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RECAP | IceCaps – Devils: Full Steam Ahead

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

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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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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Bulldogs Drop Third Straight, Amerks Win 3-2

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The Hamilton Bulldogs dropped their third straight game to the Rochester Americans at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, on Wednesday night.  The following recap is via HamiltonBulldogs.com.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Five goals were scored in a six-minute span, but the Hamilton Bulldogs were on the wrong side of the second-period offensive spree as the ‘Dogs (2-3-2-0) fell to the Rochester Americans (5-2-0-0) 3-2 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. on Wednesday evening.

GAME SUMMARY

After a scoreless first period, the ‘Dogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second period.

First, forward T.J. Hensick fired a wrist shot off the post and in for his first as a Bulldog to get Hamilton on the board, with an assist from forward Gabriel Dumont. Less than two minutes later, forward Sven Andrighetto out-waited Rochester goaltender Andrey Makarov on a two-on-one break, then buried his fourth goal of the season, assisted by forward Christian Thomas.

Then Rochester fired back with three goals in less than four and a half minutes to go ahead 3-2 after 40 minutes.

Just 59 seconds after Andrighetto gave Hamilton a 2-0 lead, Amerks forward Mikhail Grigorenko beat Bulldogs goaltender Joey MacDonald from between the circles to get his team on the board, with an assist from forward Joel Armia. Three minutes later, Grigorenko dropped a pass back to Armia off the draw and he hammered a shot past MacDonald from the high slot to tie the game 2-2. Thirty-seven seconds later, at 12:06 of the second period, Rochester forward Luke Adam raced down the wing and put a wrister off the back crossbar to give his team the lead. His goal was assisted by forward Akim Aliu and defenceman Chad Ruhwedel.

The ‘Dogs pulled MacDonald with well over a minute remaining in the third period to push to tie, but the Amerks held on for the win.

MacDonald made 26 saves on 29 shots for the Bulldogs in the loss, while Makarov stopped 28 of 30 shots faced for the Americans in the win.

Hamilton went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Rochester was 0-for-5.

Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Game: Gabriel Dumont

The Bulldogs return to action on Friday, Oct. 31 when they’ll visit the Charlotte Checkers at Time Warner Cable Arena at 12 p.m. The ‘Dogs next home game will be on Tuesday, Nov. 4 when they’ll host the Americans at FirstOntario Centre at 10:15 a.m.