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RECAP | Wolf Pack – IceCaps: Ending the Season on a High Note

Saturday April 16, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-1

WOLF PACK
Hartford

(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Scherbak
Friberg – De la Rose – Dumont
Addison – Audette – Holloway
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire[/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, John Scott, Travis Brown, Cory Ward, Tom Parisi, Ben Scrivens, Brandon McNally, Angelo Miceli, Alexandre Ranger, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

For the final game of the season, the IceCaps did not disappoint their fans.  After a quickly played first period which again did not see any goals or penalties, the Wolf Pack struck first in the second period.

After that, it was Jacob de la Rose who stormed into the second frame with a beautiful shot from the high slot to tie the game.  Both goaltenders, Eddie Pasquale and Mackenzie Skapski, were lights out stopping shot after shot from either team.

In the third period Tim Bozon got the go-ahead goal and the IceCaps kept the Wolf Pack at bay for the rest of the game.  It was a tremendous way for the team to end their season as they saluted their St. John’s fans from center ice.

Prior to the game, awards were given out by the team to some of its players.  Michael McCarron was named Rookie of the Year, Zach Fucale was named Community Man of the Year, Josiah Dider was awarded the Hardest Working Player, Morgan Ellis won Top Defenceman, and captain Gabriel Dumont earned the MVP award for the season.

 

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Tim Bozon, Morgan Ellis, Michael McCarron, Charles Hudon, Daniel Audette, Max Friberg, Jacob de la Rose

 Statistics 
ICECAPS WOLF PACK
 35 Shots 36
0 for 1 Power Play 0 for 2
4 Penalty Minutes 2
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (32-33-8-3) 0 1 0 1
 Wolf Pack (41-32-3-0) 0 1 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  de la Rose (7), Bozon (5)
  • HFD:  Tambellini (17)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 13-10-3
  • HFD: Skapski (L) 4-7-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  2. Mackenzie Skapski  HFD
  3. Mark MacMillan  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview

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RECAP | Phantoms – IceCaps: An Unwelcome Homecoming

Friday April 1, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-4

PHANTOMS
Lehigh Valley

(Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Friber – Dumont – Holloway
Hudon – MacMillan – Scherbak
McNally – Ward – Gregoire
Scott – Yogan – Bozon[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Didier – Ellis
Parisi – Johnston
Bennett – Joyaux[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Shane Bakker, Alexandre Ranger, Ben Scrivens, Angelo Miceli, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Michael Bournival (concussion)

Game Report

The last road trip of the season didn’t go well for the IceCaps. They probably were relieved to get back to St. John’s this week and take to their own home ice for the remainder of the year.  Their first visitors? The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, whom they hadn’t faced since October in Allentown.  The Phantoms didn’t make the IceCaps homecoming too sweet, however.

The first period looked good, with both teams getting a fairly even amount of shots, and no penalties.  Goaltenders Zach Fucale and Martin Ouellette looked strong in net and turned aside more than a few good shot attempts.

Charles Hudon was the recipient of a cross-check that sent him awkwardly into the boards and he had to be helped off the ice by a trainer and a teammate, looking woozy and unsteady.  He did not return to the bench.

In the second period, Taylor Leier put a puck past Fucale in the first minute and things went downhill from there for the home team.  Tim Bozon managed to get the IceCaps on the board, thanks to a helper by Cory Ward, but the Phantoms kept coming and finding ways to get the puck into the net.

The IceCaps only took two penalties in the game, but allowed a power play goal, while the Phantoms took six penalties and blanked the St. John’s power play units.  A late period empty netter by Lehigh Valley put the IceCaps away for good.

Brett Lernout was missing from the lineup as he was called up to the Montreal Canadiens on emergency status due to Nathan Beaulieu sustaining a thumb injury.  Ben Scrivens cleared waivers and arrived in St. John’s earlier in the afternoon, but did not dress for this matchup.

The series continues tomorrow night as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms return to Mile One for the fourth and final game between these two teams.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Andrew Yogan, Zach Fucale, Tom Parisi, Cory Ward

▼     Chris Joyaux, John Scott

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PHANTOMS
 28 Shots 32
0 for 6 Power Play 1 for 1
4 Penalty Minutes 14
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (29-31-8-3) 0 1 0 1
 Phantoms (30-32-4-3) 0 2 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ: Bozon (3)
  • LV:  Leier (19), Comrie (6), Hagg (3), Swavely (1)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 15-18-4
  • LV: Ouellette (W) 3-3-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Martin Ouellette  LV
  2. Taylor Leier  LV
  3. Bud Holloway  STJ

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RECAP | IceCaps – Marlies: A Bitter Defeat [with AUDIO]

Saturday March 29, 2016 
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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0-4

MARLIES
Toronto

Photo by Rabita Naqvi | Rocket Sports Media

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Friber – Dumont – Holloway
Hudon – MacMillan – Scherbak
McNally – Ward – Gregoire
Scott – Yogan – Bozon[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Didier – Lernout
Joyaux – Ellis
Parisi – Johnston[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

It was the last game of a long road trip – the final road trip of the regular season.  And it will likely leave the IceCaps with a bitter taste in their mouth on a long flight back to St. John’s.

Not many positives can be taken from this game.  The first period looked hopeful with no penalties taken, shots even at six each.  Newcomer Tom Parisi had some decent shifts, and players put some good shots on Antoine Bibeau.

But then in the second period, the revolving door to the penalty box began – as did the goals against.  The IceCaps took eight trips to the box in total, and the Marlies managed to score on three of those man-advantage opportunities.  John Scott took a four-minute penalty for spearing which kicked off the power play goals for Toronto.

Gabriel Dumont left the ice for a bit in the second period after getting hit from behind and going awkwardly into the glass.  He would reappear in the third period.  Eddie Pasquale did the best he could on a night where he wasn’t getting much support, but the Marlies kept peppering him with pucks.

The IceCaps now have a quick turnaround as they fly back to St. John’s and get ready for a back-to-back series this weekend against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

▼     John Scott, Tim Bozon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 21 Shots 34
0 for 6 Power Play 3 for 8
16 Penalty Minutes 35
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (29-30-8-3) 0 0 0 0
 Marlies (48-15-5-0) 0 2 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:
  • TOR:  Lindberg (11), Gauthier (6), Carrick (14), Leipsic (20)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 11-10-3
  • TOR: Bibeau (W) 24-8-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Antoine Bibeau  TOR
  2. Sam Carrick  TOR
  3. Colin Smith  TOR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

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RECAP | IceCaps – Americans: Strong Victory Rights the Ship

Friday March 25, 2016 
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

5-3

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo courtesy of the Rochester Americans)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

[one_half_last]Joyaux – Ellis
Didier – Lernout
Scott – Johnston[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

IceCaps fans watching tonight’s game may have thought they were experiencing deja vu. Charles Hudon scored first for St. John’s again, assisted by Nikita Scherbak, tying the game early in the first period at 1-1.

In the second period, the IceCaps once again opened up the scoring with two goals by Brandon McNally, and a goal by Morgan Ellis.  Cory Ward added two more assists to his season tally.  Penalties came and went, but the penalty killing unit stood tall and denied every Rochester attempt to put pucks through Eddie Pasquale.

Then, in the final frame, Max Friberg put the IceCaps up 5-1 – just like they started the period on Wednesday night.  And just like the previous game, that’s when the Americans started to mount a comeback, scoring two quick goals.  But Pasquale stood his ground, despite being peppered with 28 shots in the 3rd period, and the IceCaps took this one decisively 5-3.

It was a valiant team win by a group of hockey players who have faced some devastating losses over the last week of the season.  The win should give them a much-needed boost of confidence going into Saturday’s afternoon matinee against the Toronto Marlies at the Air Canada Centre.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Mark MacMillan, Cory Ward, Eddie Pasquale, Brandon McNally, Max Friberg

▼     John Scott, Tim Bozon, Alexandre Ranger

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 32 Shots 46
0 for 4 Power Play 0 for 5
12 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (29-28-8-3) 1 3 1 5
 Americans (32-30-2-1) 1 0 2 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (25), McNally (6), Ellis (14), McNally (7), Friberg (12)
  • RCH:  Nevings (4), Catenacci (12), O’Dell (23)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 11-9-3
  • RCH: Ullmark (L) 10-11-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Brandon McNally  STJ
  2. Max Friberg  STJ
  3. Mark MacMillan  STJ

 Video highlights
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RECAP | IceCaps – Crunch: A Vital Need for Consistency

Saturday March 19, 2016 
Oncenter War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-3

CRUNCH
Syracuse

Photo credit – Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

Some players will say that the games they’re playing right now are like being in the playoffs. In many post-game interviews we’ve heard the phrase, “We’re playing for our lives.”  Every point matters at this time of year, and tonight the IceCaps played against a Crunch team who is chasing St. John’s for that final playoff position.

It was a rough and physical game from the start. Both teams played with a lot of intensity and determination.  But the IceCaps struggled all night to get out of their own end. Syracuse maintained control of much of the game, especially in the second period.

Gabriel Dumont did get his team on the board first, assisted by Brett Lernout and Josiah Didier.  But the opening frame also gave fans a massive fight between Shane Bakker and David Broll.  Bakker didn’t return to the game, injuring a finger in the brawl.

The IceCaps then started taking too many penalties, and although the Crunch didn’t convert any power play opportunities, it kept St. John’s on their heels.  The players also seemed to get frustrated with a number of missed penalty calls against Syracuse.

Eddie Pasquale stood tall in net, facing 39 shots total.  Brandon McNally got one back for his team midway through the third period, but the IceCaps just couldn’t get the puck into the net one more time for the equalizer.  Both benches met at one end of the ice in a massive trash-talking mass after the final horn, providing a likely preview of Sunday’s tilt.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Morgan Ellis, Josiah Didier, Max Friberg, Jeremy Gregoire, Shane Bakker

▼     Tim Bozon, Christopher Joyaux

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 23 Shots 39
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 4
30 Penalty Minutes 28
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (28-26-8-3) 1 0 1 2
 Crunch (26-25-10-3) 1 2 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (18), McNally (5)
  • SYR:  Martindale (1), Martindale (2), Tambellini (23)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 10-8-3
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (W) 10-10-6
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Jeff Tambellini  SYR
  2. Ryan Martindale  SYR
  3. Anthony DeAngelo  SYR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Josiah Didier

Post-game interview with Brandon McNally

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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
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  • “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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IceCaps Recall Tim Bozon and Dalton Thrower from Beast

Bozon and Thrower reassigned to IceCaps
PLAYERS RETURN FROM ECHL AFFILIATE

Bozon Thrower

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 3, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned forward Tim Bozon and defenceman Dalton Thrower to the IceCaps from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Bozon has played 10 games for the IceCaps and 14 for the Beast, recording an assist with the IceCaps and three goals and five assists the Beast. Thrower is scoreless in eight games with the IceCaps and has two helpers in seven contests with the Beast.

Thrower (second round) and Bozon (third round) were drafted by the Canadiens in 2012.

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IceCaps Reassign Tim Bozon, Dalton Thrower to Beast

Bozon, Thrower reassigned to Brampton
PLAYERS HEAD TO ECHL AFFILIATE

Bozon Thrower

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (December 27, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned forward Tim Bozon and defenceman Dalton Thrower from the IceCaps to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Bozon has played nine games for the IceCaps and four for the Beast – recording an assist with each team – while Thrower has skated in five games with the IceCaps and three with the Beast, picking up an assist with the latter.

Thrower (second round) and Bozon (third round) were drafted by the Canadiens in 2012.

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IceCaps Recall Tim Bozon from Brampton Beast

Bozon Reassigned to IceCaps
TIM BOZON RETURNS FROM BRAMPTON

Tim Bozon (Photo by Vincent Éthier)
Tim Bozon (Photo by Vincent Éthier)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 26, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned forward Tim Bozon to the IceCaps from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Bozon recorded an assist in four games with the Beast but has not seen any action with the IceCaps so far this season.

The St. Louis, Mo. native was drafted in the 3rd round, 64th overall by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Bozon, who signed a three-year entry level contract in May 2013, played his amateur hockey with the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice and Kamloops Blazers.

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IceCaps Assign Forward Tim Bozon to Brampton Beast

Bozon Reassigned to Brampton
FORWARD TIM BOZON HEADS TO ECHL AFFILIATE

Tim Bozon (Photo by Vincent Éthier)
Tim Bozon (Photo by Vincent Éthier)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 12, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned forward Tim Bozon from the IceCaps to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Bozon has not seen any action with the IceCaps or Beast so far this season.

The St. Louis, Mo. native was drafted in the 3rd round, 64th overall by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Bozon, who signed a three-year entry level contract in May 2013, played his amateur hockey with the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice and Kamloops Blazers.