Categories
Press release

ROSTER MOVE | Canadiens Send Darren Dietz Back to IceCaps

Dietz reassigned to IceCaps
DARREN DIETZ RETURNS FROM MONTREAL

Dietz2
Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

The Montreal Canadiens announced today they have returned defenceman Darren Dietz to the IceCaps.

Dietz, 22, has 16 points and 59 penalty minutes in 58 games with St. John’s. The six-foot-one, 213-pounder was a 5th round draft choice of the Canadiens in 2011 and played his first two NHL games Saturday (versus Minnesota) and Tuesday (versus Florida), collecting four penalty minutes.

Categories
Press release

ROSTER MOVE | Canadiens Reassign Charles Hudon to St. John’s

Hudon assigned to IceCaps
FORWARD CHARLES HUDON RETURNS TO ST. JOHN’S

Charles Hudon (Photo by  Jeff Parsons)
Charles Hudon (Photo by Jeff Parsons)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Left-winger Charles Hudon has been assigned to the IceCaps by the Montreal Canadiens.

The 21-year-old registered two assists in two games with the Canadiens. When he was recalled to Montreal on December 8th, Hudon was second among IceCaps and 12th in AHL scoring with 20 points (10 G, 10 A) and was named AHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 29th.

The Alma, Quebec native collected 57 points as a rookie last season which placed him second in scoring among Hamilton Bulldogs and second among all AHL freshmen.

Categories
IceCaps game report

RECAP | Bears – IceCaps: Shamrocks Bring Good Luck

Saturday March 12, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-1

BEARS
Hershey

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Scherbak – Dumont – Holloway
McNally – Yogan – Friberg
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire
Scott – Miceli – Ranger [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Shane Bakker, Travis Brown, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

With their roster slowly and steadily getting called up to the Montreal Canadiens, and after a dismal game on Wednesday night, one might think that playing against the top-rated Hershey Bears might not bode well for the IceCaps.  But tonight St. John’s came out to win, backstopped by a very confident Eddie Pasquale.

Despite going down 1-0 to the Bears in the first period thanks to a rocket from Jakub Vrana, the IceCaps stayed up on their skates and put the pressure on Hershey every step of the way.  Pasquale made a number of critical saves and tracked the puck constantly.

Max Friberg evened the score in the second period, with assists from Brandon McNally and Andrew Yogan.  That puts Yogan’s current point-streak at five games, ever since signing his PTO with St. John’s.

Then in the third period, Bud Holloway gave his team the go-ahead goal on the power play and Hershey could not recover.

Ryan Johnston took a hard hit into the boards and had to be helped off the ice; he did not return.  Sylvain Lefebvre also had to head down the tunnel a few moments later when the Bears tried to clear the zone and the puck went into the St. John’s bench, hitting Lefebvre.  He returned to the bench within minutes.

Charles Hudon and Darren Deitz were the latest callups to Montreal, on emergency status due to injuries in Montreal.

The Hershey Bears come into Mile One Centre again on Sunday afternoon for a matinee against the IceCaps.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Andrew Yogan, Bud Holloway, Max Friberg, John Scott

 Statistics 
ICECAPS BEARS
 22 Shots 24
1 for 5 Power Play 0 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (27-24-8-3) 0 1 1 2
 Bears (34-17-3-7) 1 0 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Friberg (10), Holloway (18)
  • HER:  Vrana (9)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 10-6-3
  • HER: Ellis (L) 22-8-4
 AHL Three Stars
ahl14_200  

  1. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  2. Max Friberg  STJ
  3. Jakub Vrana  HER

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
 

Quotes courtesy of IceCaps Hockey Report

 Social Media: Follow @IceCapsReport on Twitter
https://twitter.com/IceCapsReport/status/708833399310557184

https://twitter.com/TheAHL/status/708819404025425920

Follow @IceCapsReport on Twitter

Be sure to follow @AllHabs on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube

Categories
Multimedia

IceCaps Weekly Wrap | Scherbak Shines [Video]

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

ST. JOHN’s, NL — Every Tuesday, IceCaps Hockey Report’s lead contributor, Amy Johnson, reviews the most recent action involving prospects of the Montreal Canadiens and what to expect from the St. John’s IceCaps in the week ahead.

Watch and share!

Categories
Press release

ROSTER MOVE | Canadiens Reassign Morgan Ellis to St. John’s

Morgan Ellis reassigned to the IceCaps
Sunday, 03.6.2016 / 1:00 PM ET

Ellis2

Montreal Canadiens Press Release

The Canadiens reassigned defenseman Morgan Ellis to the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps on Sunday.

Called up on February 26, Ellis played three games with the Habs over the past week out West, serving two penalty minutes.

Categories
IceCaps game report

RECAP | Devils – IceCaps: Five Fights For the Win

Friday March 4, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

3-1

DEVILS
Albany

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

It had been almost a week since the last time the IceCaps took the ice for a game.  After finally grabbing a win in Syracuse at the end of a disappointing road trip, the team had a few days to rest and practice before welcoming the Albany Devils to the Mile One Centre.

The first period was rather sluggish, with St. John’s only getting four shots on goal.  Only one penalty, against Gabriel Dumont, was called in the opening frame – a quiet 20 minutes to be sure.

The second period, however, was the polar opposite.  Charles Hudon scored his 19th goal of the season during a power play, assisted by Dumont and Nikita Scherbak.  The goals came fast and furious after that, with Alexander Ranger and Brandon McNally both scoring within another minute or so.

Then things got pretty intense.  Five fights were recorded in the period, with Mark MacMillan and John Scott both getting thrown out with game misconducts.  Scherbak was the victim of a dirty hit from behind which tossed him toward the visiting bench and into the stanchion.  Scott took exception and landed a flurry of solid left jabs onto the face and head of Ben Thomson.

The Devils managed to get one goal on the board in the third period, but the IceCaps didn’t let them get any farther in the scoring race.  It was a solid team win to kick off this home stand as they try to make a push toward the playoffs down the stretch.

The Icecaps face the Albany Devils again on Saturday night for the second game of the back-to-back and the final game in the season series.

▲     Bud Holloway, Eddie Pasquale, Charles Hudon, John Scott, Darren Dietz

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 27 Shots 27
1 for 2 Power Play 1 for 5
69 Penalty Minutes 45
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (25-23-7-3) 0 3 0 3
 Devils (33-15-8-0) 0 0 1 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (19), Ranger (2), McNally (3)
  • ALB:  Pietila (7)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 8-6-3
  • ALB: Danis (L) 25-9-5
 AHL Three Stars
ahl14_200  

  1. Gabriel Dumont  STJ
  2. Andrew Yogan  STJ
  3. Eddie Pasquale  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
 

Quotes courtesy of IceCaps Hockey Report

 Social Media: Follow @IceCapsReport on Twitter
https://twitter.com/FlyersRule/status/705932115163021312

Follow @IceCapsReport on Twitter

Be sure to follow @AllHabs on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube

Categories
Press release

AHL Announces Suspension for Stefan Matteau

AHL ANNOUNCES SUSPENSION

Matteau

American Hockey League Media Release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The American Hockey League today announced that former Albany Devils left wing Stefan Matteau has been suspended for two (2) games as a consequence of an illegal check to the head of an opponent in a game at Bridgeport on Feb. 28.

Matteau was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline).

Matteau, who was acquired by the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens on Monday, will miss the next two games for which he is active on an AHL club roster.

Categories
IceCaps game report

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
ahl14_200  

  1. Joel Hanley  STJ
  2. Charles Hudon  STJ
  3. Bud Holloway  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
 

Quotes courtesy of IceCaps Hockey Report

 Social Media: Follow @IceCapsReport on Twitter
https://twitter.com/FlyersRule/status/703769114704109568

Follow @IceCapsReport on Twitter

Be sure to follow @AllHabs on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube

Categories
IceCaps game report

RECAP | IceCaps – Comets: A Fiesty Bout in Utica

Friday February 26, 2016 
Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-4

COMETS
Utica

(Photo courtesy Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
Friberg – Scherbak – Dumont
Bozon – MacMillan – McNally
Scott – Miceli – Gregoire [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Alexandre Ranger, Shane Bakker, Travis Brown, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

It’s a story IceCaps fans are quite familiar with at this point: St. John’s gives up a goal early in the first period, then another.  They take too many penalties, the power play can’t convert, and they finally turn on the jets in the third period when it’s too late to make a comeback.  And it’s a story we have to tell again after tonight’s game.

It only took two and a half minutes for the opposition to score on the IceCaps this time.  Soon after, John Scott got into his first full fight as an IceCap and things went downhill from there.  Mark MacMillan got called for a high-sticking double minor at the end of the first period, giving the Comets about three minutes of power play time to open the second period.

Former Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust earned two points on the evening for two consecutive assists.  Jeremy Gregoire also dropped the gloves, as did Charles Hudon – with Malcolm Subban.

A few minutes into the third period, Bud Holloway found the back of the net on the power play.  Nikita Scherbak and Morgan Ellis assisted on the goal.  The IceCaps scrambled and pressured the Comets throughout the rest of the third but goaltender Richard Bachman stood tall and didn’t allow any more pucks to get through.

Captain Gabriel Dumont returned to the IceCaps lineup for this game.  Mac Bennett was recalled from the Brampton Beast before the game, while Ellis and Michael McCarron were called up to the Montreal Canadiens immediately following the game.

The Icecaps finish up their road trip with a rematch in Syracuse with the Crunch Saturday night.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Michael McCarron, Max Friberg, Bud Holloway

▼     Angelo Miceli, John Scott, Zach Fucale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 29 Shots 29
1 for 4 Power Play 0 for 4
27 Penalty Minutes 25
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (23-23-7-3) 0 0 1 1
 Comets (26-18-5-3) 1 2 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Holloway (16)
  • UTI:  Zalewski (13), Hamilton (7), Bancks (9), Higgins (3)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 14-14-3
  • UTI: Bachman (W) 11-8-4
 AHL Three Stars
ahl14_200  

  1. Richard Bachman  UTI
  2. Carter Bancks  UTI
  3. Brandon Prust  UTI

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
 

Quotes courtesy of IceCaps Hockey Report

 Social Media: Follow @IceCapsReport on Twitter
https://twitter.com/IceCapsReport/status/703422482984742912https://twitter.com/IceCapsReport/status/703420640406032384

https://twitter.com/FlyersRule/status/703404574263144448

Follow @IceCapsReport on Twitter

Be sure to follow @AllHabs on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube

Categories
Press release

ROSTER MOVE | Canadiens Recall McCarron and Ellis from IceCaps

McCarron and Ellis recalled

Ellis McCarron

MONTREAL, QC — The Canadiens recalled forward Michael McCarron and defenseman Morgan Ellisfrom the IceCaps following the team’s game against the Utica Comets on Friday night. The two will join the Habs in Montreal on Saturday.

A 2013 first-round pick, McCarron currently sits third on the IceCaps with 15 goals and 34 points in 53 AHL games. He previously suited up for two games with the Canadiens earlier this season, where he racked up four penalty minutes and finished with a minus-1 differential.

This is Ellis’ first NHL recall since the 23-year-old was drafted by Montreal in the fourth round in 2010. The shifty blue-liner has 12 goals in 55 games with St. John’s this year, the second-most of any AHL defenseman in 2015-16. He’s also chipped in with 18 assists, giving him 30 points on the season to date.