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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

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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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ROSTER MOVE: Canadiens Recall Defenceman Victor Bartley

Bartley recalled to Montreal
VICTOR BARTLEY HEADS TO HABS

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

MONTREAL, QC — The Montreal Canadiens have recalled defenceman Victor Bartley from the IceCaps.

Acquired by the Canadiens last month – along with John Scott – in a trade involving both the Nashville Predators and Arizona Coyotes, Bartley has scored two goals and four points in 10 games with St. John’s.

The six-foot, 215-pounder was never drafted but signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators in 2011. The 27-year-old Ottawa native has played 112 NHL games, all with the Predators.

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RECAP | Crunch – IceCaps: Celebrating Back-to-Back Wins

Wednesday February 10, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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4-3

CRUNCH
Syracuse

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – Scherbak – Holloway
Friberg – McCarron – Dumont
McNally – MacMillan – Bozon
Bakker – Miceli – Ranger[/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Mac Bennett, Dalton Thrower, John Scott, Jeremy Gregoire, Josiah Didier, Michael Bournival (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

The Syracuse Crunch were hungry for payback. They had failed to score a goal in the previous night’s game against the IceCaps, and the St. John’s team wanted to keep them down.  Victor Bartley got things going for the hometown fans at Mile One Centre early in the first period with his first goal of the season, coming to him on the power play.

Then things got really testy on the ice.  A six-player fight broke out, with Michael McCarron, Darren Dietz, and Gabriel Dumont all throwing off the gloves and taking a Crunch player to task.  The IceCaps managed to get a man advantage out of the scrap, and Mark MacMillan capitalized on the power play.

But before the first period could come to an end, Syracuse managed to even the score.  Zach Fucale had to stand tall throughout the second period as he faced more than twice the shots then his opponent at the other end of the ice.  Shane Bakker was ejected from the game on a match penalty for boarding, and things were not looking good for the IceCaps.

Nikita Scherbak, however, did not give up and tallied another power play goal in the third period to knot the score at three-aside.  He, Dumont, and Morgan Ellis would be selected to start the overtime period that followed.  Charles Hudon sped up the ice on a breakaway and fired the puck from the slot to put a stamp on the game and give the IceCaps another win.

Jacob de la Rose was recalled by the Montreal Canadiens prior to the game starting.  The IceCaps return to the ice on Saturday to take on the Toronto Marlies.

▲     Zach Fucale, Nikita Scherbak, Morgan Ellis

▼     Shane Bakker, Angelo Miceli

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 19 Shots 39
3 for 5 Power Play 1 for 3
39 Penalty Minutes 30
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (21-18-7-3) 2 0 1 1 4
 Crunch (19-20-9-1) 2 1 0 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Bartley (1), MacMillan (6), Scherbak (5), Hudon (15)
  • SYR: Koekkoek (4), Blujus (4), Yogan (3)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 12-11-3
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (L) 8-9-5
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Charles Hudon   STJ
  2. Zach Fucale   STJ
  3. Slater Koekkoek   SYR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre
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RECAP | Comets – IceCaps: Road Woes Continue at Home

Friday February 5, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-5

COMETS
Utica

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – Scherbak – Holloway
De la Rose – McCarron – Friberg
MacMillan – Dumont – Bozon
McNally – Miceli – Ranger [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bartley – Ellis
Hanley – Lernout
Johnston – Dietz
Fucale[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: John Scott, Shane Bakker, Jeremy Gregoire, Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Michael Bournival, Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

After enjoying some time off for the AHL All-Star break, the IceCaps found themselves back on home ice Friday night ready to get back to hockey and finding their way into the win column.  The Utica Comets came to town, however, looking to upset those plans.

Despite General Manager Marc Bergevin being on hand to watch his farm team, the IceCaps fell flat right out of the gate.  Within the first five minutes of the game, Zach Fucale allowed three goals on just four shots. Two of them were exceptionally soft, and the third was a defensive breakdown leaving Hunter Shinkaruk all alone in front of the net.  That earned Fucale a spot on the bench as Eddie Pasquale came in to relieve him.

Bud Holloway gave the home team some hope late in the period when he potted a power play goal, with assists from Charles Hudon and Morgan Ellis.  The good feelings didn’t last long, however, when Carter Bancks scored to give the Comets their three-goal lead back.

Utica continued its offensive assault in the third period, and although Jacob de la Rose netted his third goal of the year late in the period, the final score once again reflected a comeback mountain too steep to climb.

Victor Bartley returned to the lineup tonight after suffering an injury in his first game with St. John’s a couple of weeks ago.  In addition, Alexandre Ranger debuted for the IceCaps tonight after being signed to a PTO by the team this week.  The IceCaps return to the ice Saturday night for a rematch with the Utica Comets.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Bud Holloway, Morgan Ellis

▼     Gabriel Dumont, Zach Fucale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 42 Shots 32
2 for 9 Power Play 0 for 4
23 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (19-18-6-3) 1 0 1 2
 Comets (21-17-3-3) 3 1 1 5
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Holloway (13), de la Rose (3)
  • UTI:  Hamilton (5), LaBate (4), Shinkaruk (18), Bancks (7), Hamilton (6)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 10-11-3
  • UTI: Bachman (W) 9-7-3
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Richard Bachman   UTI
  2. Wacey Hamilton   UTI
  3. Carter Bancks  UTI

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

 

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RECAP | IceCaps – Sound Tigers: Out of Sync

Wednesday January 20, 2016 
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-3

SOUND TIGERS
Bridgeport

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Jeremy Gregoire, Bud Holloway (day-to-day)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp – undisclosed (indefinite)

Game Report

It would have been understandable if the IceCaps began the game a little lethargically. It was the first game of a six-game road trip ahead of the All-Star break. The team had bused in from Boston following their flight from St. John’s. And there was a distinct lack of energy in a building where the fans numbered in the hundreds, not thousands.

But to their credit, the IceCaps came out of the gate skating. That said, it was a little like a first date: plenty of enthusiasm but not really in sync. Given all the recent changes to the roster, it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

The lack of chemistry showed as linemates made poor decisions in their passing choices and shot selection.

Two players made their IceCaps debuts: defenceman Victor Bartley and the now infamous John Scott, both part of the Jarred Tinordi trade. Bartley was reassigned from the parent club on Wednesday after watching from the press box. Scott was only too happy to get back on the ice after taking a barrage of questions about the All-Star weekend.

Bartley looked nervous to start but otherwise moved the puck well. His first game was cut short by an injury that occurred in the second period. Scott had a couple of hits and drew a penalty in his infrequent shifts but otherwise had an unremarkable game.

As has been the case throughout the season, IceCaps were let down by goaltending and their power-play.  And the St. John’s penalty-killers allowed a goal to the worst power-play in the league.

The bottom line is that the IceCaps did not get the save that they needed with 20.1 seconds remaining in overtime.

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.

▲     Max Friburg, Ryan Johnston, Gabriel Dumont, Michael Bournival, Darren Dietz

▼     Nikita Scherbak, Zach Fucale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS SOUND TIGERS
 40 Shots 28
0 for 7 Power Play 1 for 5
12 Penalty Minutes 14
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (17-14-6-3) 1 1 0 0 2
 Sound Tigers (20-19-2-1) 1 1 0 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Friberg (7), Andrighetto (8)
  • BRI:  Vaive (9), Rowe (1), Beck (11)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 9-8-3
  • BRI: Berube (W) 1-1-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Taylor Beck  BRI
  2. Sven Andrighetto  STJ
  3. Andrew Rowe  BRI

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

Post-game interview with John Scott

Post-game interview with Max Friburg

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

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RECAP | Marlies – IceCaps: Still Winless in the Homestand

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

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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3-6

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:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Mac Bennett, Jeremy Gregoire, John Scott, Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

The IceCaps haven’t had a good run of things at home this week, losing all four games they’ve played at Mile One Centre since returning from their last road trip.  Tonight’s game needed to be successful, especially given the roster and line combo upheaval the IceCaps and their parent team, the Montreal Canadiens, had experienced during the previous 24 hours.

To recap the roster moves and trades, Jacob de la Rose was recalled to the Montreal Canadiens, Daniel Carr and Sven Andrighetto were reassigned to the IceCaps, Brandon McNally was reassigned to the Brampton Beast, the Canadiens traded Jarred Tinordi and Stefan Fournier to Arizona in exchange for John Scott and Victor Bartley, and Eric Neilson was released from his PTO.  Bartley stayed with Montreal, but Scott is due to report to the IceCaps on Sunday.  Nikita Scherbak came back from injury for this game, and Ryan Johnston made his pro debut coming off IR from back surgery.

Less than a minute into the game Eddie Pasquale gave up a goal on the the Marlies’ first shot on goal, by Brendan Leipsic.  It was soon followed by another one and St. John’s found themselves down 2-0.  The reunited first line of Carr, Michael McCarron, and Bud Holloway rediscovered their chemistry pretty quickly, though, and connected to give Holloway the first IceCaps goal of the night.  Less than 60 seconds later Charles Hudon fires a laser through Antoine Bibeau and the game was tied 2-2.

But before the end of the first period, Leipsic would find the back of the net again, as would Nikita Soshnikov.  Pasquale was pulled from net again, and the IceCaps looked to find an answer that simply wouldn’t surface.  Discipline proved to be a problem as the game wore on, with St. John’s taking six consecutive minor penalties through the first and second periods alone.

Leipsic would add insult to injury in the second period by earning himself a hat trick. Another Toronto goal after that proved to be an insurmountable comeback for the IceCaps even with a late game goal by Carr.  The IceCaps face the Marlies again on Sunday for a matinee game at Mile One.

▲     Daniel Carr, Sven Andrighetto, Bud Holloway, Michael McCarron

▼     Eddie Pasquale, Brett Lernout

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 33 Shots 21
0 for 2 Power Play 2 for 8
26 Penalty Minutes 16
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (16-14-5-3) 2 0 1 3
 Marlies (31-7-2-0) 4 1 1 6
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Holloway (11), Hudon (12), Carr (9)
  • TOR:  Leipsic (9), Rupert (6), Soshnikov (13), Leipsic (10), Leipsic (11), Findlay (1)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 5-3-2
  • TOR: Bibeau (W) 13-4-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Brendan Leipsic  TOR
  2. TJ Brennan  TOR
  3. Daniel Carr  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “(Need to improve) the execution, reads, the better choice of plays. Sometimes tonight we forced plays a little too much.”
  • “We skated yesterday. You know the first period I thought we came out pretty good, then the second period we seemed to be flat.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

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TRADE | Canadiens Acquire Scott and Bartley from Coyotes

Canadiens deal Tinordi and IceCap Fournier to Coyotes
JOHN SCOTT TO JOIN ICECAPS

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the acquisition of defenseman Victor Bartley and forward John Scott from the Arizona Coyotes, in return for defenseman Jarred Tinordi and IceCaps forward Stefan Fournier. Scott will join the IceCaps.

Bartley, 27, appeared in one game with Nashville this season, totaling two hits and five blocked shots. He added one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 14 games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. The 6’0’’ and 215 lb defenseman has posted 23 points (1 goal, 22 assists), 55 penalty minutes and a +2 differential in 112 career regular season games in the NHL. In 162 career games in the AHL, Bartley has collected 68 points (18 goals, 50 assists) and 121 penalty minutes.

A native of Ottawa, Bartley, acquired earlier today by the Coyotes, first joined the Predators on May 24, 2011 as a free agent. A product of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers and Regina Pats, he recorded 168 points (36 goals, 132 assists) in 336 games at the junior level.

Scott, 33, has registered one assist, 20 hits and 25 penalty minutes in 11 games thus far this season with Arizona. The 6’8’’ and 260 lb forward has posted 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) and 542 penalty minutes in 285 career regular season games with the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Coyotes.

A native of Edmonton, Scott joined the Coyotes on July 10, 2015 as a free agent. A product of the WCHA’s Michigan Tech Huskies, he totaled 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 126 games at the collegiate level.

The 23-year old Jarred Tinordi registered five penalty minutes in three games with the Canadiens thus far this season. He also added two assists in six games with the IceCaps. The Burnsville, Minnesota native was the Canadiens’ first round pick, 22nd overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The 23-year old Stefan Fournier produced seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) and 65 penalty minutes in 24 games with St. John’s thus far this season. The Dorval, Quebec native added one assist and 19 penalty minutes in five games with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast. Fournier first signed a contract with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 6, 2013.