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RECAP | IceCaps vs. Senators: Feisty Sens Surprise Tired ‘Caps

Saturday December 5, 2015 
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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SENATORS
Binghamton

Charles Hudon (Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Tokarski
Pasquale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Tim Bozon, 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

Sometimes the games that you are ‘supposed’ to win are the hardest to play.

Fans of the Montreal Canadiens organization divided their attention between the IceCaps and the Habs on Saturday night. The Canadiens were in North Carolina to face the last place team in the Eastern conference of the NHL. They came out on the wrong end of a 3-2 final in Raleigh.

St. John’s was in Binghamton to wrap up their road trip against the Senators, winners of just five games coming into this night. Marc MacMillan opened the scoring just four minutes into the game.  Matt Puempel replied quickly for the Senators.

The Sens started the game with a bit of a chip on their shoulders and were ornery throughout. Just over eight minutes in Jeremy Gregoire tangled with Max McCormick. It was an extended tilt with a flurry of blows. The IceCaps bench took note of McCormick getting in an extra punch to the head while Gregoire was on the ice.

Just two minutes later Mike McCarron put down Nick Tuzzolino with a single solid punch. Tuzzolino left the ice for repairs in the dressing room. The fight was over so quickly that the two were given minors for roughing.

The IceCaps failed to develop any momentum after their first goal. Similarly the one-sided fight did nothing to spark the lethargic offense. And the Senators, who haven’t been in many games this season, seized the chance for a rare win.

The backbreaker for the IceCaps was a Senators goal by Ryan Dzingel with just 85 seconds left in the second period.

The IceCaps are really feeling the impact of injuries and call-ups at this point of the season. They have become a one line offense of Mike McCarron, Charles Hudon and Bud Holloway. While having great season in their own right, McCarron and Hudon play different games and have shown little chemistry playing together.

The IceCaps will return to St. John’s on Sunday with a four game home-stand on the schedule starting on Friday against the Rochester Americans..

▲     Mark MacMillan, Brett Lernout, Jarred Tinordi, Darren Dietz, Mike McCarron

▼     Mark Barberio, Gabriel Dumont, Angelo Miceli

 Statistics 
ICECAPS SENATORS
 28 Shots 30
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 2
26 Penalty Minutes 28
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-6-4-2) 1 0 0 1
 Senators (6-13-2-0) 1 1 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  MacMillan (2)
  • BNG:  Puempel (6), Dzingel (6), McCormick (5), Puempel (7)
  • STJ: Tokarski (L) 3-2-1-0
  • BNG: O’Connor (W) 6-5-2-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Matt O’Connor  STJ
  2. Ryan Dzingel   STJ
  3. Max McCormick  UTI

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “We know what kind of team that they have. In this building they like to play aggressive.”
  • “I’m really proud of what my guys accomplished on this trip.”
  • “We came up short tonight but the winning goal at the end of the second period hurt us, big time, because we were playing good up until that point.”
  • “The last four or five games we have played with seven defencemen so the forwards are tired right now especially guys like Dumont, McCarron, Hudon. I’ve played those guys a lot.”
  • “It’s good to see our guys producing and bringing something to the big club.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Dustin Tokarski

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

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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

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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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IceCaps Charles Hudon Named AHL’s Player of the Week

Hudon named CCM/AHL Player of the Week

Charles Hudon (Photo by Jeff Parsons)
Charles Hudon (Photo by Jeff Parsons)

AHL Media Release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that St. John’s IceCaps center Charles Hudon has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 29, 2015.

With the IceCaps kicking off a six-game road trip, Hudon tallied three goals and three assists in three games during a busy weekend as St. John’s continued to climb up the North Division standings.

Hudon tallied an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss in Rochester on Friday night, then helped St. John’s to a two-game sweep of division-leading Toronto. On Saturday afternoon at Air Canada Centre, Hudon scored twice as the IceCaps downed the Marlies, 6-2. Then on Sunday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum, Hudon recorded a pair of assists before tacking on another goal en route to a 5-1 St. John’s victory, extending the IceCaps’ points streak to eight games (5-0-2-1).

The 21-year-old Hudon ranks seventh in the AHL with 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 21 games for St. John’s this season. He was a member of the AHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2014-15 when he tallied 19 goals and 38 assists for 57 points in 75 games for Hamilton, good for second among all league rookies in scoring. Hudon was also a co-winner of the 2015 AHL All-Star Game MVP award after notching a hat trick for the Western Conference team. A native of Alma, Que., Hudon was a fifth-round draft choice by the Montreal Canadiens in 2012.

In recognition of his achievement, Hudon will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming IceCaps home game.

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IceCaps Hockey Report Interviews Habs Prospect Bud Holloway [VIDEO]

by Amy Johnson, Video Editor/Producer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

Bud Holloway (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

WILKES-BARRE, PA. — IceCaps Hockey Report, sister publication to All Habs Hockey Magazine, had an opportunity to interview St. John’s IceCaps leading scorer Bud Holloway. The interview was conducted during a six-game road trip to Pennsylvania. You can read full reports for each game here.

The interview is below.

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IceCaps Recall Defenceman Josiah Didier from Brampton Beast

Didier recalled to IceCaps
JOSIAH DIDIER RETURNS FROM BRAMPTON

Josiah Didier
Josiah Didier

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 14, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have assigned defenceman Josiah Didier to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The 23-year-old has scored a goal in three games with the Beast so far this season and was scoreless in one outing with the IceCaps.

Didier was signed to a one-year American Hockey League contract in the off-season after completing a professional try out contract (PTO) with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton last season. In 148 career NCAA games with the University of Denver from 2011 to 2015, the Littleton, CO native recorded 29 points (4 goals, 25 assists) and 203 penalty minutes.

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IceCaps Recall Defenceman Dalton Thrower from Brampton Beast

Thrower reassigned to IceCaps
DEFENCEMAN DALTON THROWER RETURNS TO ST. JOHN’S

Dalton Thrower (Photo by RDS)
Dalton Thrower (Photo by RDS)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 15, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned defenceman Dalton Thrower to the IceCaps from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Thrower has registered two penalty minutes in two games with the IceCaps so far this season and an assist and 11 penalty minutes in two contests with the Beast.

The Squamish, B.C. native was drafted in the 2nd round (51st overall) by the Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The 21-year-old, who signed a three-year entry level contract in May 2014, played his amateur hockey with the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades and Vancouver Giants. The six-foot-one, 203-pounder skated in 37 games with the Beast last season.

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IceCaps Assign Defenceman Josiah Didier to Brampton Beast

IceCaps assign Didier to Brampton
DEFENCEMAN JOSIAH DIDIER REASSIGNED TO ECHL AFFILIATE

Josiah Didier
Josiah Didier

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 14, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have assigned defenceman Josiah Didier to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The 23-year-old has scored a goal in three games with the Beast so far this season and was scoreless in one outing with the IceCaps.

Didier was signed to a one-year American Hockey League contract in the off-season after completing a professional try out contract (PTO) with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton last season. In 148 career NCAA games with the University of Denver from 2011 to 2015, the Littleton, CO native recorded 29 points (4 goals, 25 assists) and 203 penalty minutes.

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IceCaps Recall Forward Angelo Miceli from Brampton Beast

Miceli recalled to IceCaps
CENTRE ANGELO MICELI RETURNS FROM BRAMPTON BEAST

Angelo Miceli (Photo by St. John's IceCaps)
Angelo Miceli (Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (Nov. 14, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have recalled centre Angelo Miceli from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The IceCaps signed Miceli to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season in September. The 21-year-old collected three goals and three assists in eight games with the Beast. He scored a goal in three contests with the IceCaps earlier this season.

The five-foot-10, 180-pound pivot spent the previous four seasons with the Victoriaville Tigres of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), capped by a 96-point season that placed him first among Tigres and fifth in league scoring in 2014-15.

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Recap – Marlies vs IceCaps: Thomas Wins It in Overtime

Friday November 13, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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3-2

MARLIES
Toronto

Christian Thomas (Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Carr – McCarron – Holloway
Hudon – Dumont – Andrighetto
Scherbak – Eisenschmid – Thomas
McNally – Gregoire – Fournier[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Ellis
Bennett – Dietz
Hanley – Lernout[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed injury), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

It was the first game for the IceCaps following their six-game road trip that ended last Saturday in Hershey with an exciting comeback win. The week had been spent practicing to prepare for the homestand as well as attend to some of the problems that cropped up while in Pennsylvania. The opponents were the arch-rival Toronto Marlies for the first of 12 games this season.

St. John’s was welcoming Nikita Scherbak back to the lineup after he missed the entire rad trip with a lower-body injury. Unfortunately for the rookie forward, the return would be short-lived. With seven minutes left in the first period, the Marlies’ Viktor Loov delivered a solid shoulder check into the chest of Scherbak as he was coming out of the IceCaps zone. Scherbak missed the rest of the first period, took one shift in the second and wasn’t seen on the ice after that.

The first period ended with no scoring after an entertaining period. It was a great playoff-like atmosphere at the Mile One Centre with an equal mix of Marlies – IceCaps fans. A “Go Leafs Go” chant was loudly heard throughout the night.

St. John’s also lost the service of Markus Eisenschmid as he was on the wrong end of a big hit.  The short bench led to some line juggling as the game went on.

Perhaps suffering a little in the second period from being down to three lines, the Marlies dominated outshooting the IceCaps 16-7. Yet it was St John’s who got the only goal of the second period to take a 1-0 lead. Charles Hudon stretched out to redirect a Bud Holloway shot.  Hudon looked to the rafters after picking up his fifth goal of the season indicative of his relief following a less than stellar performance on the road trip.

The IceCaps dodged a bullet when Nikita Soshnikov blew past Hudon and Mark Barberio only to be thwarted by the pad of Fucale. St. John’s then took a 2-0 lead on a great individual effort from Darren Dietz.

Zach Fucale had a solid game particularly in the second frame making 16 saves but a mistake in the third with 11:13 remaining put the Leafs on the board. Casey Bailey scored into the wide open cage as Fucale had taken himself out of the play, overplaying the puck and sliding well beyond the crease behind the goal line.

The goal gave a boost to the Marlies who ramped up the pressure in the period. Christian Thomas took a bad offensive zone penalty for tripping. It took just 18 seconds for Mark Arcobello to score on the power-play going high glove hand on Fucale. The two teams did not add to their totals ending the third period in a 2-2 tie.

In overtime, Thomas atoned for his costly penalty by rifling a shot from the faceoff dot blocker side on Garret Sparks. Fucale picked up an assist as he banked a pass off the boards to Thomas.

It was the second straight win for the IceCaps in extra time. After giving up a two-goal third period lead, it was also another character test passed successfully for the young team.

The same teams play again on Saturday at Mile One to complete the two-game series.

▲     Zach Fucale, Morgan Ellis, Bud Holloway, Sven Andrighetto, Darren Dietz

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 29 Shots 38
1 for 2 Power Play 1 for 3
13 Penalty Minutes 11
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (8-5-1-1) 0 1 1 1 3
 Marlies (10-3-1-0) 0 0 2 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (5), Dietz (3), Thomas (6)
  • TOR:  Bailey (2), Arcobello (4)
  • STJ: Fucale (W)  6-2-0
  •  TOR: Sparks (L)  5-2-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Zachary Fucale  STJ
  2. Christian Thomas  STJ
  3. Victor Loov  TOR

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “It was geography. It was playing them 36 times in three years, and that’s not counting the times they played each other before I was there. It’s because they’re division rivals, big-club rivals.”

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IceCaps Recall Forward Mark MacMillan from Brampton Beast

IceCaps recall MacMillan from Brampton
FORWARD MARK MACMILLAN RETURNS FROM ECHL AFFILIATE

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 13, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned forward Mark MacMillan to the IceCaps from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

MacMillan had two goals and three assists in six games with the Beast so far this season. He was scoreless in one contest with the IceCaps.

The Penticton, B.C. native was a fourth-round draft pick of the Canadiens in 2010. Named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defensive forward of the year in 2014-15 with the University of North Dakota, MacMillan was signed to a two-year NHL entry level contract in April, 2015.