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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

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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 | 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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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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RECAP | Pirates – IceCaps: New Look, Same Results

Saturday January 9, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-4

PORTLAND
Pirates

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

After a complete breakdown the previous night, losing 5-1 to the Portland Pirates, the St. John’s IceCaps took to the Mile One Centre ice on Saturday looking to bounce back quickly.  But it seemed that they were stuck in the same sluggish cycle from the night before, despite a massive amount of line-juggling done by the coach.

Sylvain Lefebvre moved Michael McCarron back to the first line, where he also placed newcomer Max Friberg on right wing.  Jacob de la Rose found himself promoted to the second line, which bumped Markus Eisenschmid up to the third line.  Charles Hudon was shifted to Eisenschmid’s left wing after centering the first line for the last couple of weeks.

The Pirates came out buzzing in the first period, scoring their first goal just three minutes into the game.  Five minutes later they earned a shorthanded goal, quickly followed by a power play goal.  Eddie Pasquale was immediately pulled from the game after giving up three goals on just seven shots.

Zach Fucale gave a strong performance in relief despite giving up a goal shortly into the second period.  The IceCaps attempted some physicality to muster a spark with their teammates with Dalton Thrower, Gabriel Dumont, and Jeremy Gregoire all dropping the gloves, but to no avail.  Dumont did, however, connect with Eisenschmid and de la Rose late in the third period to get St. John’s on the board.

The IceCaps return to home ice on Tuesday night when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come to town for a back-to-back series.

▲     Zach Fucale

▼     Joel Hanley, Charles Hudon, Dalton Thrower, Eddie Pasquale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PIRATES
 41 Shots 31
1 for 5 Power Play 1 for 4
32 Penalty Minutes 34
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (16-11-5-3) 0 0 1 1
 Pirates (20-13-1-0) 3 1 0 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (9)
  • POR:  Wilson (5), McFarland (12), Grimaldi (6), Megan (4)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 5-2-2
  • POR: McKenna (W) 16-7-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Mike McKenna   POR
  2. Rocco Grimaldi   POR
  3. John McFarland  POR

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Unavailable.

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