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ROSTER MOVE | Canadiens Send Darren Dietz Back to IceCaps

Dietz reassigned to IceCaps
DARREN DIETZ RETURNS FROM MONTREAL

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

The Montreal Canadiens announced today they have returned defenceman Darren Dietz to the IceCaps.

Dietz, 22, has 16 points and 59 penalty minutes in 58 games with St. John’s. The six-foot-one, 213-pounder was a 5th round draft choice of the Canadiens in 2011 and played his first two NHL games Saturday (versus Minnesota) and Tuesday (versus Florida), collecting four penalty minutes.

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ROSTER MOVE | Canadiens Reassign Charles Hudon to St. John’s

Hudon assigned to IceCaps
FORWARD CHARLES HUDON RETURNS TO ST. JOHN’S

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

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL — Left-winger Charles Hudon has been assigned to the IceCaps by the Montreal Canadiens.

The 21-year-old registered two assists in two games with the Canadiens. When he was recalled to Montreal on December 8th, Hudon was second among IceCaps and 12th in AHL scoring with 20 points (10 G, 10 A) and was named AHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 29th.

The Alma, Quebec native collected 57 points as a rookie last season which placed him second in scoring among Hamilton Bulldogs and second among all AHL freshmen.

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IceCaps Weekly Wrap | Team Effort for a Playoff Push

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ST. JOHN’s, NL — Every Tuesday, IceCaps Hockey Report’s lead contributor, Amy Johnson, reviews the most recent action involving prospects of the Montreal Canadiens and what to expect from the St. John’s IceCaps in the week ahead.

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RECAP | Bears – IceCaps: Shamrocks Bring Good Luck

Saturday March 12, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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BEARS
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Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Scherbak – Dumont – Holloway
McNally – Yogan – Friberg
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire
Scott – Miceli – Ranger [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Shane Bakker, Travis Brown, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

With their roster slowly and steadily getting called up to the Montreal Canadiens, and after a dismal game on Wednesday night, one might think that playing against the top-rated Hershey Bears might not bode well for the IceCaps.  But tonight St. John’s came out to win, backstopped by a very confident Eddie Pasquale.

Despite going down 1-0 to the Bears in the first period thanks to a rocket from Jakub Vrana, the IceCaps stayed up on their skates and put the pressure on Hershey every step of the way.  Pasquale made a number of critical saves and tracked the puck constantly.

Max Friberg evened the score in the second period, with assists from Brandon McNally and Andrew Yogan.  That puts Yogan’s current point-streak at five games, ever since signing his PTO with St. John’s.

Then in the third period, Bud Holloway gave his team the go-ahead goal on the power play and Hershey could not recover.

Ryan Johnston took a hard hit into the boards and had to be helped off the ice; he did not return.  Sylvain Lefebvre also had to head down the tunnel a few moments later when the Bears tried to clear the zone and the puck went into the St. John’s bench, hitting Lefebvre.  He returned to the bench within minutes.

Charles Hudon and Darren Deitz were the latest callups to Montreal, on emergency status due to injuries in Montreal.

The Hershey Bears come into Mile One Centre again on Sunday afternoon for a matinee against the IceCaps.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Andrew Yogan, Bud Holloway, Max Friberg, John Scott

 Statistics 
ICECAPS BEARS
 22 Shots 24
1 for 5 Power Play 0 for 3
6 Penalty Minutes 10
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (27-24-8-3) 0 1 1 2
 Bears (34-17-3-7) 1 0 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Friberg (10), Holloway (18)
  • HER:  Vrana (9)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 10-6-3
  • HER: Ellis (L) 22-8-4
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  2. Max Friberg  STJ
  3. Jakub Vrana  HER

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IceCaps Weekly Wrap | Scherbak Shines [Video]

Nikita Scherbak (Photo courtesy of St. John's IceCaps)
Nikita Scherbak (Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

ST. JOHN’s, NL — Every Tuesday, IceCaps Hockey Report’s lead contributor, Amy Johnson, reviews the most recent action involving prospects of the Montreal Canadiens and what to expect from the St. John’s IceCaps in the week ahead.

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RECAP | Devils – IceCaps: Five Fights For the Win

Friday March 4, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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3-1

DEVILS
Albany

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Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]McNally – Scherbak – Holloway
Hudon – Dumont – Friberg
Bozon – MacMillan – Ranger
Scott – Yogan – Gregoire [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Shane Bakker, Angelo Miceli, Mac Bennett, Dalton Thrower, Michael Bournival (concussion), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured Reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

It had been almost a week since the last time the IceCaps took the ice for a game.  After finally grabbing a win in Syracuse at the end of a disappointing road trip, the team had a few days to rest and practice before welcoming the Albany Devils to the Mile One Centre.

The first period was rather sluggish, with St. John’s only getting four shots on goal.  Only one penalty, against Gabriel Dumont, was called in the opening frame – a quiet 20 minutes to be sure.

The second period, however, was the polar opposite.  Charles Hudon scored his 19th goal of the season during a power play, assisted by Dumont and Nikita Scherbak.  The goals came fast and furious after that, with Alexander Ranger and Brandon McNally both scoring within another minute or so.

Then things got pretty intense.  Five fights were recorded in the period, with Mark MacMillan and John Scott both getting thrown out with game misconducts.  Scherbak was the victim of a dirty hit from behind which tossed him toward the visiting bench and into the stanchion.  Scott took exception and landed a flurry of solid left jabs onto the face and head of Ben Thomson.

The Devils managed to get one goal on the board in the third period, but the IceCaps didn’t let them get any farther in the scoring race.  It was a solid team win to kick off this home stand as they try to make a push toward the playoffs down the stretch.

The Icecaps face the Albany Devils again on Saturday night for the second game of the back-to-back and the final game in the season series.

▲     Bud Holloway, Eddie Pasquale, Charles Hudon, John Scott, Darren Dietz

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 27 Shots 27
1 for 2 Power Play 1 for 5
69 Penalty Minutes 45
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (25-23-7-3) 0 3 0 3
 Devils (33-15-8-0) 0 0 1 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (19), Ranger (2), McNally (3)
  • ALB:  Pietila (7)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 8-6-3
  • ALB: Danis (L) 25-9-5
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Gabriel Dumont  STJ
  2. Andrew Yogan  STJ
  3. Eddie Pasquale  STJ

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ROSTER MOVE | Canadiens Recall McCarron and Ellis from IceCaps

McCarron and Ellis recalled

Ellis McCarron

MONTREAL, QC — The Canadiens recalled forward Michael McCarron and defenseman Morgan Ellisfrom the IceCaps following the team’s game against the Utica Comets on Friday night. The two will join the Habs in Montreal on Saturday.

A 2013 first-round pick, McCarron currently sits third on the IceCaps with 15 goals and 34 points in 53 AHL games. He previously suited up for two games with the Canadiens earlier this season, where he racked up four penalty minutes and finished with a minus-1 differential.

This is Ellis’ first NHL recall since the 23-year-old was drafted by Montreal in the fourth round in 2010. The shifty blue-liner has 12 goals in 55 games with St. John’s this year, the second-most of any AHL defenseman in 2015-16. He’s also chipped in with 18 assists, giving him 30 points on the season to date.

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TRADE | Canadiens Acquire Phillip Danault from Blackhawks for Weise, Fleischmann

Trade between the Canadiens and Blackhawks

CANADIENS ACQUIRE FORWARD PHILLIP DANAULT AND A SECOND-ROUND PICK IN 2018 IN RETURN FOR FORWARDS DALE WEISE AND TOMAS FLEISCHMANN

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Montreal Canadiens Press Release

Friday, 02.26.2016 / 9:45 PM ET

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday night the acquisition of forward Phillip Danault and a second-round draft pick in 2018 from the Chicago Blackhawks, in return for forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann.

“Phillip Danault is a young and gifted player who will be part of our core group of young forwards for many years to come. I am very pleased to have him join our organization. As a member of the Blackhawks management group, I was instrumental in the selection of Phillip in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann have both been good contributors to our team and I would like to wish them the best of luck with the Blackhawks’ organization,” said Marc Bergevin.

Danault, 23, appeared in 32 career games with the Blackhawks, including 30 this season, amassing five points (1 goal, 4 assists) and six penalty minutes, while playing an average of 12:38 per game. The 6’0’’ and 201 lbs forward added two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and four penalty minutes in six games with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. In 160 career games in the AHL, Danault has collected 68 points (20 goals, 48 assists) and 94 penalty minutes.

A native of Victoriaville, Quebec, Danault was the Blackhawks’ second pick in the first round, 26th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A product of the QMJHL’s Victoriaville Tigres and Moncton Wildcats, he recorded 251 points (74 goals, 177 assists) in 243 games at the Junior level.

Dale Weise, 27, registered 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 56 games with the Canadiens thus far this season. The Winnipeg native was acquired by the Canadiens from the Vancouver Canucks in return for Raphael Diaz on February 3, 2014.

Tomas Fleischmann, 31, produced 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) and 28 penalty minutes in 57 games Montreal thus far this season. The Koprivnice, Czech Republic native signed a contract with the Canadiens as a free agent on October 4, 2015.

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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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On the Road With IceCaps Darren Dietz, Nikita Scherbak [Video]

Darren Dietz, Nikita Scherbak (Photos by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)
Darren Dietz, Nikita Scherbak (Photos by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

BINGHAMTON, NY. — The St. John’s IceCaps were in Binghamton to play a pair of games against the Senators on the weekend. Players and coaches were kind enough to provide the IceCaps Hockey Report team with exclusive interviews that we present to you below.

Darren Dietz

Dietz is having a solid season having appeared in 51 of 54 IceCaps games this season. He is second in scoring among IceCaps defencemen with 15 points. Darren talks about the game against the Senators, his season and his favorite player.

Nikita Scherbak

Scherbak has missed 28 games in an injury-shortened first season as a pro. He has eight points in 26 games this year. Scherbak returned to a more familiar position at wing on Saturday night after a 10-game stint at centre. Scherbak candidly talks about his injuries, his adjustment to the centre position and his favorite players.

Sylvain Lefebvre

IceCaps head coach Sylvain Lefebvre spoke about the Binghamton series, changes to the lineup, preparing for the playoffs and provided a brief injury update.