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RECAP | IceCaps – Devils: Strong Team Play Brings Rewards

Friday January 22, 2016 
Times Union Center, Albany, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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4-2

DEVILS
Albany

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Mac Bennett, Victor Bartley (day-to-day), Bud Holloway (day-to-day)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (indefinite)

Game Report

After a disappointing overtime loss on Wednesday night in Bridgeport, the IceCaps headed into tonight’s game against the Albany Devils looking a little less-than-enthusiastic.  Just over four minutes into the game, the Devils got on the board and outshot the visitors 9-0 in the first half of the game.  It looked like it could be a long night for the IceCaps.

But towards the start of the second period, St. John’s found their focus when Morgan Ellis sent a slapshot past Yann Danis to even the score.  20 seconds later Jim O’Brien potted his second of the night, but it only took Nikita Scherbak another 20 seconds to brings things back to 2-2 on his second goal of the season.

Finding themselves on a 5-on-3, the IceCaps continued to pressure the Devils and Charles Hudon found the mesh off a shot from the faceoff circle to give his team their first lead of the game.  Sven Andrighetto and Ryan Johnston assisted on the goal.

In the third period Andrighetto added to his point tally with a fortunate puck deflection off his skate to give the IceCaps a 4-2 lead which they were able to maintain until the final horn.

Discipline was key for this game, and for once it was because the IceCaps stayed out of the penalty box. Hudon seemed to hit his head or face in the third period and headed off to the dressing room after taking a while to get up off the ice.

The IceCaps have a rematch with the Albany Devils on Saturday afternoon for a matinee game.

▲     Nikita Scherbak, Charles Hudon, Morgan Ellis, Sven Andrighetto

▼     John Scott

 Statistics 
ICECAPS DEVILS
 17 Shots 26
1 for 5 Power Play 0 for 2
4 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (18-14-6-3) 0 3 1 4
 Devils (23-10-6-0) 1 1 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Ellis (10), Scherbak (2), Hudon (13), Andrighetto (9)
  • ALB:  O’Brien (8), O’Brien (9)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 10-8-3
  • ALB: Danis (L) 16-7-4
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Sven Andrighetto  STJ
  2. Zach Fucale  STJ
  3. Jim O’Brien  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

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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

 Video highlights
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Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

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