[one_half_last]Dietz – Lernout
Hanley – Johnston
Brown – Didier[/one_half_last]
Scratches: Angelo Miceli, Mac Bennett, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed) Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
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
Scratches: Alexandre Ranger, Shane Bakker, Travis Brown, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Gabriel Dumont (undisclosed) Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)
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
IceCaps Recall Travis Brown from Brampton
DEFENCEMAN BROWN CALLED UP FROM ECHL
St. John’s IceCaps Media Release
ST. JOHN’S, NL (February 23, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have recalled defenceman Travis Brown from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.
The 21-year-old rookie has scored seven goals and 20 points in 51 games with the Beast this season.
Chosen originally by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 149th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Brown signed a one-year, two-way American Hockey League contract with the IceCaps in August.
The six-foot-two, 200-pound blueliner split the previous four seasons between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
BRAMPTON, ON — On May 28, 2105, the Brampton Beast of the ECHL, announced that the Montreal Canadiens and the St. John’s IceCaps would be their NHL and AHL affiliates respectively. On October 16th, the Beast began their second season in the ECHL, the first as a partner of the Canadiens organization. The Beast have started the season with a record of 0-4-1 through their first five games.
The Brampton Beast have six Habs prospects on their roster with Stefan Fournier and Mark MacMillan signed to contracts by the Canadiens. MacMillan was inked to a two-year entry-level contract by GM Marc Bergevin on April 12, 2015.
Travis Brown, Angelo Miceli, Eddie Pasquale and Josiah Didier are all signed to AHL deals (one-year, two-way) by the St. John’s IceCaps.
Angelo Miceli – Center (3 GP, 1 G, 1 A)
Angelo Miceli was a star for the Canadiens at both of the development camp and their rookie camp back in September, shortly after the rookie camp, Miceli was signed by the St.John’s IceCaps to an AHL/ECHL deal. Miceli scored his first professional goal in his second career AHL game. After the IceCaps third game, he was assigned to the Brampton Beast where he would be getting more ice-time and being able to work on his game more with this being his first professional season.
You can find my feature on Beast forward Angelo Miceli here.
Mark MacMillan – Right Wing/Center ( 2 GP, 0 G, 0 A)
Mark MacMillan was the Montreal Canadiens 4th round pick from the 2010 NHL draft. MacMillan played with the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs in his draft year, upon being drafted, MacMillan spent the next four seasons at the University of North Dakota. During MacMillan’s time at the University of North Dakota, he won and was nominated for several athletes, along with being named an Assistant Captain in his final season which was cut short due to an injury. MacMillan is a 6’0 versatile forward who is now looking to make an impact in his first professional season. He has only played in 2 of the 4 Brampton Beast games so far this season but he will figure in more and as he adjusts to the professional game, points will come.
Josiah Didier – Defenceman ( 2 GP, 1 G, 1 A)
The Littleton, Colorado native was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL draft by the Montreal Canadiens, he played for the University of Denver for 4 years before playing 8 games for the Canadiens former AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, he notched 1 point in those games. Didier stands at 6’3 and weighs 218 pounds. So far the hulking rearguard has 2 points in 2 games with the Beast. Didier is your typical defensive defenceman, he plays physical, he excels at blocking shots and playing on the penalty kill.
Stefan Fournier – Right Wing (2 GP, 0 G, 0 A)
Stefan Fournier was signed as a free agent by general manager Marc Bergevin on July 6th, 2013, he was signed to a standard three-year entry-level deal by the Canadiens. Now in the final year of his ELC, Fournier looks to impress Canadiens management by having a strong start to the season in the ECHL, he will be getting lots of ice-time to produce in Brampton. He is a big body who isn’t afraid to hit and play a physical game. If Fournier doesn’t produce this season, this may be his only shot with the Canadiens organization.
Travis Brown – Defenceman (4 GP, 2 G, 0 A)
Travis Brown was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks as a 5th round pick in the 2012 NHL draft. In August of 2015, Brown signed an AHL/ECHL deal with the St.John’s IceCaps, the same deal Angelo Miceli signed. Brown has had a strong start to the season for the Beast, he has notched 2 goals in 4 games, even though he is a minus-1 on the season. Brown is a product out of the WHL, he split time through 4 seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Victoria Royals, he had very good junior numbers as well. Brown was also one of the prospects the Montreal Canadiens had at the rookie tournament, Brown will see more ice time in Brampton and has time to better his game, he is a good addition to the Beast who figure to be competitive this season.
Edward Pasquale – Goalie (Record 0-2-1, 4.42 GAA, .866 sv%)
Edward Pasquale is a 25 year old goalie who has spent most of his professional career with the St.John’s IceCaps. Pasquale has posted better numbers in the AHL then he has the ECHL however he was the goalie that was sent to the Beast in favor of Zach Fucale and Dustin Tokarski splitting time with the IceCaps. Pasquale was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers-now-Winnipeg Jets franchise in the 4th round of the 2009 NHL entry draft. Pasquale is set to get the brunt of the starts with the Beast this season.
The Brampton Beast hope to have a competitive season as it is their first as an NHL affiliate. The 6 Canadiens prospects look to be a big part in the Beast’s success this season. For anyone wanting to check up on how the Canadiens organization prospects are doing, Beast games are always a good time and now with some potential NHLers in the fold, there shouldn’t be a reason not to go if you’re in the area. Angelo Miceli and the Brampton Beast play next on Friday October 30, 2015 against the Tolledo Walleye at 7:15 pm.
IceCaps assign Pasquale, Brown to Brampton
ICECAPS TRIM ROSTER AHEAD OF HOME OPENER
St. John’s IceCaps MEDIA RELEASE
MONTREAL, QUEBEC (October 13, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have assigned goaltender Eddie Pasquale and defenceman Travis Brown to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.
Both Pasquale and Brown were signed to one-year, two-way American Hockey League contacts in the off-season. Neither player dressed for the IceCaps first two regular-season games last weekend.
IceCaps single-game tickets are on sale now, and are still available for opening weekend, Oct. 16-17 vs. the Rochester Americans. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Mile One Centre box office (noon-5 p.m.), by phone at 709-576-7657 (noon-5:30 p.m.), or online at www.mileonecentre.com.
IceCaps send reinforcements, Beast get Pasquale, Brown
Brampton Beast Media Release
BRAMPTON, ON – The Brampton Beast, proud ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, announced Tuesday that goaltender Eddie Pasquale and defenseman Travis Brown have been reassigned from the St. John’s IceCaps to the Beast.
The duo has arrived in Brampton and will be ready to hit the ice when the Beast kick off their second season in the ECHL against the Manchester Monarchs on Friday, October 16.
Pasquale, a Toronto native, was a fan favourite in St. John’s during his tenure with the Winnipeg Jets organization between 2011-12 and 2013-14 and was an AHL standout, collecting 55 wins in 112 games played in his three seasons on the Rock.
Considered a top-notch legitimate NHL prospect, Pasquale was red hot during his rookie season in the American Hockey League. The 6’2” goaltender was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team and took home AHL Player of the Week honours for the week of February 12.
Pasquale has spent the majority of his career in the AHL, but did suit up for 12 games in the ECHL with the Gwinnett Gladiators in 2011-12.
The Beast’s blue line got stronger and deeper on Tuesday as defenceman Travis Brown joined Pasquale on the trip from St. John’s.
Entering his first season as a professional, Brown completed his junior hockey career in 2014-15 with an exceptional year, helping the Victoria Royals to the second round of the WHL playoffs with a stellar 18 goals and 39 assists in 71 regular season contests.
A fifth round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012, the 21-year-old rearguard is considered a potent two-way force, as evidenced by his career junior point totals (48G, 133A) split between the Royals and Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Brampton Beast start the 2015-16 season on the road but that doesn’t mean you have to miss the team’s Season Opener. The Beast are hosting a Watch Party at the Powerade Centre on Friday, October 16 starting at 6:30pm. Later in the week, head back to the Powerade Centre for Fan Fest, taking place on Sunday, October 18. Get your free tickets at BramptonBeast.com.
Travis Brown participated in the Canadiens Development camp in July at Brossard.
IceCaps sign former Blackhawks pick Brown
St. John’s IceCaps PRESS RELEASE
MONTREAL, QC. – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed defenseman Travis Brown to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.
Chosen by the Chicago Blackhawks with the 149th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the six-foot-two, 200-pound blueliner split the past four seasons between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Last year was Brown’s best as a junior, as the 21-year-old collected 18 goals and 57 points in 71 games with the Royals. Overall, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native rang up 181 points in 281 WHL career contests. Brown attended the Montreal Canadiens development camp in July at Brossard, Quebec and will also participate with the Canadiens in a four-team, NHL rookie tournament in September at London, Ontario.