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RECAP | IceCaps – Senators: Holloway With an Amazing Save [VIDEO]

Saturday February 20, 2016 
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-4

SENATORS
Binghamton

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Scherbak – McCarron – Holloway
McNally – MacMillan – Friberg
Scott – Bozon – Rankin
Bakker – Miceli – Ranger [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Jeremy Gregoire, Ryan Johnston, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Gabriel Dumont (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

Friday night’s loss in Binghamton left the IceCaps looking for a solution to the persistent problem of how to get a win against the Senators.  They came out in Saturday night’s game with a lot of energy, obviously frustrated with their inability to find a way to get pucks past Chris Driedger.

That frustration spilled over early on in a game that saw three fights and a number of boarding and roughing calls.  Darren Dietz, Shane Bakker, and Michael McCarron all dropped the gloves with opponents. Senators captain Zach Stortini tried numerous times to get John Scott to go as well, but with no luck.

Casey Bailey got the home team on the board late in the first period after McCarron made a bad drop pass behind the net to a Binghamton player who fed the puck right to Bailey in the slot. After that, the goals kept coming for the Senators and it wasn’t until the third period when the IceCaps finally got on the scoreboard with a goal by Morgan Ellis.

The third period looked like a completely different game, with St. John’s getting 19 shots on goal compared to a cumulative nine shots on goal in the first forty minutes.

A highlight reel moment came in the dying moments of the game as Bud Holloway sprawled across the ice deflecting the puck with an outstretched stick away from the IceCaps empty net.

Once again, however, it was too little too late and the IceCaps left the ice with another loss.

The Icecaps continue their road trip by heading to Albany next for a game against the Devils on Wednesday night.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Mark MacMillan

▼     Nikita Scherbak, Michael McCarron

 Statistics 
ICECAPS SENATORS
 28 Shots 24
0 for 4 Power Play 1 for 4
22 Penalty Minutes 22
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (23-21-7-3) 0 0 1 1
 Senators (20- 28-3-0) 1 2 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Ellis (12)
  • BNG:  Bailey (6), O’Dell (18), Claesson (3), Robinson (11)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 6-6-3
  • BNG: Driedger (W) 14-12-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Eric O’Dell  BNG
  2. Chris Driedger  BNG
  3. Frederik Claesson  BNG

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

Post-game interview with Nikita Scherbak

 

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RECAP | Marlies – IceCaps: Cupid Misfires on Valentine’s Day

Sunday February 14, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

1-2

MARLIES
Toronto

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Mac Bennett, Jeremy Gregoire, Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed), Gabriel Dumont (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

It’s been a good homestand for the IceCaps this time around, winning their last three games consecutively.  But on this Valentine’s Day afternoon, the league-leading Marlies weren’t planning on giving the home team a clean sweep of the series.

Shots on goal were pretty even in the first period as the goaltenders Garret Sparks and Eddie Pasquale kept both teams out of the net.

Then Brett Findlay found mesh for his second goal of the season just five minutes into the second period.  Discipline problems crept back in for the IceCaps as a parade to the penalty box seemed unending.  Findlay solved Pasquale yet again in the third period as the Marlies continued to pepper the St. John’s goalie mercilessly.

Bud Holloway continued his heroics from the previous night and blasted home a shot from the blue line late in the third period on a power play.  The IceCaps scrambled to try to find a way to even the score before the final horn, but couldn’t make it happen.

Gabriel Dumont was not in the lineup today, having left the game in the third period last night.  The IceCaps now head out on their next road trip. First up is a visit to Syracuse to take on the crunch before heading to Binghamton for a back-to-back series Friday and Saturday night.

▲     Bud Holloway, Eddie Pasquale, Michael McCarron, Morgan Ellis

▼     John Scott

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 29 Shots 46
1 for 4 Power Play 0 for 6
14 Penalty Minutes 14
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (22-19-7-3) 0 0 1 1
 Marlies (38-9-4-0) 0 1 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Holloway (15)
  • TOR:  Findlay (2), Findlay (3)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 6-5-3
  • TOR: Sparks (W) 11-3-3
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Brett Findlay  TOR
  2. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  3. Garret Sparks  TOR

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 Post-game interview
 

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RECAP | Comets – IceCaps: Strong Showing Ends In OT Loss

Saturday February 6, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-3

COMETS
Utica

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

A very different-looking IceCaps team took the ice in St. John’s on Saturday night. Different not only because Michael McCarron was moved to right wing, Jacob de la Rose to the left wing, and Nikita Scherbak still at center, but also because the team came out with a surge of energy and intensity not recently seen.

McCarron was obviously simmering as he took a boarding penalty just over 30 seconds into the game.  Newcomer Shane Bakker then dropped the gloves and put a definitive stamp on his debut with the club.  De la Rose had something to prove as well, and scored the opening goal assisted by Gabriel Dumont and McCarron.

Less than a minute before the end of the period, the Comets tied things up on a power play.  The second period was played very tightly, with no goals added to the scoreboard, but plenty of penalties on both sides.

That carried over into the third period until Dumont potted a goal of his own, allowing the IceCaps to regain their one-goal lead.  Through a series of penalties, the home team struggled to maintain control of the game but the Comets managed to tie things up once again as the final minutes of the game wound down.  It took just five seconds in overtime for Brendan Gaunce to seal the win for Utica.

The IceCaps return to the ice Tuesday night to take on the Syracuse Crunch when they visit St. John’s.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Jacob de la Rose, Gabriel Dumont

▼     Victor Bartley

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 34 Shots 29
0 for 4 Power Play 1 for 6
19 Penalty Minutes 15
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (19-18-7-3) 1 0 1 0 2
 Comets (22-17-3-3) 1 0 1 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  de la Rose (4), Dumont (13)
  • UTI:  Landry (5), Gaunce (11), Gaunce (12)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 6-4-3
  • UTI: Cannata (W) 12-9-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Brendan Gaunce   UTI
  2. Gabriel Dumont   STJ
  3. Jon Landry  UTI

 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

St.JohnsIceCaps

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 – Pirates: Suffering a Season Sweep

Friday January 29, 2016 
Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, ME

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-4

PORTLAND
Pirates

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – Scherbak – Andrighetto
Lessio – McCarron – Holloway
Bournival – De la Rose – Dumont
MacMillan – Eisenschmid – Friberg [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: John Scott, Josiah Didier, Jeremy Gregoire, Victor Bartley (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

The Portland Pirates certainly can boast that they have the IceCaps’ number.  They closed out the season series with a sweep against St. John’s. And each game seemed to unfold with a high number of goals against the IceCaps.

The visitors came out a little stronger than they had been on Wednesday night, but still without the right formula to solve goaltender Mike McKenna.  To make matters worse, Markus Eisenschmid took a big hit early in the first period and went off the ice accompanied by the trainer. He did not return to the game.

Bud Holloway returned to the lineup after missing a couple of weeks with injury. He made his mark in the second period by potting a power play goal to tie the game.

But in the third period, yet again, the Pirates ramped things up and Rocco Grimaldi scored a pair of goals along with one by Rob Schremp.  Mark MacMillan snuck one past McKenna with just two seconds left in the game but it was too little too late.

The IceCaps head right to Hartford for a Saturday night matchup against the Wolf Pack to finish out the road trip. Morgan Ellis and Michael McCarron will then head to Syracuse to take part in the 2016 AHL All-Star Classic.

▲     Bud Holloway

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PIRATES
 29 Shots 35
1 for 5 Power Play 1 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (19-16-6-3) 0 1 0 1
 Pirates (26-15-1-0) 1 0 3 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Holloway (12)
  • POR:  Gaunce (2), Grimaldi (8), Schremp (17), Grimaldi (9)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 6-4-2
  • POR: McKenna (W) 21-8-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Rocco Grimaldi   POR
  2. Mike McKenna  POR
  3. Rob Schremp  POR

 Video highlights
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RECAP | IceCaps – Devils: Full Steam Ahead

Saturday January 23, 2016 
Times Union Center, Albany, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-1

DEVILS
Albany

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Mac Bennett, Victor Bartley (day-to-day), Bud Holloway (day-to-day)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (indefinite)

Game Report

While the blizzard impacting much of the eastern coast of the United States dumped massive amounts of snow just south of Albany, the IceCaps and Devils took to the ice at Times Union Center for a rematch of last night’s game.  St. John’s looked to continue their success from the previous game, and came out strong against Albany.

Eddie Pasquale and Scott Wedgewood were the two goaltenders protecting their respective nets, and they were the key to the game right off the bat.  Lucas Lessio had a couple of good chances on breakaways, but Wedgewood denied him each time.  The first line of Lessio, Michael McCarron, and Nikita Scherbak also drove hard to the net on a three-man rush, but Wedgewood stood strong against Scherbak’s shot.

Then in the second period, the IceCaps found a way past the opposing goalie.  Max Friberg slid a perfect pass over to Gabriel Dumont to get the visitors on the board.  The first line continued to impress, with multiple odd-man rushes which came close to adding to the goal tally.  Finally, on a power play, Charles Hudon and McCarron connected with Sven Andrighetto to make a 2-0 game.

Tempers flared and while there was only one actual fight, things got very tense on the ice at times.  Albany battled back, scoring a goal on the man advantage, but Pasquale and the entire team clamped down and held their lead to defeat the Devils once again.

The IceCaps next head to Portland, Maine for games against the Pirates on Wednesday and Friday before heading back to Connecticut to take on the Hartford Wolfpack on Saturday.

▲     Nikita Scherbak, Max Friberg, Lucas Lessio, Michael McCarron, Eddie Pasquale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS DEVILS
 22 Shots 33
1 for 3 Power Play 1 for 2
21 Penalty Minutes 23
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (18-14-6-3) 0  2 0 2
 Devils (23-10-6-0) 0  0  1 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (12), Andrighetto (10)
  • ALB:  Mozik (2)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 6-3-2
  • ALB: Wedgewood (L) 6-2-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  2. Gabriel Dumont  STJ
  3. Dan Kelly  ALB

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

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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

St.JohnsIceCaps

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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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

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RECAP | IceCaps – Marlies: Pressure Pays Off

Sunday December 27, 2015 
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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5-4

MARLIES
Toronto

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Eric Neilson, Mark Barberio, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

The IceCaps got right back to work this afternoon with another matinee matchup against the Toronto Marlies.  After spending the first few minutes of the game with both teams testing each other out, action started to pick up when the IceCaps drew the game’s first power play.  Pasquale’s best save of the period came with just under 7 minutes left in the period as Viktor Loov curled around in the zone, found some empty space and wired a shot but Pasquale flashed the leather. Just over a minute and a half later, Zach Hyman opened the scoring for the Marlies as he tapped in a loose puck at the goal mouth. As the period wound down, Bournival scored a power play goal to tie the game, his first of the season, with assists from Gabriel Dumont and Darren Dietz.

The IceCaps started the second period by killing off the remainder of a Mac Bennett penalty he took at the end of the first period.  After the Marlies went up by a goal once again, the IceCaps really started to pick up the physical play.

With 12 minutes left in the second period, the IceCaps only had 2 shots on goal and the Marlies had made it 3-1 on a goal from Justin Holl off the ensuing faceoff. Under a minute later, Charles Hudon fed Bud Holloway who sent a beautiful saucer pass over to Joel Hanley who pushed the puck past Ray Emery.

Early in the final frame, Bud Holloway tied things up at 3-3.  The IceCaps came out this period far more engaged, looking like the momentum they had at the end of the previous period had carried over. Jacob de la Rose potted his second goal of the season to give the IceCaps their first lead of the game.

The Marlies applied pressure throughout the third, looking to even things up on the scoreboard but Eddie Pasquale and the St. John’s defense were clicking.  After a Toronto timeout with just under two minutes remaining, the Marlies tied things up off a point shot from Rinat Valiev.  The IceCaps didn’t give up and 50 seconds later Gabriel Dumont managed to squeak a shot through Emery to make it 5-4 for the visiting team and seal the comeback victory.

Earlier in the day Tim Bozon, Angelo Miceli, and Dalton Thrower were sent down to the Brampton Beast.  During the game, the news came out that Mark Barberio had been recalled to the Montreal Canadiens. The IceCaps continue their road trip on Wednesday night with a game against the Rochester Amerks to be played in Buffalo’s First Niagara Center.

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Lucas Lessio, Gabriel Dumont, Bud Holloway, Michael Bournival, Michael McCarron

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 31 Shots 26
1 for 2 Power Play 0 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 4
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (15-8-5-2) 1 1 3 5
 Marlies (24-6-2-0) 1 2 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Bournival (1), Hanley (3), Holloway (8), De La Rose (2), Dumont (7)
  • TOR:  Hyman (6), Leipsic (8), Holl (2), Valiev (3)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 5-1-2
  • TOR: Emery (L) 2-2-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Gabriel Dumont  STJ
  2. Brendan Leipsic  TOR
  3. Bud Holloway  STJ

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  • “(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.”

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IceCaps Reassign Goaltender Eddie Pasquale to Brampton Beast

IceCaps Assign Pasquale to Brampton
NETMINDER EDDIE PASQUALE HEADS TO ECHL AFFILIATE

Eddie Pasquale (Photo by St. John's IceCaps)
Eddie Pasquale (Photo by St. John’s IceCaps)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (December 17, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have assigned goaltender Eddie Pasquale to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Pasquale has posted a 4-1-2 record with the IceCaps, including a 2.23 goals against average and a .935 save percentage. The 25-year-old Toronto native registered a 2-4-1 win-loss record and a shutout with the Beast, including a 3.05 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. He was signed in July to a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.

Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers 117th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Pasquale was traded by the Winnipeg Jets to the Washington Capitals last summer in an exchange of draft picks. However, he sat out the entire 2014-15 season recuperating from hip surgery.