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RECAP | Devils – IceCaps: Early Lead, Strong Finish

Tuesday December 15, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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3-2

DEVILS
Albany

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Miceli – McCarron – Holloway
Bournival – Dumont – Fournier
McNally – MacMillan – Gregoire
Bozon – Pither – Neilson [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Jacob de la Rose (undisclosed), Mac Bennett, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

Just before the start of tonight’s game, the Montreal Canadiens announced that forward Christian Thomas had been traded to Arizona in exchange for one of his former Oshawa Generals teammates, Lucas Lessio.  With that news as fresh as the new sheet of ice, the IceCaps got things started with a lot of energy as Mark MacMillan potted his third goal of the season just under two minutes into the game.

St. John’s also managed to stay disciplined in the first period, with only one minor penalty taken by Brandon McNally for hooking.  The power play unit wasn’t able to convert on any of it’s four opportunities, but on the other hand the penalty killers also didn’t allow any goals.

The second period was played pretty evenly until Mark Barberio scored his second goal of the year to put the IceCaps ahead by one.  Just over a minute later, Mike McCarron tipped in a shot by Josiah Didier to give St. John’s a two-goal lead.

Things started to come undone a bit in the third period with multiple penalties going against the home team.  Midway through the period, Albany got within one goal, but the IceCaps tightened up and kept their lead through the final horn.

Zach Fucale faced 46 shots overall on the night and looked confident in the goal crease.  Despite have points in the last two games, Jacob de la Rose was a scratch in tonight’s game for unknown reasons.

The IceCaps return to the ice on Wednesday night for the second game in this back-to-back series against the Albany Devils.

▲     Zach Fucale, Michael McCarron, Josiah Didier, Darren Dietz

▼     Tim Bozon

 Statistics 
ICECAPS DEVILS
 31 Shots 46
0 for 4 Power Play 0 for 4
12 Penalty Minutes 12
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (13-8-4-2) 1 2 0 3
 Devils (16-6-3-0) 1 0 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  MacMillan (3), Barberio (2), McCarron (10)
  • ALB:  Pelley (2), Tropp (6)
  • STJ: Fucale (W) 8-3-2
  • ALB: Danis (L) 14-4-3
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Zach Fucale  STJ
  2. Josiah Didier   STJ
  3. Rod Pelley  ALB

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available

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RECAP | Americans – IceCaps: Caps Dominate Early, Lose Heartbreaker

Friday December 11, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-2

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Bournival – McCarron – Holloway
McNally – De La Rose – Dumont
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire
Fournier – Miceli [/one_half]

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

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

The IceCaps returned home to St. John’s this week and welcomed the Rochester Americans tonight for the first of a back-to-back.  The IceCaps came out shooting, showing a lot of energy and tallying 22 shots on goal in the first period.  Jacob de la Rose, returning from a lengthy absence due to injury in early November, made his mark early on as he put the home team on the board late in the first.  It was his first goal for St. John’s this season.

Penalties, however, also played their part in this game.  Michael McCarron took consecutive minors for cross-checking and roughing in the first period, while Josiah Didier sat for five minutes after enduring a fight with Patrick Kaleta.  The Amerks power play unit finally converted one of their man advantage opportunities and tied the game in the second period.

Shots were kept to a minimum and the game was played pretty tightly through the third period, but then Jerry D’Amigo saw an opening when Gabriel Dumont and Mark Barberio got caught deep with Darren Dietz trying to make a play behind the net.  D’Amigo shot one past Zach Fucale and moments later Rochester potted an empty-netter.

Despite the mistake late in the third, Dumont had seven shots on goal for the night, while Morgan Ellis tallied five shots.  Michael Bournival played his first game of the season, taking the left wing position on the top line.

The IceCaps meet up with the Rochester Americans again tomorrow night at Mile One Centre for the second of their back-to-back series.

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Brett Lernout, Zach Fucale

▼     Gabriel Dumont, Michael McCarron

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 39 Shots 28
0 for 6 Power Play 1 for 5
17 Penalty Minutes 15
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-7-4-2) 1 0 0 1
 Americans (11-11-1-1) 0 1 2 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  De La Rose
  • RCH:  Varone (9), D’Amigo (4), Robak (4)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 7-3-2
  • RCH: Lieuwen (W) 6-4-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Nathan Lieuwen  RCH
  2. Gabriel Dumont   STJ
  3. Phil Varone  RCH

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available

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RECAP | IceCaps vs. Comets: OT Win Extends Point Streak to 10 Games

Friday December 4, 2015 
Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-1

COMETS
Utica

Eddie Pasquale (Photo by Utica Comets)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Hudon – McCarron – Holloway
Bozon – Dumont – Gregoire
McNally – MacMillan – Fournier
Pither – Miceli [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Tinordi – Ellis
Hanley – Didier
Barbeiro – Lernout
Dietz[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Tokarski

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Eric Neilson, Michael Bournival (concussion), Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Jacob De la Rose (lower-body), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

The Aud in Utica is a small, quaint historic barn. Packed to the rafters it was buzzing with energy all game long. And the Comets treated  3860 boisterous fans to a dominating performance. Shots were 31-15 for Utica.

When speaking to the Utica Observer-Dispatch, Comets coach Travis Green said, “I thought our team played a hell of a game. We were in their end 70 percent of the game.”

But Sylvain Lefebvre’s ‘bend-not-break’ defence held and Eddie Pasquale was outstanding, fully deserving of the game’s first star. Pasquale and Dustin Tokarski have been superb in two straight games as the IceCaps have been outshot a combined 69-33 against Albany and Utica. Despite the lopsided shot disadvantage in games this week, St. John’s has picked up three of a possible four points.

The IceCaps have now earned points in 10 straight games. On the current road trip, Lefebvre’s crew has picked up eight points in five games with the coach crediting strong team play.

St. John’s easily won the special teams battle. The Comets enjoyed five power-play opportunities but the IceCaps penalty-killers were perfect. Jarred Tinordi’s lane-clogging reach and Josiah Didier’s shot blocking were particularly effective. The overtime winner scored on the power-play.

It was Andrey Pedan who was in the box when Bud Holloway drifted a wrister past goaltender Joe Cannata. Pedan received two minutes for boarding when he enthusiastically took Tinordi’s head into the glass.  Trying to resurrect past grudges, Pedan hurt his team while Tinordi displayed discipline.

Following the game the IceCaps headed to Binghamton where they will close out their six-game road trip against the Senators on Saturday night.

▲     Eddie Pasquale, Jarred Tinordi, Josiah Didier, Darren Dietz

 Statistics 
ICECAPS COMETS
 15 Shots 31
1 for 3 Power Play 0 for 5
15 Penalty Minutes 11
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-5-4-2) 1 0 0 1 2
 Comets (9-9-2-1) 0 1 0 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Miceli (2), Holloway (7)
  • UTI:  Sautner (3)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 3-1-1-0
  • UTI: Cannata (L) 6-5-2-1
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  2. Brian Holloway   STJ
  3. Ashton Sautner  UTI
Pasquale

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • “The way we’re playing, we’re playing tight hockey games and we’re finding ways to get points.”
  • “Tonight the power-play came up big in overtime. And even the penalty-kill came up big at the end of the game.”
  • “Eddie [Pasquale] was great in net. I thought defensively we bent but didn’t break. We did some good things defensively.”
  • “[Utica Comets] played well, they played hard, they finished every check. On the forecheck, they were aggressive, they finished their checks on our defensemen. It takes a toll on everybody.”
  • “[Jarred Tinordi] is logging a lot of minutes. Every game you can see that he’s gaining confidence. Defensively, he plays hard, he takes the body, he’s got a long reach, long stick and he’s getting more confidence with the puck.”
  • “[Nikita] Scherbak is not going to be back until probably the end of January.”

Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with Charles Hudon

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IceCaps Recall Defenceman Josiah Didier from Brampton Beast

Didier recalled to IceCaps
JOSIAH DIDIER RETURNS FROM BRAMPTON

Josiah Didier
Josiah Didier

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 14, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have assigned defenceman Josiah Didier to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The 23-year-old has scored a goal in three games with the Beast so far this season and was scoreless in one outing with the IceCaps.

Didier was signed to a one-year American Hockey League contract in the off-season after completing a professional try out contract (PTO) with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton last season. In 148 career NCAA games with the University of Denver from 2011 to 2015, the Littleton, CO native recorded 29 points (4 goals, 25 assists) and 203 penalty minutes.

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IceCaps Assign Defenceman Josiah Didier to Brampton Beast

IceCaps assign Didier to Brampton
DEFENCEMAN JOSIAH DIDIER REASSIGNED TO ECHL AFFILIATE

Josiah Didier
Josiah Didier

St. John’s IceCaps Media Release

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 14, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have assigned defenceman Josiah Didier to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

The 23-year-old has scored a goal in three games with the Beast so far this season and was scoreless in one outing with the IceCaps.

Didier was signed to a one-year American Hockey League contract in the off-season after completing a professional try out contract (PTO) with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton last season. In 148 career NCAA games with the University of Denver from 2011 to 2015, the Littleton, CO native recorded 29 points (4 goals, 25 assists) and 203 penalty minutes.

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IceCaps Assign Forward Mark MacMillan to Beast

MacMillan Reassigned to Brampton
CANADIENS REASSIGN FORWARD MACMILLAN TO ECHL CLUB

Mark MacMillan
Mark MacMillan

St. John’s IceCaps MEDIA RELEASE

ST. JOHN’S, NL (November 1, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have reassigned forward Mark MacMillan to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

MacMillan was scoreless in one game with the IceCaps and three games with the Beast so far this season.

The Penticton, B.C. native was a fourth-round draft pick of the Canadiens in 2010. Named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defensive forward of the year in 2014-15 with the University of North Dakota, MacMillan was signed to a two-year NHL entry level contract in April, 2015.

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IceCaps Recall Forward MacMillan, Defenceman Didier from Beast

IceCaps recall MacMillan and Didier from Brampton
MARK MACMILLIAN AND JOSIAH DIDIER RETURN FROM ECHL

Josiah Didier
Josiah Didier

St. John’s IceCaps MEDIA RELEASE

MONTREAL, QUEBEC (October 27, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have recalled forward Mark MacMillan and defenceman Josiah Didier from the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

MacMillan was scoreless in three games with the Beast, while Didier had a goal and an assist in three ECHL contests. Neither player has dressed for the IceCaps so far this season.

MacMillan was a fourth-round draft pick of the Canadiens in 2010. The Penticton, B.C. native was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defensive forward of the year in 2014-15 with the University of North Dakota.

Didier was signed to a one-year American Hockey League contract in the off-season after completing a professional try out contract (PTO) with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton last season. In 148 career NCAA games with the University of Denver from 2011 to 2015, the Littleton, CO native recorded 29 points (4 goals, 25 assists) and 203 penalty minutes.

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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 Forward MacMillan, Defenceman Didier to Beast

IceCaps assign MacMillan and Didier to Brampton
ICECAPS PLAYERS HEADED TO ECHL AFFILIATE TEAM

Mark MacMillan
Mark MacMillan

St. John’s IceCaps MEDIA RELEASE

MONTREAL, QUEBEC (October 22, 2015) – Montreal Canadiens and St. John’s IceCaps General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the IceCaps have assigned forward Mark MacMillan and defenceman Josiah Didier to the Brampton Beast of the ECHL.

Neither player has dressed for the IceCaps so far this season.

MacMillan was a fourth-round draft pick of the Canadiens in 2010. The Penticton, B.C. native was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference defensive forward of the year in 2014-15 with the University of North Dakota.

Didier was signed to a one-year American Hockey League contract in the off-season after completing a professional try out contract (PTO) with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton last season. In 148 career NCAA games with the University of Denver from 2011 to 2015, the Littleton, CO native recorded 29 points (4 goals, 25 assists) and 203 penalty minutes.

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IceCaps Roster Feature – Josiah Didier

by Nic Phelan, Lead Correspondent, IceCaps Hockey Report

Josiah Didier (Photo by Canadiens.com)

ST. JOHN’S, NL. — Josiah Didier is a lesser known name on the list of players projected to make the IceCaps roster. This is partly to do with the transition of the NHL moving to fast paced hockey with skilled forwards and puck moving defensemen. Didier figures to be a stay-at-home defensive defenseman.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 Entry Draft, Didier opted to spend the past four years at the University of Denver. He had his most productive season with Denver this past year as he recorded three goals and eight assists over 40 games. He was alternate captain for a Pioneers team which made it to the Frozen Four last season.

After seeing his team bow out to the eventual National Champions Providence, Didier went on to sign a professional try-out contract (PTO) with the Hamilton Bulldogs and left a good enough impression on Sylvain Lefebvre and the Habs brass to be re-signed to a one year contract with the IceCaps this offseason. In his eight games under the PTO, Didier registered a single assist but played critical minutes with Nathan Beaulieu and Greg Pateryn playing with the Canadiens through their playoff run.

Didier brings a physical aspect to the back end that is missing with the absence of Pateryn and Tinordi. He’s known as a team player, a leader and isn’t afraid to play with an edge and physicality. Although he remains under the radar he figures to be leaned on heavily by the IceCaps this upcoming season mentoring young guys coming up through on how to be a professional.


In case you missed our previous player features:

IceCaps Roster Feature – Sven Andrighetto
IceCaps Roster Feature – Mark Barberio
IceCaps Roster Feature – Mac Bennett
IceCaps Roster Feature – Tim Bozon
IceCaps Roster Feature – Daniel Carr
IceCaps Roster Feature – Connor Crisp