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RECAP | IceCaps – Pirates: Discipline Deals a Mighty Blow

Wednesday January 27, 2016 
Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, ME

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-4

PORTLAND
Pirates

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Jeremy Gregoire, Mac Bennett, Bud Holloway (undisclosed), Victor Bartley (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

The season series against the Portland Pirates hasn’t been pretty for the IceCaps.  After dropping the first two games in St. John’s, the IceCaps needed to come into Cross Insurance Arena strong and confident.  They looked like neither of those things right from the start.

The Pirates poured on the offensive pressure early, forcing netminder Zach Fucale to be sharp early.  The puck traveled back and forth down the sheet fairly evenly throughout the first period, until MacKenzie Weeger found the back of the net to put Portland on the board.

Rocco Grimaldi gave the home team a two-goal lead early in the second, but then the IceCaps seemed to find some much-needed energy.  Lucas Lessio drove to the net hard on multiple shifts during the game and had quite a few good chances, but goaltender Mike McKenna stood tall.

Nikita Scherbak saved the IceCaps from a shutout loss by potting his third goal of the season, assisted by Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto.  Discipline came completely unraveled in this game with the IceCaps taking eight minor penalties, two of which came from John Scott.

The IceCaps return to the ice on Friday night when they take on the Portland Pirates once more in this back-to-back series.

▲     Nikita Scherbak

▼     John Scott

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PIRATES
 27 Shots 38
0 for 4 Power Play 1 for 8
21 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (19-15-6-3) 0 0 1 1
 Pirates (25-15-1-0) 1 2 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Scherbak (3)
  • POR:  Weegar (4), Grimaldi (7), McFarland (14), Olson (8)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 10-9-3
  • POR: McKenna (W) 20-8-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. John McFarland   POR
  2. Mike McKenna  POR
  3. MacKenzie Weeger  POR

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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 | Marlies – IceCaps: Knocking Off the League Leaders

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

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

6-4

MARLIES
Toronto

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

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

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RECAP | Penguins – IceCaps: Old Habits Hard to Break

Tuesday January 12, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-2

PENGUINS
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
Bournival – De la Rose – Dumont
Lessio – Eisenschmid – 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

After a dismal weekend series against the Portland Pirates, the IceCaps came out in full force for tonight’s tilt with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  Captain Gabriel Dumont made a statement 21 seconds into the game by burying the first shot on goal past Matt Murray.

The first period went mostly in St. John’s favor, with the team staying disciplined and dominating in the offensive zone.  Passes were clean, and the team skated hard.  The IceCaps outshot the Penguins 13-8 in the opening frame, but as the period wound down the Penguins started to gain some energy.

In the second period, it was all Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  Physicality picked up, with two fights and multiple hard hits, and it seemed the Penguins drained the energy out of the IceCaps.  Giving up a power play goal midway through the period compounded the home team’s frustration.

Despite having five opportunities on the man advantage the IceCaps power play unit couldn’t convert, showing continued signs of struggle.  St. John’s tried to get things back to even late in the third but it was too little, too late.  They have yet to notch a win on this homestand, and will face the Penguins again tomorrow night.

The second line of Michael Bournival, Jacob de la Rose, and Gabriel Dumont were the best on the ice tonight, creating chances and maintaining pressure.  The new third line of Lucas Lessio, Markus Eisenschmid, and Max Friberg was an interesting combination which could potentially heat up if left to build chemistry.

▲      Lucas Lessio, Zach Fucale, Jacob de la Rose

▼      Joel Hanley, Josiah Didier

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PENGUINS
 34 Shots 23
0 for 5 Power Play 1 for 3
18 Penalty Minutes 22
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (16-12-5-3) 1 0 0 1
 Penguins (27-8-o-1) 0 1 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (10)
  • WBS:  Pouliot (6), Dea (10)
  • STJ: Fucale (L)  8-7-2
  • WBS: Murray (W)  16-4-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Matt Murray  WBS
  2. Gabriel Dumont  STJ
  3. Conor Sheary  WBS

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Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

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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

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RECAP | IceCaps – Comets: Heading Home With a Win

Saturday January 2, 2016 
Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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3-1

COMETS
Utica

(Photo by Utica Comets)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Lessio – Hudon – Holloway
Bournival – De la Rose – Dumont
MacMillan – Eisenschmid – Fournier
McNally – Gregoire [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Tokarski
Fucale

Scratches: Eric Neilson, Michael McCarron (throat), Tim Bozon (undisclosed), Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

It was a must-win night for Sylvain Lefebvre’s IceCaps. After dropping the last two games to teams near the bottom of the standings, St. John’s needed to get back to winning ways before heading home – and they did it with style.

Lucas Lessio opened the scoring just 1:32 into the game with an unassisted goal.  Just about three minutes later, Jeremy Gregoire received a perfectly placed pass from Markus Eisenschmid to out the IceCaps up 2-0.  The Comets thought they had gotten one of those goals ba k, but the officials ruled it a no-goal due to being hit with a high stick. They did, however, finally get on the board halfway through the first period.

(Photo by Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch)
(Photo by Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch)

Josiah Didier took quite a beating in this game, seemingly skating with a target on his back. He was the recipient of quite a few hard hits, with two of them nasty enough to warrant Stefan Fournier and Mac Bennett dropping their gloves in Didier’s defense.

Dustin Tokarski looked sharp in net, allowing only one goal on 27 shots.  The second period was relatively evenly played, but Brandon McNally added to the IceCaps tally early in the third with his first goal of the season.  It was a decisive win for a team looking to continue the momentum on their next home stand.

The IceCaps return to St. John’s and will prepare to host the Portland Pirates on Friday.

▲     Josiah Didier, Markus Eisenschmid, Dustin Tokarski, Morgan Ellis

▼     Lucas Lessio, Charles Hudon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 15 Shots 27
0 for 2 Power Play 0 for 3
18 Penalty Minutes 16
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (16-9-5-3) 2 0 1 3
 Comets (16-12-3-2) 1 0 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Lessio (9), Gregoire (3), McNally (1)
  • UTI:  LaBate (2)
  • STJ: Tokarski (W) 3-3-4
  • UTI: Bachman (L) 6-6-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Dustin Tokarski   STJ
  2. Jeremy Gregoire   STJ
  3. Joseph LaBate  UTI

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “We stayed poised, we stayed in control and we kept playing.”
  • “We had better sticks on the forecheck, we spent less time in our D-zone because we had better positioning and better sticks.”
  • “When you have good games like that from the support cast, it shows that it’s a team effort.”

Comets coach Travis Green (speaking to the Utica Observer-Dispatch)

  • “It was a tough loss. I thought we played a pretty good hockey game. (St. John’s is) a good team. They’re really fast. They’re in the top part of the standings for a reason.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Morgan Ellis

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RECAP | IceCaps – Americans: Shootout Loss Stings

Wednesday December 30, 2015 
First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-3

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo courtesy of Rochester Americans)

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:

Tokarski
Fucale

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

Game Report

As the road trip continued for the St. John’s IceCaps, they found themselves taking the ice in another NHL rink – this time in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center.  The Rochester Americans got things started with a lot of energy, especially after the IceCaps gave them a few early power play opportunities.

The Americans converted one of those man advantages in the first period and went into the intermission with a one-goal lead.

The second period kicked off with a quick goal by Gabriel Dumont just 21 seconds in, but Rochester got it right back just over a minute later.  Jacob de la Rose and Lucas Lessio were some of the strongest players on the puck tonight, checking well and skating hard.  Dustin Tokarski was shaky at times, but settled in as the game wore on.  Late in the period, Charles Hudon found the back of the net on a power play to even the score at 2-2.

St. John’s came out in the third looking a little slow and disorganized, but neither team could get a puck past the opposing goaltender.  The overtime period was fast and frenzied, with Tokarski making some key saves to keep the IceCaps in it.  However once the shootout came around, Tokarski was unable to stop any of the three Amerks shooters.

Mike McCarron left the game early in the third period after taking an apparent stick to the face and did not return to the bench.  The IceCaps return to the ice on Thursday night when they take on the Senators in Binghamton, NY.

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Lucas Lessio

▼     Mac Bennett

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 27 Shots 30
1 for 4 Power Play 1 for 5
12 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (15-8-5-3) 0 2 0 0 0 2
 Americans (15-14-1-1) 1 1 0 0 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (8), Hudon (11)
  • RCH:  Leduc (4), Austin (2), Bailey (Game-deciding goal)
  • STJ: Tokarski (L) 2-3-4
  • RCH: Lieuwen (W) 8-6-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Nathan Lieuwen  RCH
  2. Gabriel Dumont   STJ
  3. Justin Bailey  RCH

 Video highlights
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Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

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RECAP | IceCaps – Marlies: Road Trip Begins on a Slow Note

Saturday December 26, 2015 
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-5

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 – Gregoire
Bozon – Eisenschmid – Fournier [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Angelo Miceli, Mac Bennett, Eric Neilson, Mac Bennett, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

After more than a week away from the ice for a holiday break, the IceCaps got back to business on Boxing Day by kicking off another road trip in Toronto.

The first period started with Zach Fucale standing tall in net while the Marlies pressed early, 3-0 shots for Toronto and a lot of zone time for them.  Soon after, Sam Carrick laid a massive open ice hit on Tim Bozon. Stefan Fournier didn’t like the hit, dropped the gloves with Carrick, throwing a few really heavy rights and winning the fight. Fournier got the extra 2 minutes for roughing, but on the ensuing powerplay, the Marlies couldn’t capitalize as the IceCaps were doing a good job of getting in the shooting lanes.

The second period started with St. John’s heading to the powerplay nearly a minute in, but the Marlies had another strong penalty kill. Michael McCarron hit the outside of the post from a bad angle just after the penalty expired.  Later, Gabriel Dumont had a shorthanded breakaway but missed the net, as the IceCaps were continually unable to finish their chances. Just as the penalty was set to expire, Brendan Leipsic took a pass, streaking down the left wing and wired a shot past Fucale’s glove who went on to make a few really good saves at the end of the period to keep it 2-0.

Just over a minute into the 3rd period, Lucas Lessio took a pass in the slot from Bud Holloway and tapped it in, his eighth goal of the season.  Right after the Marlies regained their two goal lead, Darren Dietz fired a shot from the top of the circle past Bibeau to make it a one goal game again.  The Marlies continued their offensive pressure, however, and managed to beat Fucale two more times before potting an empty netter to finish the game 5-2.  Final shots on goal were 37-26 for Toronto.

Jacob de la Rose and Marcus Eisenschmid both returned to the lineup in this game, coming off injuries.  The IceCaps get right back to it tomorrow with another game against the Marlies, this time at Ricoh Coliseum.

▲     Zach Fucale, Darren Dietz, Jacob de la Rose, Lucas Lessio

▼     Gabriel Dumont, Tim Bozon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 26 Shots 37
0 for 3 Power Play 1 for 3
13 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (14-8-5-2) 0 0 2 2
 Marlies (24-5-2-0) 0 2 3 5
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Lessio (8), Dietz (4)
  • TOR:  Leipsic (7), Panik (8), Harrington (1), Carrick (4), Soshnikov (9)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 8-4-2
  • TOR: Bibeau (W) 10-3-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Sam Carrick  TOR
  2. Rinat Valiev  TOR
  3. Brendan Leipsic  TOR

 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.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

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RECAP | Devils – IceCaps: McCarron Scores Hat Trick, ‘Caps Sweep Series

Wednesday December 16, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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DEVILS
Albany

(Photo by Jeff Parsons | via St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Lessio – McCarron – Holloway
Bournival – Dumont – Fournier
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire
McNally – Miceli – Pither [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Eric Neilson, Jacob de la Rose (undisclosed), Mac Bennett, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

If the previous night’s game against the Albany Devils was exciting, this night’s game greatly surpassed it. Michael McCarron got things rolling just 30 seconds after puck drop with his 11th goal of the season, assisted by Bud Holloway.  Next up it was Angelo Miceli with his third tally of the season, quickly followed by another McCarron goal – this one on the power play.  Scott Wedgewood, giving up three goals on six shots, took a seat on the bench as Yann Danis was tapped to replace him in net.

Frustration for the Devils started to boil over, with Thompson dropping the gloves with Didier, and scrums popping up at every stoppage.  The second period saw a complete change on the ice as Albany came out strong, outshooting the IceCaps 18-7 and getting one goal back.

Then the power play unit came up big for St. John’s once again as Joel Hanley potted one, and McCarron topped off the night with a third goal to complete his second hat trick of the season.

Eddie Pasquale (Photo by Julia Price | Rocket Sports Media)
Eddie Pasquale (Photo by Julia Price | Rocket Sports Media)

Eddie Pasquale stood tall in net during this game, giving up only one goal on 46 shots.  Lucas Lessio made his IceCaps debut, after being acquired from Arizona in exchange for Christian Thomas.  Lessio found himself on the top line with McCarron and Bud Holloway.

The IceCaps now have some time off for a holiday break, after which they’ll head out on their next road trip beginning in Toronto on Boxing Day.

▲     Michael McCarron, Eddie Pasquale, Lucas Lessio, Michael Bournival

 Statistics 
ICECAPS DEVILS
 23 Shots 46
2 for 6 Power Play 0 for 9
17 Penalty Minutes 23
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (14-7-5-2) 3 1 1 5
 Devils (16-7-3-0) 0 1 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  McCarron (11), Miceli (3), McCarron (12), Hanley (2), McCarron (13)
  • ALB:  Pietila (5)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 4-1-2
  • ALB: Wedgewood (L) 1-1-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Michael McCarron  STJ
  2. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  3. Michael Bournival  STJ

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Canadiens Trade Thomas to Arizona for Lessio

Canadiens Acquire Lessio in return for Thomas
MONTREAL SWAPS CHRISTIAN THOMAS TO ARIZONA FOR LUCAS LESSIO

 

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

MONTREAL (December 15, 2015) Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the acquisition of forward Lucas Lessio from the Arizona Coyotes, in return for forward Christian Thomas.

Lessio, 22, recorded 12 points (7 goals and 5 assists) in 24 regular season games thus far this season with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons. He served 12 penalty minutes. The 6’1’’ and 212 lb left winger posted five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 29 career regular season games in the NHL.

A native of Maple, Ontario, Lessio was the Coyotes second round selection, 56th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

The 23-year old Christian Thomas registered two assists in five games with the Canadiens thus far this season. He added 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in 18 games with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps. The Toronto native was acquired by the Canadiens from the New York in return for Danny Kristo on July 2, 2013.