCaps, and the St. John’s team wanted to keep them down.  Victor Bartley got things going for the hometown fans at Mile One Centre early in the first period with his first goal of the season, coming to him on the power play.

Then things got really testy on the ice.  A six-player fight broke out, with Michael McCarron, Darren Dietz, and Gabriel Dumont all throwing off the gloves and taking a Crunch player to task.  The IceCaps managed to get a man advantage out of the scrap, and Mark MacMillan capitalized on the power play.

But before the first period could come to an end, Syracuse managed to even the score.  Zach Fucale had to stand tall throughout the second period as he faced more than twice the shots then his opponent at the other end of the ice.  Shane Bakker was ejected from the game on a match penalty for boarding, and things were not looking good for the IceCaps.

Nikita Scherbak, however, did not give up and tallied another power play goal in the third period to knot the score at three-aside.  He, Dumont, and Morgan Ellis would be selected to start the overtime period that followed.  Charles Hudon sped up the ice on a breakaway and fired the puck from the slot to put a stamp on the game and give the IceCaps another win.

Jacob de la Rose was recalled by the Montreal Canadiens prior to the game starting.  The IceCaps return to the ice on Saturday to take on the Toronto Marlies.

▲     Zach Fucale, Nikita Scherbak, Morgan Ellis

▼     Shane Bakker, Angelo Miceli

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 19 Shots 39
3 for 5 Power Play 1 for 3
39 Penalty Minutes 30
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (21-18-7-3) 2 0 1 1 4
 Crunch (19-20-9-1) 2 1 0 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Bartley (1), MacMillan (6), Scherbak (5), Hudon (15)
  • SYR: Koekkoek (4), Blujus (4), Yogan (3)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 12-11-3
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (L) 8-9-5
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Charles Hudon   STJ
  2. Zach Fucale   STJ
  3. Slater Koekkoek   SYR

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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

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

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: Strong Showing Ends In OT Loss

Saturday February 6, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-3

COMETS
Utica

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

A very different-looking IceCaps team took the ice in St. John’s on Saturday night. Different not only because Michael McCarron was moved to right wing, Jacob de la Rose to the left wing, and Nikita Scherbak still at center, but also because the team came out with a surge of energy and intensity not recently seen.

McCarron was obviously simmering as he took a boarding penalty just over 30 seconds into the game.  Newcomer Shane Bakker then dropped the gloves and put a definitive stamp on his debut with the club.  De la Rose had something to prove as well, and scored the opening goal assisted by Gabriel Dumont and McCarron.

Less than a minute before the end of the period, the Comets tied things up on a power play.  The second period was played very tightly, with no goals added to the scoreboard, but plenty of penalties on both sides.

That carried over into the third period until Dumont potted a goal of his own, allowing the IceCaps to regain their one-goal lead.  Through a series of penalties, the home team struggled to maintain control of the game but the Comets managed to tie things up once again as the final minutes of the game wound down.  It took just five seconds in overtime for Brendan Gaunce to seal the win for Utica.

The IceCaps return to the ice Tuesday night to take on the Syracuse Crunch when they visit St. John’s.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Jacob de la Rose, Gabriel Dumont

▼     Victor Bartley

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 34 Shots 29
0 for 4 Power Play 1 for 6
19 Penalty Minutes 15
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (19-18-7-3) 1 0 1 0 2
 Comets (22-17-3-3) 1 0 1 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  de la Rose (4), Dumont (13)
  • UTI:  Landry (5), Gaunce (11), Gaunce (12)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 6-4-3
  • UTI: Cannata (W) 12-9-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Brendan Gaunce   UTI
  2. Gabriel Dumont   STJ
  3. Jon Landry  UTI

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RECAP | IceCaps – Wolf Pack: Still Searching For a Solution

Saturday January 30, 2016 
XL Center, Hartford, CT

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-4

HARTFORD
Wolf Pack

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Andrighetto
Lessio – Scherbak – Holloway
de la Rose – Dumont – Friberg
MacMillan – Gregoire [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Michael Bournival, John Scott, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Victor Bartley (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

The slide continues for the St. John’s IceCaps. Coach Sylvain Lefebvre moved his lines around again, pushing Michael McCarron back to the first line, dropping Nikita Scherbak down to the second line. Gabriel Dumont moved back to center on the third line, putting Jacob de la Rose on the left wing.  Lefebvre also chose to roll seven defensemen tonight.

The new look still failed to produce results.  It only took about five minutes for the Wolf Pack to put the first goal on the scoreboard.  Despite the first period continuing fairly quietly, things started to break down in the second frame.  Josiah Didier took a couple of penalties, including a fighting major, and McCarron took consecutive penalties for cross-checking and unsportsmanlike conduct.  Hartford tallied two more goals during the period, one of which came on the power play from McCarron’s second penalty.

Charles Hudon gave the IceCaps some hope by potting a wrister to start the third period, but the comeback hill was too steep to climb.  This was the third consecutive loss for the IceCaps, who now head back to St. John’s for some rest and preparation for their next opponent.

In the meantime, McCarron and Morgan Ellis head to Syracuse to take part in the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday.

The IceCaps return to Mile One Centre on Friday night when they welcome the Utica Comets for a back-to-back series.

▲     Charles Hudon, Max Friberg

▼     Michael McCarron

 Statistics 
ICECAPS WOLF PACK
 27 Shots 26
0 for 4 Power Play 1 for 4
13 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (19-17-6-3) 0 0 1 1
 Wolf Pack (23-20-2-0) 1 2 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (14)
  • HFD:  Graves (5), Nehring (14), Nehring (15), Tarnasky (10)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 10-10-3
  • HFD: Malcolm (W) 5-3-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Chad Nehring   HFD
  2. Ryan Bourque  HFD
  3. Nick Tarnasky  HFD

 Video highlights
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RECAP | IceCaps – Devils: Full Steam Ahead

Saturday January 23, 2016 
Times Union Center, Albany, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-1

DEVILS
Albany

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Lessio – McCarron – Scherbak
Andrighetto – Hudon – Eisenschmid
Bournival – Dumont – Friberg
Scott – MacMillan – Gregoire [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Mac Bennett, Victor Bartley (day-to-day), Bud Holloway (day-to-day)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (indefinite)

Game Report

While the blizzard impacting much of the eastern coast of the United States dumped massive amounts of snow just south of Albany, the IceCaps and Devils took to the ice at Times Union Center for a rematch of last night’s game.  St. John’s looked to continue their success from the previous game, and came out strong against Albany.

Eddie Pasquale and Scott Wedgewood were the two goaltenders protecting their respective nets, and they were the key to the game right off the bat.  Lucas Lessio had a couple of good chances on breakaways, but Wedgewood denied him each time.  The first line of Lessio, Michael McCarron, and Nikita Scherbak also drove hard to the net on a three-man rush, but Wedgewood stood strong against Scherbak’s shot.

Then in the second period, the IceCaps found a way past the opposing goalie.  Max Friberg slid a perfect pass over to Gabriel Dumont to get the visitors on the board.  The first line continued to impress, with multiple odd-man rushes which came close to adding to the goal tally.  Finally, on a power play, Charles Hudon and McCarron connected with Sven Andrighetto to make a 2-0 game.

Tempers flared and while there was only one actual fight, things got very tense on the ice at times.  Albany battled back, scoring a goal on the man advantage, but Pasquale and the entire team clamped down and held their lead to defeat the Devils once again.

The IceCaps next head to Portland, Maine for games against the Pirates on Wednesday and Friday before heading back to Connecticut to take on the Hartford Wolfpack on Saturday.

▲     Nikita Scherbak, Max Friberg, Lucas Lessio, Michael McCarron, Eddie Pasquale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS DEVILS
 22 Shots 33
1 for 3 Power Play 1 for 2
21 Penalty Minutes 23
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (18-14-6-3) 0  2 0 2
 Devils (23-10-6-0) 0  0  1 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (12), Andrighetto (10)
  • ALB:  Mozik (2)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 6-3-2
  • ALB: Wedgewood (L) 6-2-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  2. Gabriel Dumont  STJ
  3. Dan Kelly  ALB

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available

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RECAP | IceCaps – Sound Tigers: Out of Sync

Wednesday January 20, 2016 
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-3

SOUND TIGERS
Bridgeport

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Lessio – McCarron – Scherbak
Andrighetto – Hudon – Carr
Bournival – Dumont – Friberg
Scott – MacMillan – Eisenschmid [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Jeremy Gregoire, Bud Holloway (day-to-day)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp – undisclosed (indefinite)

Game Report

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

 Statistics 
ICECAPS SOUND TIGERS
 40 Shots 28
0 for 7 Power Play 1 for 5
12 Penalty Minutes 14
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (17-14-6-3) 1 1 0 0 2
 Sound Tigers (20-19-2-1) 1 1 0 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • 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
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  1. Taylor Beck  BRI
  2. Sven Andrighetto  STJ
  3. Andrew Rowe  BRI

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

Post-game interview with John Scott

Post-game interview with Max Friburg

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RECAP | Marlies – IceCaps: Knocking Off the League Leaders

Sunday January 17, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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6-4

MARLIES
Toronto

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Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Mac Bennett, Jeremy Gregoire, John Scott, Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

The IceCaps needed a win. They needed their goaltender to stand strong. They needed their offense to get pucks to the net. They needed their defense to keep the opponent at bay. Finally, on the sixth and last game of the St. John’s homestand, the team got what they needed.

Zach Fucale got the start this afternoon, and it looked like history might repeat itself again when Nikita Soshnikov potted the first goal less than six minutes into the game.  But this time, the IceCaps responded in force.  Morgan Ellis tied things up with a power play goal, followed by Daniel Carr who also scored on the man advantage.

The Marlies found their way to the net equally as well, though, and kept the game close. Then Markus Eisenschmid scored his first AHL goal in style: shorthanded.  Ellis found the back of the net again, this time with the help of Michael McCarron and Darren Dietz.  Lucas Lessio added to the tally and Gabriel Dumont slid in an empty netter to put the seal on Toronto.

In addition to Eisenschmid notching his first goal, Ryan Johnston earned his first pro point with a secondary assist on Carr’s goal.  John Scott participated in both the morning skate and in pre-game warmups, but did not play.

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.

▲     Sven Andrighetto, Morgan Ellis, Darren Dietz, Michael McCarron, Markus Eisenschmid, Ryan Johnston

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 35 Shots 34
2 for 4 Power Play 0 for 5
10 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (17-14-5-3) 0 2 4 6
 Marlies (31-8-2-0) 0 2 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Ellis (8), Carr (10), Eisenschmid (1), Ellis (9), Lessio (10), Dumont (11)
  • TOR:  Soshnikov (14), Bailey (4), Morin (11), Brennan (15)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 9-8-2
  • TOR: Sparks (L) 8-3-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Morgan Ellis  STJ
  2. Markus Eisenschmid  STJ
  3. Mark Arcobello  TOR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
 

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RECAP | Penguins – IceCaps: More Goals, Still Can’t Finish

Wednesday January 13, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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4-6

PENGUINS
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Bournival – McCarron – Holloway
Hudon – Dumont – Eisenschmid
Lessio – de la Rose – Friberg
Gregoire – MacMillan – Fournier[/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

Game Report

Going into tonight’s game, the IceCaps had dropped five of their last six games including three consecutive losses at home.  They needed a spark.  Newcomer Max Friberg got things started almost as quickly as Gabriel Dumont had done the previous night, scoring the first goal of the game just one minute after the opening faceoff.

St. John’s dominated the puck all night, outshooting the Penguins 40-19. Mark MacMillan and Morgan Ellis added to the IceCaps tally in the first period, heading into the locker room ahead 3-2.  Even the struggling power play unit woke up with Ellis’ goal and continued with a man-advantage goal by Bud Holloway in the second.

But each time St. John’s scored two goals, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came back and scored two of their own.  Then they kept scoring.  The IceCaps watched as their opponent mounted four unanswered goals, with a total of six goals on just 19 shots.  Zach Fucale was pulled after the sixth goal, but the damage was done.

Backchecking was non-existent, and play in the defensive zone was meager at best.  Bad turnovers, dismal coverage, and a couple of soft goals led the IceCaps to another loss and a season sweep by the Penguins.

Coach Sylvain Lefebvre has churned his line combinations in many different ways over the past few games, but it seems that something special is needed to bring the cohesive of the team back to its early-season success.  They next face the Toronto Marlies who come to St. John’s Saturday and Sunday.

▲      Max Friberg, Morgan Ellis, Jacob de la Rose, Bud Holloway

▼      Michael McCarron, Charles Hudon, Zach Fucale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PENGUINS
 40 Shots 19
2 for 6 Power Play 2 for 4
8 Penalty Minutes 12
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (16-13-5-3) 3 1 0 4
 Penguins (28-8-o-1) 2 2 2 6
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Friberg (6), MacMillan (2), Ellis (7), Holloway (10)
  • WBS:  Uher (5), Sheary (7), Marcantuoni (2), Mouillierat (7), Wilson (19), Seymour (3)
  • STJ: Fucale (L)  8-8-2
  • WBS: Jarry (W) 10-1-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Conor Sheary  WBS
  2. Derrick Pouliot  WBS
  3. Morgan Ellis  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

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