IceCaps game report

Recap – Crunch vs. IceCaps: Overtime Required Yet Again!

Saturday November 21, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL.

St. John’s




(Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)


Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

[one_half_last]Barberio – Ellis
Bennett – Dietz
Hanley – Lernout



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

The IceCaps were taking on the Syracuse Crunch for the second consecutive night. On Friday the IceCaps skated to a 4-3 overtime victory. Player movement is an almost daily event in the AHL. In 24 hours since the previous night’s contest, forward Sven Andrighetto had been recalled by the Canadiens and Eddie Pasquale, Friday’s starter had been returned to the Brampton Beast.

The changes combined with a growing injury list left Sylvain Lefebvre with a patchwork lineup. The IceCaps head coach elected to go with just 11 forwards and seven defensemen.

There was also a change in goal. With Pasquale in Brampton and Dustin Tokarski returned to the fold, Lefebvre opted to start Zach Fucale. It was exactly one week since Fucale gave up eight goals in a 9-8 comeback win by the Toronto Marlies. It was his weakest start of Fucale’s short pro career.

This night would be a different story. In the first two periods with Syracuse dominating play, Fucale was sharp. The Crunch were outshooting St. John’s 27-15 after 40 minutes.

The two teams exchanged goals within a 66 second stretch finishing the second period in a 1-1 tie. Gabriel Dumont picked up his third of the season from Bud Holloway. It was the 20th point of the season for Holloway.

The IceCaps came out flying in the third period.  The top line of Mike McCarron, Daniel Carr and Christian Thomas were creating plenty of scoring chances. Shots on goal were 12-3 in the period for the IceCaps.

Overtime would not be kind to the IceCaps as Mark Barberio got caught on the ice for an extended shift. The Crunch goal was a rare mistake for Fucale who felt that it was a shot he should have stopped.

The IceCaps head out on the road for three games next weekend against the Rochester Americans and Toronto Marlies.

▲     Charles Hudon, Daniel Carr, Bud Holloway, Mike McCarron, Zach Fucale

▼     Mark Barberio

 30 Shots 34
0 for 2 Power Play 0 for 2
4 Penalty Minutes 4
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (9-5-3-1) 0 1 0 0 1
 Crunch (8-5-1-1) 0 1 0 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (3)
  • SYR:  Tambellini (5), Taormina (3)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 6-2-1
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (W) 4-2-0
 AHL Three Stars
  1. Matt Taormina   SYR
  2. Gabriel Dumont   STJ
  3. Jeff Tambellini   SYR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “Knowing this guy and his character, I knew [Zach Fucale] would put in a good performance. He kept us in the game in the first period. It was good for him to get it done in a game like this and make some good saves.”
  • “I thought in the second period we tried to make too many plays that weren’t there. We forced plays, and as a result made some unforced errors. I just told them to head-man the puck, that when you see a white jersey, get him the puck. You’re tired with two games in two nights, so let the puck do the work.”

Quotes courtesy of The Telegram

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Fan focus

Habs Join Tradition of St. John’s Hockey

by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

Mile One Centre (Photo by Colin Peddle)
Mile One Centre (Photo by Colin Peddle)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — St. John’s, Newfoundland. The most easterly city in North America, the oldest city in North America. Growing up in Newfoundland we knew three things: Fog, Snow and Hockey.

The St. John’s Maple Leafs were the first professional team to call “The Rock” it’s home. Arriving in 1991, the Leafs became the culture of the city, children grew up idolizing AHL greats like Nathan Dempsey or Marcel Cousineau. Rivalries with the Fredericton Canadiens and Saint John Flames dominated as Atlantic Canada hit its peak in popularity.

Fast forward to 2005, the Baby Leafs were on their way out as the big club wanted to move it’s prospects closer to the Air Canada Centre for ease of access and lowering travel costs. All the while, the local community still craved hockey and the city dipped into the QMJHL, announcing it’s new affiliation with the St. John’s Fog Devils. Once again St. John’s had it’s team, and once again the city watched them leave in short order.


Without a full time resident, Mile One and the local economy took a hit. Insert former Premier and local folklore legend, Danny Williams. Mr. Williams paired up with Glenn Stanford, better known locally as the VP of Hockey Operations for the St. John’s Maple Leafs between 1991 and 2005. Glenn is also familiar with the Canadiens organization, serving as the president of the Hamilton Bulldogs from 2006-2011 winning a Calder Cup with the Carey Price at the helm in 2007.

The Bulldogs made a stop at Mile One in October 2010 to play an exhibition game against the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa) with names like Aaron Palushaj, J.T. Wyman and David Desharnais in the lineup. Goaltender Robert Mayer picked up the shootout victory for the Baby Habs.

In 2011, the St. John’s IceCaps were born. Inheriting the team from the Manitoba Moose and True North Sports & Entertainment, the executive committee opted to change name to the IceCaps due to an ongoing struggle between the the Provincial Government, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador surrounding overpopulation of moose, which had become hazardous causing numerous accidents annually.

So here we are, on the day of the 2015 IceCaps jersey release. Growing up a Habs fan I can only hope it pays proper tribute to Le Bleu Blanc Rouge. The city is buzzing again, a crowd which had sold out 127 straight games from it’s inception, ready to crowd Mile One once again and cheer on a competitive young squad. Habs fans who had been forced to watch the prospects of Toronto and Winnipeg develop before our eyes finally have their turn.