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Recap – IceCaps vs Penguins: Learning to Play Sixty Minutes

Wednesday November 4, 2015 
Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-5

PENGUINS
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

(Photo by KDP Studio)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Ryan Johnston (hernia), Mark MacMillan, Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Connor Crisp, Tim Bozon (shoulder)
Injured reserve:

Game Report

The IceCaps were facing one of the top teams in the AHL early this season. Coming into the game, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins had lost just once, to go along with their seven wins.  After a strong start, St. John’s struggled at times to put together a sixty-minute game on the road trip.

On Wednesday night, the first period was played rather evenly. Shots on goal were 12-10 by the IceCaps with each team scoring once. Mike McCarron picked up his team leading sixth goal on the power-play.

Skipping ahead to the third period, the IceCaps were dominant, particularly the line of Daniel Carr – Mike McCarron – Christian Thomas who had 13 shots combined. St. John’s outshot the Penguins 21-5.

So that leaves the second period. The IceCaps finished the second frame well but in the first four minutes, Zach Fucale gave up three goals on three shots. It’s fair to say that Fucale would have liked two of the goals back.

At the 3:29 mark of the first period Sylvain Lefebvre made a change sending in backup Eddie Pasquale to relieve Fucale. In just over 23 minutes of work, Fucale gave up four goals on 13 shots.

The IceCaps are a young, speedy, talented team. But they have been prone to mistakes and mental lapses. And on this road trip, they have proven to be costly.

Greg Pateryn has joined the IceCaps for a two-week conditioning stint. Pateryn was on the ice for three of the Penguins goals finishing the game at minus-2. On the first Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goal, Pateryn may have been guilty of trying to do too much. But he was physical and moved the puck well.

The IceCaps face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins once again on Friday with the finale to the road trip coming on Saturday against the Hershey Bears.

▲     Mike McCarron, Daniel Carr, Christian Thomas, Brett Lernout, Bud Holloway, Jacob De La Rose, Jeremy Gregoire

▼      Zach Fucale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PENGUINS
 43 Shots 22
1 for 3 Power Play 1 for 3
8 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (6-4-1-1) 1 0 1 2
 Penguins (8-1-o-0) 1 4 0 5
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  McCarron (6), Thomas (5)
  • WBS:  Kuhnhackl (2), Rowney (3), Dea (3), Kuhnhackl (3), Warsofsky (1)
  • STJ: Fucale (L)  4-2-0, Pasquale
  • WBS: Murray (W)  6-1-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Tom Kuhnhackl  WBS
  2. Jean-Sebastien Dea  WBS
  3. Will O’Neill  WBS

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “I thought we had a good first period, 1-1 after one. In the second period they scored one goal and then two and three. It happened fairly quick.”
  • “I thought that we responded a certain way in the second period and then we responded better in the third. Obviously when you are down 5-1 after two, it’s tough to get back from behind. But you never know what is going to happen. I thought we played really well in the third period, part of the second period too.”
  • “It’s a sixty minute game, you have to play sixty minutes. It doesn’t matter who it is. Whether it’s the goalie, the defensemen or forwards, you need to have all hands on deck for sixty minutes.”
  • “I’m sure that Zach (Fucale) would like to have a few of the goals back. It’s part of a learning process for a young goalie. He’s going to bounce back I’m sure, no doubt in my mind.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Bud Holloway

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

Quotes and audio courtesy of Rocket Sports Media

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IceCaps Recall Goaltender Eddie Pasquale from Beast

IceCaps Recall Pasquale from Brampton
ORIGINAL ICECAP EDDIE PASQUALE RETURNS TO ST. JOHN’S

Eddie Pasquale
Eddie Pasquale

St. John’s IceCaps MEDIA RELEASE

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 2, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have recalled goaltender Eddie Pasquale from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Forward Stefan Fournier was also reassigned from Brampton.

Pasquale has posted a 1-4-1 win-loss record with the Beast, including a 3.88 goals against average and a .877 save percentage. The 24-year-old Toronto native has not dressed for the IceCaps so far this season. He was signed in July to a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.

An original IceCap, Pasquale played three seasons in St. John’s from 2011-12 to 2013-14 and holds many team records, including most games played by a netminder – 112.

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.

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Habs Prospects Bolster ECHL Brampton Beast

Stefan Fournier (Photo by Frank Raymond | Brampton Beast)
Stefan Fournier (Photo by Frank Raymond | Brampton Beast)

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.

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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.

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IceCaps Assign Goaltender Pasquale, Defenceman Brown to Brampton Beast

IceCaps assign Pasquale, Brown to Brampton
ICECAPS TRIM ROSTER AHEAD OF HOME OPENER

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

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.

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Brampton Beast Add Reinforcements from St. John’s IceCaps

IceCaps send reinforcements, Beast get Pasquale, Brown

(Photo by Brampton Beast)
(Photo by Brampton Beast)

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.

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St. John’s IceCaps Projected Lineup 2015-16

by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

Sven Andrighetto (Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — In the next couple months the All Habs team will be taking an in-depth look at the St. John’s IceCaps roster for the upcoming season 2015-16. For the lineup below the assumption is that Daniel Carr, Charles Hudon and Jarred Tinordi will start the year with the parent club, while players like Mark Barbeiro, Sven Andrighetto and Christian Thomas are listed in this lineup. It’s understood that several players could be interchanged. With that said, we will be featuring a piece on each player while forecasting if we will see them play with the big club this season.

Forwards:

Christian Thomas – Gabriel Dumont – Nikita Scherbak
Tim Bozon – Mike McCarron – Sven Andrighetto
George “Bud” Holloway – Jeremy Gregoire – Stefan Fournier
Connor Crisp – Brandon McNally – Mark MacMillan

Defense:

Mark Barbeiro – Darren Dietz
Mac Bennett – Morgan Ellis
Joel Hanley – Brett Lernout
Ryan Johnston – Dalton Thrower
Josiah Didier

Goaltenders:

Mike Condon
Eddie Pasquale
Zach Fucale

The first line begins with Gabriel Dumont, the Bulldogs captain and leading goal scorer from last season. Nikita Scherbak is a blue chip prospect so expect him to be surrounded with the right pieces to help him learn to be a pro, while getting critical minutes.

The second line, Bozon – McCarron – Andrighetto, has a youth aspect to it, but I believe the size differential between the three, their abilities to score from different parts of the ice and most of all, their work ethic will make them a successful second line.

Holloway – Gregoire – Fournier appears to be a solid third line on paper, all responsible in their own end with a scoring upside.

Finally Crisp – McNally – MacMillan which I have affectionately called “the McCrisp line.” I fully expect that Connor Crisp will quickly become a fan favourite in St. John’s.

Defence is a little tougher to project, we really don’t know what the pairings will look like, depends on their shot hand and experience. I’m sure that head coach Sylvain Lefebvre already has an idea of the pairings he’s anticipating.

Goaltending is a very straight forward category as I believe that we will see all three of these players start a game for the IceCaps this season. What is yet to be seen is how Marc Bergevin & co. would like to develop prospect Zachary Fucale. I believe that Fucale is likely to play in Brampton as the starter for the Beast (ECHL) to start the season.

With that said, I think there are questions surrounding Dustin Tokarski who is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, 2016. Tokarski’s fate will start a domino effect which could result in Mike Condon backing up Carey Price in Montreal.  Fucale could take starts in St. John’s while Eddie Pasquale (IceCaps record holder under the Jets regime) would likely sit as backup either way. It is worth noting after watching Pasquale over the last few years, I believe he is capable of overtaking Condon if given enough time this season.

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With one month left until preseason action begins, I’ll be taking a look at each player in-depth, providing you an idea of what to expect in St. John’s and potentially Montreal in 2015-’16.

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IceCaps Sign Goaltender Eddie Pasquale to One-Year Contract

IceCaps Sign Goaltender Eddie Pasquale
ORIGINAL ICECAP BACK IN THE FOLD

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St. John’s IceCaps PRESS RELEASE

MONTREAL, QUEBEC (July 3, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed goaltender Eddie Pasquale to a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2015-16 season.

An original IceCap, Pasquale played three seasons in St. John’s from 2011-12 to 2013-14 and holds many team records, including most games played by a netminder – 112.

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, the 24-year-old, Toronto native sat out the entire 2014-15 season recuperating from hip surgery.

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Bulldogs Penalty Kill Powers Team to Home Opener Win [with AUDIO]

By Dan Kramer, Senior Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

POST-GAME AUDIO: Sylvain Lefebvre | Patrick Holland | Magnus Nygren

HAMILTON, ON – If the expectations of this year’s Hamilton Bulldog team is to bring a more exciting brand of hockey to Copps Coliseum than the squad that finished in the American Hockey League’s basement last season, consider opening night a success. The Bulldogs took an aggressive style of play to the St. John’s IceCaps right from the start, skating to a 3-2 win on the strength of two shorthanded goals in the team’s season and home opener.

Greg Pateryn - named an alternate team captain earlier this week - scored the opening goal of the Hamilton Bulldogs' 2013-14 season. (PHOTO: Dan Hickling)
Greg Pateryn – named an alternate team captain earlier this week – scored the opening goal of the Hamilton Bulldogs’ 2013-14 season. (PHOTO: Dan Hickling)

The Bulldogs started their season on a strong note as, while killing a penalty, Mike Blunden and Greg Pateryn broke in on a 2-on-1. The former set one on a tee for the latter, who put his full weight into blasting one past veteran netminder Eddie Pasquale. But the IceCaps would battle back on another man advantage, when an Andrew Gordon point shot found its way through a maze of bodies and beat Dustin Tokarski cleanly.

Hamilton’s lead was restored early in the second. Fresh out of the box, Blunden again joined a rush of a very aggressive Bulldog penalty kill, receiving a feed from Joonas Nattinen and firing a wicked wrister just under the bar from the top of the face-off circle. Nattinen – starting the season on Hamilton’s fourth line – had a good hard-working game, engaging physically and generating offensive chances.

A ‘Dogs powerplay generated multiple chances for the home team to extend their lead, and a Magnus Nygren rocket beat Pasquale, but found post and stayed out. After a Joel Chouinard shot met the same fate, a gassed unit was left to defend against Ryan Schnell joining a counterattack out of the box, and defenseman Ben Chiarot was allowed to skate right in on goal to shelf a backhander over Tokarski’s shoulder.

Nygren had another chance to bag a goal in his North American regular season debut, when he charged the net out of the box, but his redirection of a Patrick Holland centering dish met Pasquale’s extended pad. It seemed Nygren barely left the ice in the second, playing eleven minutes attributed to strong performance, a Nathan McIver misconduct, and getting caught on a couple of long shifts.

Another shorthanded rush in the third period’s opening minutes saw Holland break in one-on-one. A slick move around the Ice Caps defender gave him an open shot on Pasquale, who only managed to get a piece of an off-speed snap that trickled into an empty cage.

The Bulldogs looked to be in good position to hold on to their advantage heading to a powerplay with just over six minutes to go, but it proved fruitless, and Mike Blunden was guilty of a lazy accidental hook at centre ice moments after its expiry. During the delayed call, Tokarski was forced to stretch out the left leg to rob a St. John’s skater on the doorstep, one of his 33 stops on the night.

Hamilton’s penalty killers would do the work from there, aggressive and on puck carriers throughout the night. Gabriel Dumont first killed significant time skating the puck around the neutral zone, and then Justin Courtnall picked off an Ice Caps’ pass, driving hard to the net and forcing Will O’Neill to take a hooking call. With the net empty for an extra attacker, St. John’s did buzz at 5-on-5, but Tokarski was again solid in preserving the opening night victory.

The Bulldogs return to action right away Saturday night, as they host the defending Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins at Copps Coliseum.

Hamilton Bulldog lines:

Sven Andrighetto – Martin St. Pierre – Patrick Holland
Mike Blunden – Gabriel Dumont – Louis Leblanc
Erik Nystrom – Ben Duffy – Akim Aliu
Justin Courtnall – Joonas Nattinen – Nick Tarnasky

Joel Chouinard – Greg Pateryn
Drew Schiestel – Darren Dietz
Magnus Nygren – Nathan McIver

Dustin Tokarski
Robert Mayer

Three Stars:

1. Mike Blunden
2. Patrick Holland
3. Eddie Pasquale
Hardest Working Bulldog: Greg Pateryn

Honourable mentions to Magnus Nygren, Dustin Tokarski, and Joonas Nattinen