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RECAP | IceCaps – Crunch: Shootout Success in Syracuse

Wednesday February 17, 2016 
Oncenter War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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3-2

CRUNCH
Crunch

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

Game Report

After defeating the Syracuse Crunch twice last week, including the game in which Zach Fucale earned his first professional shutout, the IceCaps looked to repeat history when they came into the War Memorial Arena tonight.

The first period was buzzing with activity, as the Crunch got on the board just under two minutes into the game.  Immediately following their goal, Shane Bakker dropped the gloves with Brian Hart.  Soon afterwards Syracuse took the first penalty of the night and the IceCaps tied the game on the ensuing power play, thanks to a goal by John Scott.

The Crunch managed to get a go-ahead goal before the end of the frame, and the score stalled at 2-1 through the second period as well.  The IceCaps power play units got plenty of ice time as the Crunch continued to take penalties, and another fight broke out – this time between Brett Lernout and Mike Angelidis.

Finally, with just over two minutes left in regulation, Mike McCarron tallied another power play goal to tie the game.  The teams exchanged penalties during the overtime period, but both goaltenders stood strong and forced a shootout.  It took five rounds before a goal was scored, and it was McCarron again to win the game for St. John’s.

The Icecaps continue their road trip by heading to Binghamton for a back-to-back series Friday and Saturday night.

▲     Michael McCarron, Zach Fucale, Brett Lernout, Max Friberg

▼     Nikita Scherbak, Tim Bozon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS CRUNCH
 32 Shots 29
2 for 8 Power Play 0 for 4
18 Penalty Minutes 26
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (23-19-7-3) 1 0 1 0 1 3
 Crunch (19- 21-9-2) 2 0 0 0 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Scott (1), McCarron (15) Game-deciding goal: McCarron
  • SYR:  Walcott (2), DeAngelo (5)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 14-11-3
  • SYR: Gudlevskis (L) 8-9-6
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Michael McCarron  STJ
  2. Anthony DeAngelo  SYR
  3. John Scott  STJ

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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

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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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RECAP | Marlies – IceCaps: Another Tally for the Win Column

Saturday February 13, 2016 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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3-1

MARLIES
Toronto

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Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

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

Game Report

After winning back-to-back games against the Syracuse Crunch earlier in the week, the IceCaps hit home ice on Saturday night to take on the Toronto Marlies and continue their win streak.

The Marlies struck early, popping in an awkward goal past Zach Fucale just three minutes after the opening faceoff.  But the penalty bug hit the St. John’s team early, and they would rack up three minor penalties in the opening period alone.

Bud Holloway was the key player on the ice for the home team on this night. Time and again he set up fellow linemates with perfect passes, earning two assists – one on Max Friberg’s goal and one on Charles Hudon’s goal – before potting an empty-netter of his own at the end of the game to seal a victory for the IceCaps.

Michael McCarron is also getting back to the points game, earning two assists of his own during this game and providing strong skill on faceoffs.  Fucale stood tall after that first goal and seemed to gain confidence as the game wore on.  Gabriel Dumont disappeared from the bench early in the third period and did not return.  It was John Scott’s first game back in the lineup after participating in the NHL All-Star game and taking some personal time for the birth of his twins.

The IceCaps welcome the Marlies back to Mile One Centre tomorrow for a rematch before heading out on their next road trip.

▲     Bud Holloway, Zach Fucale, Michael McCarron

▼     Mark MacMillan

 Statistics 
ICECAPS MARLIES
 22 Shots 33
1 for 2 Power Play 0 for 5
10 Penalty Minutes 4
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (22-18-7-3) 0 1 2 3
 Marlies (37-9-4-0) 1 0 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Friberg (8), Hudon (16), Holloway (14)
  • TOR:  Campbell (9)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 13-11-3
  • TOR: Bibeau (L) 17-5-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Bud Holloway  STJ
  2. Zach Fucale  STJ
  3. Nikita Soshnikov  TOR

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RECAP | IceCaps – Pirates: Discipline Deals a Mighty Blow

Wednesday January 27, 2016 
Cross Insurance Arena, Portland, ME

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-4

PORTLAND
Pirates

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Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Jeremy Gregoire, Mac Bennett, Bud Holloway (undisclosed), Victor Bartley (undisclosed)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp (undisclosed)

Game Report

The season series against the Portland Pirates hasn’t been pretty for the IceCaps.  After dropping the first two games in St. John’s, the IceCaps needed to come into Cross Insurance Arena strong and confident.  They looked like neither of those things right from the start.

The Pirates poured on the offensive pressure early, forcing netminder Zach Fucale to be sharp early.  The puck traveled back and forth down the sheet fairly evenly throughout the first period, until MacKenzie Weeger found the back of the net to put Portland on the board.

Rocco Grimaldi gave the home team a two-goal lead early in the second, but then the IceCaps seemed to find some much-needed energy.  Lucas Lessio drove to the net hard on multiple shifts during the game and had quite a few good chances, but goaltender Mike McKenna stood tall.

Nikita Scherbak saved the IceCaps from a shutout loss by potting his third goal of the season, assisted by Charles Hudon and Sven Andrighetto.  Discipline came completely unraveled in this game with the IceCaps taking eight minor penalties, two of which came from John Scott.

The IceCaps return to the ice on Friday night when they take on the Portland Pirates once more in this back-to-back series.

▲     Nikita Scherbak

▼     John Scott

 Statistics 
ICECAPS PIRATES
 27 Shots 38
0 for 4 Power Play 1 for 8
21 Penalty Minutes 13
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (19-15-6-3) 0 0 1 1
 Pirates (25-15-1-0) 1 2 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Scherbak (3)
  • POR:  Weegar (4), Grimaldi (7), McFarland (14), Olson (8)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 10-9-3
  • POR: McKenna (W) 20-8-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. John McFarland   POR
  2. Mike McKenna  POR
  3. MacKenzie Weeger  POR

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RECAP | IceCaps – Sound Tigers: Out of Sync

Wednesday January 20, 2016 
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT

ICECAPS
St. John’s

St.JohnsIceCaps

2-3

SOUND TIGERS
Bridgeport

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

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

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Jeremy Gregoire, Bud Holloway (day-to-day)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp – undisclosed (indefinite)

Game Report

It would have been understandable if the IceCaps began the game a little lethargically. It was the first game of a six-game road trip ahead of the All-Star break. The team had bused in from Boston following their flight from St. John’s. And there was a distinct lack of energy in a building where the fans numbered in the hundreds, not thousands.

But to their credit, the IceCaps came out of the gate skating. That said, it was a little like a first date: plenty of enthusiasm but not really in sync. Given all the recent changes to the roster, it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

The lack of chemistry showed as linemates made poor decisions in their passing choices and shot selection.

Two players made their IceCaps debuts: defenceman Victor Bartley and the now infamous John Scott, both part of the Jarred Tinordi trade. Bartley was reassigned from the parent club on Wednesday after watching from the press box. Scott was only too happy to get back on the ice after taking a barrage of questions about the All-Star weekend.

Bartley looked nervous to start but otherwise moved the puck well. His first game was cut short by an injury that occurred in the second period. Scott had a couple of hits and drew a penalty in his infrequent shifts but otherwise had an unremarkable game.

As has been the case throughout the season, IceCaps were let down by goaltending and their power-play.  And the St. John’s penalty-killers allowed a goal to the worst power-play in the league.

The bottom line is that the IceCaps did not get the save that they needed with 20.1 seconds remaining in overtime.

The IceCaps now hit the road for a six-game trip before the All-Star break, beginning with a tilt against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday.

▲     Max Friburg, Ryan Johnston, Gabriel Dumont, Michael Bournival, Darren Dietz

▼     Nikita Scherbak, Zach Fucale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS SOUND TIGERS
 40 Shots 28
0 for 7 Power Play 1 for 5
12 Penalty Minutes 14
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (17-14-6-3) 1 1 0 0 2
 Sound Tigers (20-19-2-1) 1 1 0 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Friberg (7), Andrighetto (8)
  • BRI:  Vaive (9), Rowe (1), Beck (11)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 9-8-3
  • BRI: Berube (W) 1-1-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Taylor Beck  BRI
  2. Sven Andrighetto  STJ
  3. Andrew Rowe  BRI

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

Post-game interview with John Scott

Post-game interview with Max Friburg

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NHL Allows John Scott to Participate in All-Star Game

John Scott will captain Pacific Division All-Stars
NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND JANUARY 30-31 IN NASHVILLE

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NHL Public Relations Press Release

NEW YORK – John Scott will captain the Pacific Division team at the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville, the National Hockey League announced today.

Scott, elected to the Pacific Division captaincy in fan voting while a member of the Arizona Coyotes, was traded Friday to the Montreal Canadiens of the Atlantic Division.

The resultant change in division, and Scott’s subsequent assignment to the American Hockey League, created a unique circumstance that required review – the result of which was a determination to maintain the status quo for the All-Star weekend in order to preserve all parties’ pre-existing expectations, including Scott’s desire to participate.

“I am looking forward to enjoying a fun and unique experience at All-Star Weekend in Nashville with my family,” said Scott. “While being voted to the All-Star Game by the fans was not something I expected to happen, I am excited to participate in the All-Star events with my fellow players.”

 

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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

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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.”

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TRADE | Canadiens Acquire Scott and Bartley from Coyotes

Canadiens deal Tinordi and IceCap Fournier to Coyotes
JOHN SCOTT TO JOIN ICECAPS

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St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the acquisition of defenseman Victor Bartley and forward John Scott from the Arizona Coyotes, in return for defenseman Jarred Tinordi and IceCaps forward Stefan Fournier. Scott will join the IceCaps.

Bartley, 27, appeared in one game with Nashville this season, totaling two hits and five blocked shots. He added one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 14 games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals. The 6’0’’ and 215 lb defenseman has posted 23 points (1 goal, 22 assists), 55 penalty minutes and a +2 differential in 112 career regular season games in the NHL. In 162 career games in the AHL, Bartley has collected 68 points (18 goals, 50 assists) and 121 penalty minutes.

A native of Ottawa, Bartley, acquired earlier today by the Coyotes, first joined the Predators on May 24, 2011 as a free agent. A product of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers and Regina Pats, he recorded 168 points (36 goals, 132 assists) in 336 games at the junior level.

Scott, 33, has registered one assist, 20 hits and 25 penalty minutes in 11 games thus far this season with Arizona. The 6’8’’ and 260 lb forward has posted 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) and 542 penalty minutes in 285 career regular season games with the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and Coyotes.

A native of Edmonton, Scott joined the Coyotes on July 10, 2015 as a free agent. A product of the WCHA’s Michigan Tech Huskies, he totaled 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 126 games at the collegiate level.

The 23-year old Jarred Tinordi registered five penalty minutes in three games with the Canadiens thus far this season. He also added two assists in six games with the IceCaps. The Burnsville, Minnesota native was the Canadiens’ first round pick, 22nd overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The 23-year old Stefan Fournier produced seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) and 65 penalty minutes in 24 games with St. John’s thus far this season. The Dorval, Quebec native added one assist and 19 penalty minutes in five games with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast. Fournier first signed a contract with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 6, 2013.