IceCaps game report

RECAP | IceCaps – Comets: A Fiesty Bout in Utica

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

St. John’s




(Photo courtesy Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch)


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]



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

 29 Shots 29
1 for 4 Power Play 0 for 4
27 Penalty Minutes 25
 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

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

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Press release

Montreal Canadiens Recall Dustin Tokarski and Christian Thomas from IceCaps

Thursday, 11.26.2015 / 5:00 PM ET

Thomas and Tokarski

Montreal Canadiens Media Release

In Carey Price’s absence, goaltender Dustin Tokarski was recalled from the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps. It will mark the 26-year-old’s second stint in Montreal this season. He didn’t make any starts with the Canadiens while Price was previously sidelined with a lower-body injury, as Mike Condon was a mainstay between the pipes. Tokarski did come on in relief, though, as he was called into action to replace Condon in the game against the Colorado Avalanche on November 14. He gave up two goals on 13 shots against.

The Canadiens also placed Alexander Semin on injured reserve, and recalled forward Christian Thomas from the IceCaps. In 18 games wtih Sylvain Lefebvre’s squad this season, Thomas amassed seven goals and 14 points in 18 games. The 23-year-old left-winger ranks fourth in points on the IceCaps. He played 18 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15.

Press release

Canadiens Recall Bournival, Beaulieu from Bulldogs

Defenceman, forward combined for four points in two games this weekend with ‘Dogs

Hamilton Bulldogs Press Release

Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)
Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have recalled defenceman Nathan Beaulieu and forward Michael Bournival from the Bulldogs.

Beaulieu has split this season between the Canadiens and Bulldogs. In four games with Montreal, he has recorded two penalty minutes. In two games with Hamilton, he has recorded one goal and nine penalty minutes. The 21-year-old split the 2013-14 season between the Canadiens and Bulldogs. In 17 regular season games with Montreal, the 6-2, 194-pound defenceman recorded two points and eight penalty minutes, then in seven post-season games he added two assists and two penalty minutes. In 57 regular season games with Hamilton, the Strathroy, Ont. native recorded 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) and 33 penalty minutes. In 27 career National Hockey League regular season games, he has recorded four assists and 10 penalty minutes. In 126 career American Hockey League regular season games, he has recorded 59 points (15 goals, 44 assists) and 105 penalty minutes. Beaulieu was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (17th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Bournival has played in four games with the Bulldogs this season, recording four points (one goal, three assists) and two penalty minutes. The 22-year-old split the 2013-14 season between the Canadiens and Bulldogs. In 60 regular season games with Montreal, the 5-11, 196-pound forward recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and 18 penalty minutes, then in 14 post-season games he added one assist. In three regular season games with Hamilton, the Shawinigan, Que. native recorded three points (two goals, one assist) and two penalty minutes. In 76 career AHL regular season games with the ‘Dogs, he has recorded 37 points (13 goals, 24 assists) and 30 penalty minutes. Bournival was originally selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (71st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Canadiens from the Avalanche in exchange for defenceman Ryan O’Byrne on Nov. 11, 2010.

The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 29 when they’ll visit the Rochester Americans at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. at 7:05 p.m. The ‘Dogs next home game will be on Tuesday, Nov. 4 when they’ll host the Americans at FirstOntario Centre at 10:15 a.m.

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