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RECAP | Comets – IceCaps: A Team Locked In

Sunday April 10, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

7-1

COMETS
Utica

(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Scherbak
Friberg – De la Rose – Dumont
Addison – Audette – Holloway
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, John Scott, Travis Brown, Cory Ward, Simon Bourque, Ben Scrivens, Brandon McNally, Angelo Miceli, Alexandre Ranger, Eddie Pasquale, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

It wasn’t a fluke. Last night’s OT win wasn’t just a flash in the pan for the IceCaps, as they took to their home ice this afternoon with another energetic and determined 60 minutes of play.

Jacob de la Rose stood out yet again, potting the first goal just over a minute into the game.  He was soon followed by Morgan Ellis scoring his 16th of the season, with an assist by Bud Holloway.

Next it was Mike McCarron’s turn, handling a pass right out of the penalty box and skating it in for a backhander into the net. He was assisted by Holloway, who set a new single-season points record for the franchise with 60 points, and Tom Parisi who earned his first pro point.

The second period brought more of the onslaught.  Tim Bozon wristed one past the goaltender right off the bat, and then Nikita Scherbak found mesh after a series of clean passes from McCarron and Charles Hudon.

The Comets managed to get on the board, but the IceCaps and Eddie Pasquale kept them out of the net for the rest of the period – despite Utica coming at the net hard and peppering Pasquale with shot attempts.

In the third period, the ice continued to tilt in favor of the IceCaps as Hudon potted two goals of his own.  The second one came after McCarron dropped the gloves with Joseph LaBate and earned himself his first AHL Gordie Howe hat trick.

(Photo courtesy of the St. John's IceCaps)
(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

The St. John’s team seemed to get a bit undisciplined late in the third, giving up a series of penalties that allowed plenty of man-advantage time for the Comets, but Pasquale kept the Utica skaters at bay for an outstanding finish to the weekend.

The IceCaps close out their season by hosting the Hartford Wolfpack on Friday and Saturday nights at Mile One Centre.

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Michael McCarron, Morgan Ellis, Bud Holloway, Tom Parisi, Nikita Scherbak, Charles Hudon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 39 Shots 31
0 for 4 Power Play 0 for 6
21 Penalty Minutes 17
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (31-32-8-3) 3 2 2 7
 Comets (36-25-8-4) 0 1 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  de la Rose (6), Ellis (16), McCarron (16), Bozon (4), Scherbak (7), Hudon (27), Hudon (28)
  • UTI: Valk (2)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 12-10-3
  • UTI: Bachman(L) 16-12-5
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Ryan Johnston  STJ
  2. Charles Hudon  STJ
  3. Michael McCarron  STJ

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RECAP | IceCaps – Crunch: The Will to Win

Saturday February 27, 2016 
Oncenter War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

5-1

CRUNCH
Syracuse

(Photo courtesy Eric Payne Photography | The Post-Standard)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]McNally – Scherbak – Holloway
Hudon – Dumont – Friberg
Bozon – MacMillan – Ranger
Scott – Gregoire – Bakker [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Angelo Miceli, Mac Bennett, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

They needed a win in a big way. So they won in a big way. Tonight’s final game of the road trip started much like the others before it: the Crunch scored first in the opening frame and the IceCaps found themselves down on the scoreboard.

But with about two minutes remaining in the first period, Joel Hanley potted his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Charles Hudon and Gabriel Dumont.  Then to open the second period, newcomer Travis Brown netted his first of the season with the help of Bud Holloway and Nikita Scherbak.  Taking the lead seemed to give the IceCaps a much-needed jolt of energy and they took the rest of the game handily.

Alexandre Ranger also scored his first of the season before Hudon found mesh on the power play in the third period.  Dumont wrapped things up with an empty-netter late in the third.

So what were the keys to winning tonight, especially with key players like Mike McCarron, Morgan Ellis, Jacob de la Rose, and Sven Andrighetto all called up to Montreal?  Shots on goal and discipline.  The team has recently struggled with their shot count, but tonight dominated in this category 45-30.  They also stayed out of the penalty box, only giving up one power play to the Crunch in the final seconds of the game.

The Icecaps now head back to Newfoundland for some rest and practice before taking home ice at Mile One on Friday night when the Albany Devils come to St. John’s.

▲     Bud Holloway, Eddie Pasquale, Joel Hanley, Charles Hudon, Gabriel Dumont

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 45 Shots 30
1 for 4 Power Play 0 for 1
9 Penalty Minutes 15
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (24-23-7-3) 1 2 2 5
 Crunch (21-23-9-2) 1 0 0 0
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hanley (4), Brown (1), Ranger (1), Hudon (18), Dumont (15)
  • SYR:  Erne (11)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 7-6-3
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (L) 9-10-6
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Joel Hanley  STJ
  2. Charles Hudon  STJ
  3. Bud Holloway  STJ

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 Post-game interview
 

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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
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available

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RECAP | Americans – IceCaps: Another Early Lead Disappears in OT Loss

Saturday December 12, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-3

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

After a disappointing loss to the Rochester Americans last night, the IceCaps looked to right the ship when they faced the Amerks again tonight.  Shots on goal were kept on more of an even keel this night, until the third period when the IceCaps seemed to run out of gas.

The opening frame was played quietly in terms of offense, but the penalty box was active during the first 20 minutes yet again.  Mark Barberio, Angelo Miceli, and Brett Lernout all found themselves serving minors.

Captain Gabriel Dumont got the home team on the board first, assisted by Jeremy Gregoire and Jacob de la Rose.  That’s points in two consecutive games for JDLR after returning from injury.  The Amerks and IceCaps then traded a couple of goals, with Stefan Fournier scoring for St. John’s.

The third period was all Rochester.  The IceCaps were pinned in their own zone for minutes at a time, eventually resulting in a game-tying goal by Tim Schaller which would end up forcing overtime.  The top line of Miceli, Mike McCarron, and Bud Holloway started the 3-on-3 OT, but Jason Akeson sniped the puck past Pasquale just over a minute into the extra minutes.

The IceCaps return to the ice on Tuesday night when the Albany Devils come to St. John’s for a back-to-back series.

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Brett Lernout, Eddie Pasquale, Stefan Fournier

▼     Angelo Miceli, Tim Bozon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 28 Shots 35
0 for 4 Power Play 0 for 5
10 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-8-4-2) 0 1 1 0 2
 Americans (12-11-1-1) 0 2 0 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (6), Fournier (4)
  • RCH:  Leduc (3), Schaller (2), Akeson (5)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 3-1-2
  • RCH: Lieuwen (W) 7-4-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Jason Akeson  RCH
  2. Tim Schaller   RCH
  3. Eddie Pasquale  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available

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RECAP | IceCaps vs. Senators: Feisty Sens Surprise Tired ‘Caps

Saturday December 5, 2015 
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-4

SENATORS
Binghamton

Charles Hudon (Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
McNally – Dumont – Fournier
Miceli – MacMillan – Gregoire
Pither – Neilson [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Tokarski
Pasquale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Tim Bozon, Michael Bournival (concussion), Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

Sometimes the games that you are ‘supposed’ to win are the hardest to play.

Fans of the Montreal Canadiens organization divided their attention between the IceCaps and the Habs on Saturday night. The Canadiens were in North Carolina to face the last place team in the Eastern conference of the NHL. They came out on the wrong end of a 3-2 final in Raleigh.

St. John’s was in Binghamton to wrap up their road trip against the Senators, winners of just five games coming into this night. Marc MacMillan opened the scoring just four minutes into the game.  Matt Puempel replied quickly for the Senators.

The Sens started the game with a bit of a chip on their shoulders and were ornery throughout. Just over eight minutes in Jeremy Gregoire tangled with Max McCormick. It was an extended tilt with a flurry of blows. The IceCaps bench took note of McCormick getting in an extra punch to the head while Gregoire was on the ice.

Just two minutes later Mike McCarron put down Nick Tuzzolino with a single solid punch. Tuzzolino left the ice for repairs in the dressing room. The fight was over so quickly that the two were given minors for roughing.

The IceCaps failed to develop any momentum after their first goal. Similarly the one-sided fight did nothing to spark the lethargic offense. And the Senators, who haven’t been in many games this season, seized the chance for a rare win.

The backbreaker for the IceCaps was a Senators goal by Ryan Dzingel with just 85 seconds left in the second period.

The IceCaps are really feeling the impact of injuries and call-ups at this point of the season. They have become a one line offense of Mike McCarron, Charles Hudon and Bud Holloway. While having great season in their own right, McCarron and Hudon play different games and have shown little chemistry playing together.

The IceCaps will return to St. John’s on Sunday with a four game home-stand on the schedule starting on Friday against the Rochester Americans..

▲     Mark MacMillan, Brett Lernout, Jarred Tinordi, Darren Dietz, Mike McCarron

▼     Mark Barberio, Gabriel Dumont, Angelo Miceli

 Statistics 
ICECAPS SENATORS
 28 Shots 30
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 2
26 Penalty Minutes 28
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-6-4-2) 1 0 0 1
 Senators (6-13-2-0) 1 1 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  MacMillan (2)
  • BNG:  Puempel (6), Dzingel (6), McCormick (5), Puempel (7)
  • STJ: Tokarski (L) 3-2-1-0
  • BNG: O’Connor (W) 6-5-2-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Matt O’Connor  STJ
  2. Ryan Dzingel   STJ
  3. Max McCormick  UTI

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “We know what kind of team that they have. In this building they like to play aggressive.”
  • “I’m really proud of what my guys accomplished on this trip.”
  • “We came up short tonight but the winning goal at the end of the second period hurt us, big time, because we were playing good up until that point.”
  • “The last four or five games we have played with seven defencemen so the forwards are tired right now especially guys like Dumont, McCarron, Hudon. I’ve played those guys a lot.”
  • “It’s good to see our guys producing and bringing something to the big club.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Dustin Tokarski

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Recap – IceCaps vs Americans: Extra Minutes Required for Sixth Straight Game

Friday November 27, 2015 
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

3-4

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo by Micheline Veluvolu)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Carr
Bozon – Dumont – Gregoire
McNally – MacMillan – Fournier
Blain – Miceli[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Ellis
Tinordi – Didier
Hanley – Lernout
Bennett[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

Coming into this game, the IceCaps had settled their last five consecutive games in overtime or a shootout.  This game in Rochester would follow that trend, adding a sixth game of extra minutes to the St. John’s streak.

It was the first of another six-game roadtrip for the IceCaps and the first period made them look tired and sluggish.  They spent most of the period pinned in their own end, only tallying five shots on goal.  Discipline became a factor once again as penalties started early.  Jarred Tinordi, sent down from Montreal for a conditioning stint, had two penalties on the night.

After the first intermission, the IceCaps found themselves down by a goal but seemed to find some energy. They turned the tables on the Americans, skating faster, getting shots on net, and drawing penalties.  Morgan Ellis tied things up and then the first line of Daniel Carr, Michael McCarron, and Charles Hudon turned on the jets.  They were strong in the crease, putting pressure on Rochester’s goaltender, and were rewarded with a power play goal for Carr and an even-strength goal for McCarron.

The IceCaps held onto their one goal lead for the remainder of the game, despite some close calls shut down by Zach Fucale.  It was a late goal by defenseman Colby Robak , however, that tied the game with 16 seconds remaining and eventually forcing overtime.

Extra time was pretty evenly played, with both goaltenders making some big saves. Hudon had a bad turnover which led to a two-man rush against him during which he broke his stick trying to defend the play.

No St. John’s shooters were able to score in the shootout, and just one goal by Jason Akeson for Rochester was all it took to finish this one.

▲     Daniel Carr, Mike McCarron, Mark Barberio

▼     Gabriel Dumont

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 31 Shots 35
1 for 5 Power Play 1 for 6
12 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (9-5-3-2) 0 3 0 0 0 3
 Americans (9-5-1-1) 1 1 1 0 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Ellis (5), Carr (6), McCarron (9)
  • RCH:  Baptiste (3), Ruhwedel (2), Robak (3) Game-deciding goal: Akeson
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 6-3-1
  • RCH: Makarov 3-4-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Andrey Makarov   RCH
  2. Mark Barberio   STJ
  3. Chad Ruhwedel   RCH

 Video highlights
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Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • not available for this game

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Recap – Crunch vs IceCaps: Andrighetto Scores OT Winner

Friday November 20, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

4-3

CRUNCH
Syracuse

Stefan Fournier (Photo by Julia Price | Rocket Sports Media)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Carr – McCarron – Thomas
Andrighetto – Hudon – Holloway
MacMillan – Dumont – Gregoire
Fournier – Miceli – Neilson[/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Mac Bennett (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Joel Hanley (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

The IceCaps came out strong Friday night when they took to the Mile One ice against the Syracuse Crunch.  They skated hard, maintained pressure, and kept the Crunch on a defensive stance.  But discipline soon became an issue once again, with two minor penalties going against St. John’s in the first period alone.

Neither team found the back of the net in that opening frame, but Sven Andrighetto potted a power play goal just a few minutes into the second period, his fifth of the season.  Stefan Fournier followed that with an even-strength goal just a minute and a half later and the IceCaps looked to have the dominant momentum.

Then came more penalties, five total for the IceCaps on the night, and Syracuse started to wear down the home team.  The latter portion of the second period and the entirety of the third were slow and sloppy for the IceCaps as the two teams traded goals back and forth.

An ill-timed penalty against Mike McCarron late in the third provided an opening for the game tying Syracuse goal, and for the third consecutive game the IceCaps headed to overtime.  It took less than a minute for Andrighetto to end the evening the same way he started it, clinching the OT win for his team.

Immediately after the game Andrighetto was called up to the Montreal Canadiens ahead of their Sunday night game against the New York Islanders, while goaltender Eddie Pasquale was reassigned to the Brampton Beast.

The IceCaps return to Mile One tonight for the second game of their back-to-back against Syracuse.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Sven Andrighetto, Gabriel Dumont, Mark MacMillan

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 28 Shots 47
1 for 3 Power Play 1 for 5
17 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (9-5-2-1) 0 2 1 1 4
 Crunch (7-5-1-1) 0 1 2 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Andrighetto (5), Fournier (1), Gregoire (2), Andrighetto (6)
  • SYR:  Ikonen (1), McGinn (2), Gourde (3)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 1-1-1
  • SYR: Wilcox (L) 2-2-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Sven Andrighetto  STJ
  2. Eddie Pasquale STJ
  3. Tye McGinn SYR

 Video highlights
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Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available for this game.

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After 14 Games: St. John’s IceCaps Review

 

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(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

BRAMPTON, ON — The first year AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, the St.John’s IceCaps are off to a good start through their first 14 games of the season. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference’s North Division with a 7-5-1-1 record for 16 points. Part of the IceCaps early success this season has largely been in part to some of the new faces that either made the jump to the professional ranks or signed this past summer with the Canadiens or the IceCaps organization.

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons for the IceCaps early success is goalie Zach Fucale who is 5-2-0 so far in his seven games, helping his team pick up 10 out of a possible 14 points. Fucale has been mostly solid in his first professional season, although has a middling goals against average of 3.10 and a save percentage of .906 so far. Meanwhile he even chipped in offensively with one assist. The Canadiens 2013 2nd round draft pick has shown his ability to match up to the professional game so far, he will likely only get better as the season moves along.

George “Bud” Holloway, the 27-year-old former third round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, who is back playing in North America for the first time since the 2010-11 season, is the current leader in assists with 11 and points with 15 through the first 14 games. Holloway really impressed while playing overseas in Europe for four seasons signing a one-year, two-way deal with the Canadiens on July 1st.

Holloway was given a chance to crack the deep Canadiens lineup in training camp, however he was unsuccessful in doing so and was sent to the AHL where he has taken on a bit of a veteran role for the young IceCaps team. Holloway brings a ton of leadership to the IceCaps lineup and overall makes them a much better team. Holloway could be a call up later in the season for the Canadiens if injuries occur, however for now, the leading scorer of the IceCaps remains put.

Two first year professionals in Michael McCarron coming out of the Oshawa Generals organization and Nikita Scherbak out of the Everett Silvertips organization are proving that not everyone’s adjustment to the professional game is a difficult one. Big Michael McCarron is in a tie for third in IceCaps scoring with 11 points in 14 games, including six goals so far on the year while being tied for 18th in AHL scoring on the season.  Big Mac is a very intimidating presence when he is on the ice, so far this season he has shown he is not afraid to shoot the puck or play his style which is great news.

Nikita Scherbak on the other hand has had a pretty pedestrian start to the season. In eight games he has three points and is a minus-5.  For Scherbak, the adjustment to the professional game, speed and play hasn’t been the issue, it has been some injuries have kept him out. Once he gets back to being fully healthy, he will find it easier to play his skilled game and the points will start to come.

Daniel Carr, Sven Andrighetto and Charles Hudon were pegged as players who could have a shot to crack the Canadiens roster out of training camp as well, with two of them being full second year professionals. The trio are all off to good starts this season.

Daniel Carr who had 24 goals last season for the Hamilton Bulldogs is second in team scoring with 12 points in 14 games. Charles Hudon, who was named to the AHL’s all-rookie team last season with 57 points in 75 games, is off to a solid start with 10 points in 14 games.

Lastly, there is diminutive Swiss forward, Sven Andrighetto, who is now playing in his third professional season.  In his first season, Andrighetto registered 44 points; last season he tallied 43 points in 40 games. Andrighetto has started this season with nine points in 14 games.

For the IceCaps, these three – two of which were Captain and Assistant Captain at the Rookie Tournament in September – are all being watched closely by the Canadiens and their fans. They figure to be among the top call-ups for the Canadiens if there are any injuries. These young leaders are at the forefront of a, so far, successful St. John’s team in it’s first year as the Habs AHL affliliate.

The IceCaps boast prospects that the Canadiens can afford to wait on. The fact that the Canadiens can afford to let these prospects play together for a long period of time, to grow and learn together, is huge. It also gives the Canadiens management time to really see what type of players they have in the AHL and even in the ECHL with their ECHL affiliate, the Brampton Beast. With the talent the Canadiens organization boasts, the IceCaps figure to be competitive this season. A young, hungry team that can really do some damage this season, the Canadiens know success is paramount in the AHL and ECHL to create a winning environment for these prospects to grow from and translate into success at the next level.

The St.John’s IceCaps next play the Toronto Marlies on Friday, November 13th at home and the Brampton Beast with the likes of Angelo Miceli, Tim Bozon, Mark MacMillan and more next play the Saturday, November 14th vs the Elmira Jackals.

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Recap – IceCaps vs Bears: Character Win, IceCaps Head Home [AUDIO]

Saturday November 7, 2015 
Giant Center, Hershey, PA.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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4-3

BEARS
Hershey

Gabriel Dumont (JustSports Photography)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Carr – McCarron – Holloway
Hudon – De la Rose – Andrighetto
McNally – Dumont – Thomas
Gregoire – Eisenschmid – Neilson[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Pateryn
Ellis – Dietz
Bennett – Lernout[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Ryan Johnston (hernia), Joel Hanley, Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Connor Crisp, Tim Bozon (shoulder), Dalton Thrower, Stefan Fournier
Injured reserve:

Game Report

St. John’s came into this game needing a win. They had lost four of the five previous games on this six-day road trip through Pennsylvania. Despite playing well for the majority of games, the IceCaps were having difficulty mustering a consistent effort for 60 minutes.

Saturday night’s game didn’t start well.

Just over two minutes in, Bears centre Carter Camper carried the puck into the St. John’s zone then found the trailer, Stanislev Galiev, who wristed a shot past Zach Fucale.

A short time later, Gabriel Dumont took the first of his two minor penalties. The early goal and a power-play provided momentum for Hershey who led 9-3 in shots before the halfway mark of the period.

Hershey centre Sean Collins out-muscled Sven Andrighetto for the puck chipping it ahead to send Galiev on a breakaway. The former Saint John Sea Dogs forward put it high over Fucale for his second goal of the period. Hershey led 2-0.

Just over a minute later, with Erik Neilson off for boarding, IceCaps penalty-killer Mile McCarron grabbed the puck in his own zone and skated an end-to-end rush. McCarron went around the Bears defenseman and fired a shot past goaltender Justin Peters.

The puck went in and out quickly seeming to bulge the twine on the inside of the post. McCarron celebrated with his arms outstretched but play continued. With just a single referee in the game, Pierre Lambert wasn’t in an ideal position to make the call but signaled no goal.

Hershey carried the puck into the IceCaps zone. Collins redirected Camper’s shot past Fucale and it was 3-0.

At the stoppage, coach Sylvain Lefebvre requested a review. Referee Lambert informed the IceCaps that there was technical problem with the video equipment. There would be no review.

The officials were aware of the problem. The system failure required a reboot and the referee decided to proceed with the game rather than cause a stop in play. With the extended delay during the discussions, the system was rebooted but too late to review the McCarron goal.

The decision by the referee caused a two goal swing. Rather than a 2-1 game, it was 3-0 with 5:07 remaining in the first period.

Shots on goal were 16-9 for the Bears after one period of play. The IceCaps regrouped in the intermission.

Zach Fucale made a big glove just moments into the second period. St. John’s came out a very determined bunch. Brett Lernout scored his first goal as a pro with a blast from the point to put the IceCaps on the board.

At 13:38 of the second, Morgan Ellis’ point shot beat Peters top-shelf and it was a one-goal game. Assists went to McCarron and Daniel Carr.

Shots on goal in the second period were 15-11 for the IceCaps.

St. John’s continued their pace in the third period holding a shot advantage. With 2:56 left, Daniel Carr willed the puck into the net banging a Peter’s rebound across the line following a shot from Mac Bennett. The IceCaps had tied it 3-3.

After an exciting, scoreless 3-on-3 overtime, the teams went on to a shootout. Gabriel Dumont got the game-deciding goal and Fucale made a final save on Collins for the victory.

It truly was a character win for the IceCaps.

The team will fly out of Philadelphia on Sunday heading back to St. John’s. The IceCaps will have a few days of practice to prepare for a four-game homestand starting with two-game series against the Toronto Marlies next weekend.

▲     Daniel Carr, Mike McCarron, Brett Lernout, Zach Fucale, Morgan Ellis

▼      Mark Barberio, Sven Andrighetto, Charles Hudon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS BEARS
 38 Shots 38
0 for 2 Power Play 0 for 3
10 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (7-3-1-1) 0 2 1 0 1 4
 Bears (4-3-o-1) 3 0 0 0 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Lernout (1), Ellis (2), Carr (5)
  • HER:  Galiev (2), Galiev (3), Collins (2)
  • STJ: Fucale (W)  5-2-0
  • HER: Peters (L)  3-1-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Stanislav Galiev  HER
  2. Carter Camper  HER
  3. Daniel Carr  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “I’m really proud of my team, the adversity that we faced in the first period. It was a two goal swing there with that goal disallowed. It was kinda a weird thing and I’m proud of the way they reacted. To come up with the win like that at the end of the road trip, to me it was the TSN turning point.”
  • “Sometimes when a team is struggling a little bit, we had one win in the last four games, sometimes you need a spark somewhere, you need a turning point and I think that was it.”
  • “The one that that we mentioned is that we can’t let that get to us. We have to use that to motivate ourselves and get back in the game.”
  • “I didn’t watch (the 3-on-3 overtime.) I just sent the players out and I didn’t want to watch. Sometimes you get caught out there for a long shift and even though we had a 2-on-1 the two guys looked liked they were in wheelchairs, they were so tired.”
  • “All-in-all, the effort that the guys gave out was something to be proud of.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Eric Neilson

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Recap – IceCaps vs Penguins: Baby Habs Battle Pens But Come Up Short

Friday November 6, 2015 
Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-4

PENGUINS
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

Tom Kostopoulos vs Mike McCarron (Photo by KDP Studio)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Carr – McCarron – Holloway
Hudon – De la Rose – Andrighetto
McNally – Dumont – Thomas
Gregoire – Eisenschmid – Fournier[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Pateryn
Ellis – Dietz
Bennett – Lernout[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Joel Hanley, Ryan Johnston (hernia), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Connor Crisp, Tim Bozon (shoulder)
Injured reserve:

Game Report

For the first time on the road trip, coach Sylvain Lefebvre made changes to his top-6 forwards, In order to get  more scoring from Daniel Carr, playmaker Bud Holloway was added to the Mike McCarron line. Jacob De La Rose was moved up to center the second line with Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto having a quiet road trip so far.

Just over eight minutes into the game, the strategy paid off with Carr picking up his fourth of the year assisted by McCarron and Holloway.

Less than a minute later, Andrighetto took a hooking penalty. A 10-minute misconduct was tacked on for abuse of officials.

It was a strong first period for the IceCaps using their speed and being physical while outshooting the Penguins 11-6. After 20 minutes, St. John’s enjoyed a 1-0 lead.

With seconds left in the first period, Darren Dietz was clipped by a stick. He headed down the tunnel to the dressing room for repairs. Dietz sat at the end of the bench missing a couple of shifts to begin the second period after getting a few stitches during the first intermission.

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton pushed back in the second period going on to outshoot the IceCaps 12-5. But it wasn’t as one-sided as it sounds with the IceCaps skating well and being physical. The McCarron line was the best on the ice for St. John’s.

With 1:11 remaining in the period, a Penguins player fell into goaltender Matt Murray after a scrum in the crease. Former Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos took exception engaging Mike McCarron. The two dropped the gloves with McCarron landing a few solid rights.

The pair received five minutes each for fighting with McCarron getting an extra two for roughing. The league’s best power-play tied the game with 9.1 seconds left in the second.

With new life, the Penguins started to take control in the third period. Almost seven minutes into the frame, Stefan Fournier took a penalty for cross-checking. The IceCaps killed off the penalty but momentum had fully turned.

Wilkes-Barre / Scranton had extended periods in the St. John’s zone dominating play.  With just over five minutes left, goaltender Eddie Pasquale was guilty of over-playing the puck. The Penguins Tim Erixon banked a shot off the skate of Morgan Ellis and into an open net.

The Penguins scored two more times, including an empty-netter, with the three goals coming in a span of just 2:22.  The 4-1 final did not reflect the tightness of the game.

The IceCaps have just one win in five games in Pennsylvania. The will play their final game of the road trip on Saturday against the Hershey Bears. Nikita Scherbak is not yet ready to return and will not play on Saturday.

We learned that Greg Pateryn will be heading back to Montreal on Sunday after playing three games with the IceCaps for conditioning.

▲      Daniel Carr, Brett Lernout, Mike McCarron, Brandon McNally, Matt Bennett

▼      Gabriel Dumont, Mark Barberio, Charles Hudon, Christian Thomas

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PENGUINS
 21 Shots 30
0 for 3 Power Play 1 for 3
23 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (6-5-1-1) 1 0 0 1
 Penguins (9-1-o-0) 0 1 3 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Carr (4)
  • WBS:  Simon (4), Erixon (1), Rowney (4), Pouliot (2)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L)  0-1-0
  • WBS: Murray (W)  7-1-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Carter Rowney  WBS
  2. Dominik Simon  WBS
  3. Tim Erixon  WBS

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “Not just the first period, I thought that for the most part, we played a strong game. What hurt us in the second period was offensive zone blue line turnovers and then McCarron’s penalty at the end of the period hurt us pretty bad. Obviously if you kill that one, it’s different. But when you get scored on in the last minute of a period, it’s tough to recover. Having said that I though we played really well and you have to give them credit because their third period was something. They have a good team.”
  • “What I want is for the players to still feel good about their game. It was a 4-1 final but the empty-netter. When they scored the second goal we had a bad change, then they scored the third goal. You can’t give them too much, too many chances because they have skills and they connect on their plays. They are not 8-0 in the last eight (games) for nothing. They’re a really good team. Speed-wise and skill-wise, it’s one of the best teams we have seen so far.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Greg Pateryn

Audio from interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for IceCaps Hockey Report | Rocket Sports Media.

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