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

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
 

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RECAP | IceCaps – Devils: ‘Almost’ Isn’t Enough in Albany

Wednesday February 24, 2016 
Times Union Center, Albany, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

3-4

DEVILS
Albany

(Photo by Hans Pennink / Special to the Times Union)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
McNally – Scherbak – Friberg
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire
Scott – Miceli – Rankin [/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), Gabriel Dumont (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

After a few days of travel and practice, the IceCaps came into Albany tonight looking for a win after dropping their last two to Binghamton. Charles Hudon was back in the lineup after missing one game due to injury.

But less than five minutes into the game it felt like deja vu all over again as the Devils got on the board first.  By the midway point of the second period they held a 3-0 lead over the IceCaps, and the visiting team was looking unorganized and frustrated.

Coach Sylvain Lefebvre must have lit a fire under the team in the second intermission as they came out blazing in the third period, with Hudon getting St. John’s on the board just over a minute into the frame.  Thirty seconds later it was Tim Bozon’s turn to put a puck past Yann Danis – his first goal of the season.

The IceCaps continued to pressure throughout the third, but in the final minute allowed Albany to get an empty net goal.  With just three seconds remaining Bozon got the IceCaps within one goal, but again it was too late for the full comeback and St. John’s dropped their third consecutive game.

Victor Bartley was called up to the Montreal Canadiens the day before this game, which then led to Travis Brown getting called up to the IceCaps from the Brampton Beast. Brown did not play in this game, however.

The Icecaps continue their road trip by heading to Utica for a game against the Comets on Saturday night.

▲     Tim Bozon, Charles Hudon, Brett Lernout, Max Friberg

▼     John Scott

 Statistics 
ICECAPS SENATORS
 20 Shots 25
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 1
7 Penalty Minutes 11
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (23-22-7-3) 0 0 3 3
 Devils (32-13-7-0) 2 1 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (17), Bozon (1), Bozon (2)
  • ALB:  McPherson (1), Thompson (10), Sislo (26), McKelvie (1)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 14-13-3
  • ALB: Danis (W) 24-7-5
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Mike Sislo  ALB
  2. Corbin McPherson  ALB
  3. Paul Thompson  ALB

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
 Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “It’s not just [Mike Sislo] there are a few guys you have to pay attention to. (Jim) O’Brien is another guy. They have two good lines.

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On the Road With IceCaps Darren Dietz, Nikita Scherbak [Video]

Darren Dietz, Nikita Scherbak (Photos by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)
Darren Dietz, Nikita Scherbak (Photos by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

BINGHAMTON, NY. — The St. John’s IceCaps were in Binghamton to play a pair of games against the Senators on the weekend. Players and coaches were kind enough to provide the IceCaps Hockey Report team with exclusive interviews that we present to you below.

Darren Dietz

Dietz is having a solid season having appeared in 51 of 54 IceCaps games this season. He is second in scoring among IceCaps defencemen with 15 points. Darren talks about the game against the Senators, his season and his favorite player.

Nikita Scherbak

Scherbak has missed 28 games in an injury-shortened first season as a pro. He has eight points in 26 games this year. Scherbak returned to a more familiar position at wing on Saturday night after a 10-game stint at centre. Scherbak candidly talks about his injuries, his adjustment to the centre position and his favorite players.

Sylvain Lefebvre

IceCaps head coach Sylvain Lefebvre spoke about the Binghamton series, changes to the lineup, preparing for the playoffs and provided a brief injury update.

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RECAP | IceCaps – Wolf Pack: Still Searching For a Solution

Saturday January 30, 2016 
XL Center, Hartford, CT

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-4

HARTFORD
Wolf Pack

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Andrighetto
Lessio – Scherbak – Holloway
de la Rose – Dumont – Friberg
MacMillan – Gregoire [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Michael Bournival, John Scott, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Victor Bartley (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

The slide continues for the St. John’s IceCaps. Coach Sylvain Lefebvre moved his lines around again, pushing Michael McCarron back to the first line, dropping Nikita Scherbak down to the second line. Gabriel Dumont moved back to center on the third line, putting Jacob de la Rose on the left wing.  Lefebvre also chose to roll seven defensemen tonight.

The new look still failed to produce results.  It only took about five minutes for the Wolf Pack to put the first goal on the scoreboard.  Despite the first period continuing fairly quietly, things started to break down in the second frame.  Josiah Didier took a couple of penalties, including a fighting major, and McCarron took consecutive penalties for cross-checking and unsportsmanlike conduct.  Hartford tallied two more goals during the period, one of which came on the power play from McCarron’s second penalty.

Charles Hudon gave the IceCaps some hope by potting a wrister to start the third period, but the comeback hill was too steep to climb.  This was the third consecutive loss for the IceCaps, who now head back to St. John’s for some rest and preparation for their next opponent.

In the meantime, McCarron and Morgan Ellis head to Syracuse to take part in the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic on Sunday and Monday.

The IceCaps return to Mile One Centre on Friday night when they welcome the Utica Comets for a back-to-back series.

▲     Charles Hudon, Max Friberg

▼     Michael McCarron

 Statistics 
ICECAPS WOLF PACK
 27 Shots 26
0 for 4 Power Play 1 for 4
13 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (19-17-6-3) 0 0 1 1
 Wolf Pack (23-20-2-0) 1 2 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (14)
  • HFD:  Graves (5), Nehring (14), Nehring (15), Tarnasky (10)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 10-10-3
  • HFD: Malcolm (W) 5-3-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Chad Nehring   HFD
  2. Ryan Bourque  HFD
  3. Nick Tarnasky  HFD

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
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RECAP | Penguins – IceCaps: More Goals, Still Can’t Finish

Wednesday January 13, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

4-6

PENGUINS
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Bournival – McCarron – Holloway
Hudon – Dumont – Eisenschmid
Lessio – de la Rose – 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

Going into tonight’s game, the IceCaps had dropped five of their last six games including three consecutive losses at home.  They needed a spark.  Newcomer Max Friberg got things started almost as quickly as Gabriel Dumont had done the previous night, scoring the first goal of the game just one minute after the opening faceoff.

St. John’s dominated the puck all night, outshooting the Penguins 40-19. Mark MacMillan and Morgan Ellis added to the IceCaps tally in the first period, heading into the locker room ahead 3-2.  Even the struggling power play unit woke up with Ellis’ goal and continued with a man-advantage goal by Bud Holloway in the second.

But each time St. John’s scored two goals, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came back and scored two of their own.  Then they kept scoring.  The IceCaps watched as their opponent mounted four unanswered goals, with a total of six goals on just 19 shots.  Zach Fucale was pulled after the sixth goal, but the damage was done.

Backchecking was non-existent, and play in the defensive zone was meager at best.  Bad turnovers, dismal coverage, and a couple of soft goals led the IceCaps to another loss and a season sweep by the Penguins.

Coach Sylvain Lefebvre has churned his line combinations in many different ways over the past few games, but it seems that something special is needed to bring the cohesive of the team back to its early-season success.  They next face the Toronto Marlies who come to St. John’s Saturday and Sunday.

▲      Max Friberg, Morgan Ellis, Jacob de la Rose, Bud Holloway

▼      Michael McCarron, Charles Hudon, Zach Fucale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PENGUINS
 40 Shots 19
2 for 6 Power Play 2 for 4
8 Penalty Minutes 12
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (16-13-5-3) 3 1 0 4
 Penguins (28-8-o-1) 2 2 2 6
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Friberg (6), MacMillan (2), Ellis (7), Holloway (10)
  • WBS:  Uher (5), Sheary (7), Marcantuoni (2), Mouillierat (7), Wilson (19), Seymour (3)
  • STJ: Fucale (L)  8-8-2
  • WBS: Jarry (W) 10-1-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Conor Sheary  WBS
  2. Derrick Pouliot  WBS
  3. Morgan Ellis  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

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RECAP | Pirates – IceCaps: New Look, Same Results

Saturday January 9, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-4

PORTLAND
Pirates

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Lessio – McCarron – Friberg
Bournival – de la Rose – Dumont
Hudon – Eisenschmid – Holloway
MacMillan – Gregoire [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Hanley – Lernout
Bennett – Thrower
Ellis – Dietz
Didier[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Eric Neilson, Stefan Fournier, Brandon McNally, Tim Bozon (undisclosed), Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

After a complete breakdown the previous night, losing 5-1 to the Portland Pirates, the St. John’s IceCaps took to the Mile One Centre ice on Saturday looking to bounce back quickly.  But it seemed that they were stuck in the same sluggish cycle from the night before, despite a massive amount of line-juggling done by the coach.

Sylvain Lefebvre moved Michael McCarron back to the first line, where he also placed newcomer Max Friberg on right wing.  Jacob de la Rose found himself promoted to the second line, which bumped Markus Eisenschmid up to the third line.  Charles Hudon was shifted to Eisenschmid’s left wing after centering the first line for the last couple of weeks.

The Pirates came out buzzing in the first period, scoring their first goal just three minutes into the game.  Five minutes later they earned a shorthanded goal, quickly followed by a power play goal.  Eddie Pasquale was immediately pulled from the game after giving up three goals on just seven shots.

Zach Fucale gave a strong performance in relief despite giving up a goal shortly into the second period.  The IceCaps attempted some physicality to muster a spark with their teammates with Dalton Thrower, Gabriel Dumont, and Jeremy Gregoire all dropping the gloves, but to no avail.  Dumont did, however, connect with Eisenschmid and de la Rose late in the third period to get St. John’s on the board.

The IceCaps return to home ice on Tuesday night when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come to town for a back-to-back series.

▲     Zach Fucale

▼     Joel Hanley, Charles Hudon, Dalton Thrower, Eddie Pasquale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PIRATES
 41 Shots 31
1 for 5 Power Play 1 for 4
32 Penalty Minutes 34
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (16-11-5-3) 0 0 1 1
 Pirates (20-13-1-0) 3 1 0 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (9)
  • POR:  Wilson (5), McFarland (12), Grimaldi (6), Megan (4)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 5-2-2
  • POR: McKenna (W) 16-7-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Mike McKenna   POR
  2. Rocco Grimaldi   POR
  3. John McFarland  POR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
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RECAP | IceCaps – Senators: Almost a Comeback, But Not Quite

Thursday December 31, 2015 
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-3

SENATORS
Binghamton

(Photo by JustSports Photography)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Lessio – Hudon – Holloway
Bournival – De la Rose – Andrighetto
MacMillan – Dumont – Fournier
McNally – Eisenschmid – Gregoire [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Tokarski

Scratches: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Michael McCarron (throat), Tim Bozon, Angelo Miceli, Mac Bennett
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

The most memorable moments of the night both came from Bud Holloway: a desperation skate save in the dying minutes of the game with the IceCaps net empty and a kiss that he planted on the helmet of linemate Charles Hudon when the Kiss Cam featured the duo on the score clock during a stoppage of play.

It was that kind of night.

The Senators took advantage of an IceCaps team who got into Binghamton in the wee hours of the morning. The BSens came out of the gate strong scoring just 1:20 into the opening frame. The Senators went up by two on their first power-play of the game seven minutes into the game.

To say the game was physical is putting it mildly. Chippy play, scrums after whistles, and multiple scraps between Stefan Fournier and Guillaume Lepine. Finally, late in the second period, the IceCaps began to show some life after Sven Andrighetto and Fournier each potted a goal.

The momentum had seemingly swung in the visiting team’s direction, but they couldn’t fully surmount a comeback to tie the game. Zach Fucale held off the Binghamton offense through the final horn, but the Senators were able to edge out the IceCaps 3-2.

The IceCaps will start the new year and complete their road trip on Saturday when they meet the Utica Comets.

▲     Mark MacMillan, Jacob de la Rose, Sven Andrighetto

▼     Mark Barberio, Michael Bournival

 Statistics 
ICECAPS SENATORS
 33 Shots 34
0 for 2 Power Play 1 for 2
13 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (15-9-5-3) 0 2 0 2
 Senators (11-17-2-0) 2 1 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Andrighetto (7), Fournier (5)
  • BNG:  Robinson (5), O’Dell (12), Lindberg (4)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 8-5-2
  • BNG: Driedger (W) 8-6-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Eric O’Dell  BNG
  2. Cole Schneider   BNG
  3. Stefan Fournier  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “They work hard, especially in their building, you know, they’re tough to play against. They’re big, they’re strong, they forecheck hard, they protect the puck well.”
  • “I thought that we showed some character to at least put ourselves in a situation where we have ourselves a chance to win.”
  • “I like his game. [Sven Andrighetto] showed some speed and showed some aggressiveness on the forecheck.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Lucas Lessio

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RECAP | IceCaps vs. Comets: OT Win Extends Point Streak to 10 Games

Friday December 4, 2015 
Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-1

COMETS
Utica

Eddie Pasquale (Photo by Utica Comets)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Tokarski

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Eric Neilson, 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

The Aud in Utica is a small, quaint historic barn. Packed to the rafters it was buzzing with energy all game long. And the Comets treated  3860 boisterous fans to a dominating performance. Shots were 31-15 for Utica.

When speaking to the Utica Observer-Dispatch, Comets coach Travis Green said, “I thought our team played a hell of a game. We were in their end 70 percent of the game.”

But Sylvain Lefebvre’s ‘bend-not-break’ defence held and Eddie Pasquale was outstanding, fully deserving of the game’s first star. Pasquale and Dustin Tokarski have been superb in two straight games as the IceCaps have been outshot a combined 69-33 against Albany and Utica. Despite the lopsided shot disadvantage in games this week, St. John’s has picked up three of a possible four points.

The IceCaps have now earned points in 10 straight games. On the current road trip, Lefebvre’s crew has picked up eight points in five games with the coach crediting strong team play.

St. John’s easily won the special teams battle. The Comets enjoyed five power-play opportunities but the IceCaps penalty-killers were perfect. Jarred Tinordi’s lane-clogging reach and Josiah Didier’s shot blocking were particularly effective. The overtime winner scored on the power-play.

It was Andrey Pedan who was in the box when Bud Holloway drifted a wrister past goaltender Joe Cannata. Pedan received two minutes for boarding when he enthusiastically took Tinordi’s head into the glass.  Trying to resurrect past grudges, Pedan hurt his team while Tinordi displayed discipline.

Following the game the IceCaps headed to Binghamton where they will close out their six-game road trip against the Senators on Saturday night.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Jarred Tinordi, Josiah Didier, Darren Dietz

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 15 Shots 31
1 for 3 Power Play 0 for 5
15 Penalty Minutes 11
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-5-4-2) 1 0 0 1 2
 Comets (9-9-2-1) 0 1 0 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Miceli (2), Holloway (7)
  • UTI:  Sautner (3)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 3-1-1-0
  • UTI: Cannata (L) 6-5-2-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  2. Brian Holloway   STJ
  3. Ashton Sautner  UTI
Pasquale

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “The way we’re playing, we’re playing tight hockey games and we’re finding ways to get points.”
  • “Tonight the power-play came up big in overtime. And even the penalty-kill came up big at the end of the game.”
  • “Eddie [Pasquale] was great in net. I thought defensively we bent but didn’t break. We did some good things defensively.”
  • “[Utica Comets] played well, they played hard, they finished every check. On the forecheck, they were aggressive, they finished their checks on our defensemen. It takes a toll on everybody.”
  • “[Jarred Tinordi] is logging a lot of minutes. Every game you can see that he’s gaining confidence. Defensively, he plays hard, he takes the body, he’s got a long reach, long stick and he’s getting more confidence with the puck.”
  • “[Nikita] Scherbak is not going to be back until probably the end of January.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Charles Hudon

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

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

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-2

CRUNCH
Syracuse

(Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

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
Didier[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Tokarski

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

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 30 Shots 34
0 for 2 Power Play 0 for 2
4 Penalty Minutes 4
 Scoring
 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
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  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.”

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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

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

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