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IceCaps Hockey Report Interviews Canadiens Prospect Josiah Didier [VIDEO]

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

Josiah Didier (Photo by Rick Stephens | Rocket Sports Media)

SYRACUSE, NY. — The Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps are currently on a six-game road trip through upstate New York and Toronto. The IceCaps had an exciting overtime win in Utica before dropping two games in Syracuse. You can read full reports for each game here.

The IceCaps Hockey Report | All Habs Hockey Magazine team was onsite in Utica and Syracuse to take in the action against the Comets and the Crunch.

Following the game against the Crunch, IceCaps defenseman Josiah Didier kindly spent a few minutes with our video producer, Amy Johnson.

The interview is below.

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RECAP | IceCaps – Americans: Commanding Lead Turns Into Total Collapse

Wednesday March 23, 2016 
Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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5-6

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo courtesy of the Rochester Americans)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

[one_half_last]Didier – Lernout
Joyaux – Ellis
Brown – Johnston[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

Devastating. That’s the word that best sums up how this game ended.  A complete collapse in the third period took what was a thrilling, energetic game from the IceCaps and turned it into an astounding loss.

Charles Hudon bagged two goals back to back in the first and second periods, and got the IceCaps started with determination.  St. John’s opened up the scoring in the second period, with goals being tallied by Jeremy Gregoire and Gabriel Dumont.  Dan Catenacci got one back for Rochester, but the IceCaps began the third period enjoying a 4-1 lead.

Just four minutes into the third, the IceCaps extended their lead to 5-1 when Morgan Ellis had a goal awarded after review.

It all started to come unraveled with 11:06 left.  The Amerks Matt Donovan scored a power-play goal with Gabriel Dumont in the box for tripping. Puck after puck found its way past Eddie Pasquale and, with less than five minutes remaining in the game, the IceCaps found themselves tied 5-5 with the Americans.

It was a terrible breakdown, and the icing on the cake was a goal by Chad Ruhwedel with four seconds left in regulation which proved to be the winner. The Amerks scored five unanswered goals in an eleven minute span in the third period to gut the IceCaps.

The loss pretty much determines that St. John’s won’t make the playoffs this year, but they still have plenty of hockey to play – especially on this road trip.  They face the Rochester Americans once again on Friday night before heading to Toronto for two games against the league-leading Marlies.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Charles Hudon, Jeremy Gregoire

▼     Eddie Pasquale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 25 Shots 34
0 for 2 Power Play 1 for 5
19 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (28-28-8-3) 1 3 1 5
 Americans (32-29-2-1) 0 1 5 6
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (23), Hudon (24), Gregoire (5), Dumont (19), Ellis (13)
  • RCH:  Catenacci (10), Donovan (8), Dupuis (6), D’Amigo (12), Catenacci (11), Ruhwedel (10)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 10-9-3
  • RCH: Makarov (W) 7-7-2
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Chad Ruhwedel  RCH
  2. Dan Catenacci  RCH
  3. Matt Donovan  RCH

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
 

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IceCaps Weekly Wrap | Fighting for a Playoff Berth [VIDEO]

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

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 | IceCaps – Crunch: More of the Rough Stuff [with Audio]

Sunday March 20, 2016 
Oncenter War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-6

CRUNCH
Syracuse

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media, Inc.)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

[one_half_last]Didier – Lernout
Joyaux – Ellis
Brown – Johnston[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

Game Report

The IceCaps meant business at the start of this game. After a close game the previous night which was physical, at times nasty, and closely played, the St. John’s team looked renewed as they blazed down the ice.  They were forechecking hard, skating well, passing cleanly – and got rewarded with a quick goal by Charles Hudon, assisted by Bud Holloway and Mark MacMillan.

Emotions were still running high and it wasn’t long before Jeremy Gregoire dropped the gloves with Jake Dotchin.  Minutes later a massive scrum started after Josiah Didier took on his own fighting bout and many of his teammates joined in with the nearest Crunch players.  Brett Lernout earned a game misconduct for his part in the scrap.

By the end of the first period, the IceCaps started to lose energy – and the lead.  Syracuse scored two consecutive goals in the opening frame and were outshooting the visiting team once again.

Then the game turned truly ugly in the second period when Syracuse scored four more goals, with only one more goal by Hudon coming for the IceCaps.  It was not Zach Fucale’s best night and he did not return in the third period.

Eddie Pasquale kept the Crunch from adding to their tally in the third period, but St. John’s played mostly a dump-and-chase game for the final 20 minutes and couldn’t mount any sort of offensive pressure or scoring.  It was deflating back-to-back loss, making the playoff run that much harder to reach.

Joel Hanley was recalled by Montreal on emergency status earlier in the day, putting Travis Brown back in the lineup.  The IceCaps continue their road trip on Wednesday night with a game in Rochester against the Amerks.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Josiah Didier, Jeremy Gregoire, Charles Hudon, Bud Holloway

▼     Zach Fucale, Gabriel Dumont

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 24 Shots 28
1 for 4 Power Play 3 for 5
54 Penalty Minutes 42
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (28-27-8-3) 1 1 0 2
 Crunch (27-25-10-3) 2 4 0 6
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Hudon (21), Hudon (22)
  • SYR:  Gourde (11), Tambellini (24), Richard (10), Gourde (12), Drouin (6), Drouin (7)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 15-16-4
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (W) 11-10-6
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Jonathan Drouin  SYR
  2. Tanner Richard  SYR
  3. Yanni Gourde  SYR

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

Post-game interview with Jeremy Gregoire

Post-game interview with Andrew Yogan

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

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RECAP | IceCaps – Crunch: A Vital Need for Consistency

Saturday March 19, 2016 
Oncenter War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-3

CRUNCH
Syracuse

Photo credit – Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

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

Game Report

Some players will say that the games they’re playing right now are like being in the playoffs. In many post-game interviews we’ve heard the phrase, “We’re playing for our lives.”  Every point matters at this time of year, and tonight the IceCaps played against a Crunch team who is chasing St. John’s for that final playoff position.

It was a rough and physical game from the start. Both teams played with a lot of intensity and determination.  But the IceCaps struggled all night to get out of their own end. Syracuse maintained control of much of the game, especially in the second period.

Gabriel Dumont did get his team on the board first, assisted by Brett Lernout and Josiah Didier.  But the opening frame also gave fans a massive fight between Shane Bakker and David Broll.  Bakker didn’t return to the game, injuring a finger in the brawl.

The IceCaps then started taking too many penalties, and although the Crunch didn’t convert any power play opportunities, it kept St. John’s on their heels.  The players also seemed to get frustrated with a number of missed penalty calls against Syracuse.

Eddie Pasquale stood tall in net, facing 39 shots total.  Brandon McNally got one back for his team midway through the third period, but the IceCaps just couldn’t get the puck into the net one more time for the equalizer.  Both benches met at one end of the ice in a massive trash-talking mass after the final horn, providing a likely preview of Sunday’s tilt.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Morgan Ellis, Josiah Didier, Max Friberg, Jeremy Gregoire, Shane Bakker

▼     Tim Bozon, Christopher Joyaux

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 23 Shots 39
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 4
30 Penalty Minutes 28
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (28-26-8-3) 1 0 1 2
 Crunch (26-25-10-3) 1 2 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Dumont (18), McNally (5)
  • SYR:  Martindale (1), Martindale (2), Tambellini (23)
  • STJ: Pasquale (L) 10-8-3
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (W) 10-10-6
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Jeff Tambellini  SYR
  2. Ryan Martindale  SYR
  3. Anthony DeAngelo  SYR

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

Post-game interview with Josiah Didier

Post-game interview with Brandon McNally

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

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RECAP | IceCaps – Comets: Friberg Rifles OT Winner [with AUDIO]

Friday March 18, 2016 
Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-1

COMETS
Utica

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

Game Report

In the first game of the final road trip of their regular season, the IceCaps took the ice in Utica for an energetic matchup against the Comets.  Both teams are jockeying for a playoff position, giving the atmosphere a bit more intensity.

Jeremy Gregoire got things started the right way with a quick goal after a few minutes into the first frame.  He was assisted by Mark MacMillan and Brandon McNally.  Many close calls at both ends, but Zach Fucale and Joe Cannata were on top of things in their respective creases.

The second period started off with some tense scrums after the whistles, but soon settled down into a fast-paced rhythm. Penalties started to rack up on both sides of the ice, as did hits.  The IceCaps sustained a good amount of offensive pressure, but couldn’t get the puck through Cannata.

The third period was all Comets. Midway through the frame, Carter Bancks walked off the side boards and snapped it past Zach Fucale.  With the score tied, Utica did not let up. With six minutes left in the third, the Comets were outshooting the IceCaps 14-1.

Fucale played a strong positional game and limited rebounds. He also had help in front of him with some excellent shot-blocking particularly by Max Friberg.

In the overtime period, it was time for Friberg to show off his offensive skills. Taking a pass from Morgan Ellis, Friberg came down the right side and snapped a rocket past Comets goalie Joe Cannata to give the IceCaps the win.

▲     Morgan Ellis, Max Friberg, Andrew Yogan, Zach Fucale, Jeremy Gregoire, Brett Lernout, Josiah Didier

▼     Alexander Ranger, Ryan Johnston, Tim Bozon, Christopher Joyaux

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 21 Shots 31
0 for 3 Power Play 0 for 4
10 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (28-25-8-3) 1 0 0 1 2
 Comets (31-21-6-3) 0 0 1 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Gregoire (4), Friberg (11)
  • UTI:  Bancks (10)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 15-15-4
  • UTI: Cannata (L) 17-10-4
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Max Friberg  STJ
  2. Zach Fucale  STJ
  3. Carter Bancks UTI

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

Post-game interview with Max Friberg

 

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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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Photo courtesy of the St. John’s IceCaps

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 UPDATE: IceCaps Sign Defenceman Chris Joyaux to ATO

IceCaps sign defenceman Joyaux to ATO
CHRIS JOYAUX JOINS ST. JOHN’S ON ROAD

(Photo courtesy of Rachel Lewis | Inside Hockey)

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (March 16, 2016) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have signed defenceman Christopher Joyaux to a 25-game Amateur Tryout contract (ATO).

The 23-year-old, Bloomingdale, Il native has spent the past four seasons with Miami (Ohio) University of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), collecting five goals and 21 points.

The six-foot, 195-pounder will join the IceCaps in Toronto tomorrow for the club’s seven-game road trip.

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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

ICECAPSBEARSHOME
Photo courtesy of the 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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